Women’s Fox Defend Pants

$199.99

foxracing.com.au

With heavier duty fabrics and features, the Defend pants are targeted at shuttle days and park rats, prioritising protection and durability over pedal-friendly stretchiness and breathability. 

Materials, Fit, and Features

The Defend uses a heavy abrasion-resistant Cordura fabric in the main panels. The inseam panels are very stretchy to allow more movement. The knee panels are thicker fabric again, with reinforced stitching. The Defend pants are tapered perfectly around the ankles and calves. They fit true to size although and a water repellent finish is a nod towards cooler season use.

The waistband uses a ratchet closure similar to those on moto pants. It is quick and simple to open and close and won’t budge under impact or sudden movements; beneficial to park or downhill riders, but also aggressive trail riders. The low-rise waist does mean the pants pull down slightly when pedalling in the saddle. 

On the Bike

The Defend pants were confidence inspiring. The heavier fabric and reinforced knee panels are built to withstand everyday knocks and scrapes. The pedalling comfort was nowhere near that of the Ranger pants; this wasn’t so much due to the weight as the low-rise waist. I found myself stopping to pull the pants up after they gradually shifted down during climbs. The pockets don’t run backwards, and they also don’t run as deep or stretchy as the Ranger pants. This meant my phone was not in an ideal pedalling position, and I’d recommend wearing bib liners with pockets for storing larger items when wearing the Defend pants. 

The water repellent finish and heavy-duty textiles meant breathability was greatly sacrificed. My knee guards and socks were a wet, sweaty mess after several hours. However, I wouldn’t hesitate wear these in the cooler months. The shower resistant fabric will keep rain at bay, while the tapered cuffs will prevent mud and debris creeping into socks. 

Who do they suit? 

The Defend are the ideal pants for enduro racers or those exploring blind trails where protection is the priority. They’d also be a welcome daily companion on winter rides, when the terrain is moist and unpredictable. The Defend opts for durability and longevity over comfort and breathability.

Hits

  • Abrasion resistant 
  • Durable 
  • Reliable waist closure system 

Misses

  • Heavy (for trail use)
  • Low-rise waist