Once exclusively the domain of gravity-oriented riders, pants are increasing in popularity for riders of all disciplines.
Women’s Fox Ranger Pants
Fox has been making apparel for over 40 years, and pride themselves on a history of illustrious athletes, as well as its meticulous research into creating purpose-built mountain bike gear. The Ranger is a light and versatile set of pants.
Materials, Fit, and Features
The Ranger is the archetypal trail pant: a casual fit mixed with a practical level of stretch and minimal weight. They do run a little large, I sized down to a small and the fit was excellent. It was tapered to perfection, hugging the calves and thighs while leaving adequate room for knee guards. A large elastic band wraps around the back of the ankle, blocking any debris or crank strike.
The Ranger's two zippered pockets kept phones and snacks far enough from the hip flexors to avoid interfering with pedal strokes. They comfortably carryied an iPhone 11 and several Baked Oaty Slices. The waistband uses a pully system stayed tight when pulled. But pulling it too much from one side sometimes loosened the other side. In any case, the fit was secure enough not to warrant it.
On the Bike
These pants maintained their shape and fit over the course of long, pedally rides. They were tight in all the right places, but stretchy enough to never feel inhibiting on climbs or descents. However, the rise was slightly too low, causing the waist to pull down when seated. This is a non-issue on downhill orientated pants, but trails pants warrant a higher waist to stay in place while pedalling. Breathability was a standout, particularly considering these are sub-$100 pants.
Who do they suit?
The Rangers are excellent value for their comfort, so will suit beginners all the way through to those riders tackling epic days in the saddle, year-round. I found myself reaching for the Ranger pants on a daily basis. With or without knee pads, the fit was my favourite of all pants tested.
- Perfectly tapered
- Surprisingly breathable
- Fiddly adjustable waist system