We've been putting Fox’s second generation Flexair off road rider clothing range to the Enduro21 long term test with a set of 'Preest' pants, jersey and gloves.
Though Fox have a strong presence in the MX world, sponsored riders like Taddy Blazusiak, Manuel Lettinbichler and Daniel Sanders are just three big names rocking the Fox gear in Enduro.
With new features based on rider feedback, and new manufacturing technology bringing ever more functional materials and design changes to riding kit, this year’s Fox Flexair range is on the money.
We’ve had a gear set of the ‘Preest’ design in yellow and black on test for most of 2018 and have been living with it over long weekend’s hitting the enduro track and trail in Portugal.
We’re concentrating on the pants, jersey and gloves in this tested review, though you’ll see Fox's boots, helmet and gloves to match are also in the pictures (to be reviewed at a later date).
Photo Credit throughout: Andrea Belluschi/Future7Media
In 2015, the Flexair Pant was born. Fast forward two years and the second generation Flexair Pant picks up where the original left off, bringing a highly-evolved fit and multiple technical enhancements.
With riding styles changing the ability to continually adapt and modify your position on the bike is paramount. The new pant features an entirely new chassis for drastically improved fit.
The main pants body is cut from durable, four-way stretch TruMotion fabric for mobility. The durable, stretch fabric with Spandex content allows for greater range of motion and rapid dry time.
A new knee design provides a sleek performance fit over braces by removing excess material, eliminating binding, and improving movement.
The updated waistband has a more secure fit for distraction-free riding and Fox eliminated the internal comfort liner to remove excess weight and heat.
Strategically placed venting increases airflow and helps regulate body temperature. Taped seams reduce chafing and increase comfort against bare skin too.
The jersey is constructed using the most advanced fabrics and construction techniques to create a lightweight, airy and free moving jersey.
TruDri main body fabric provides a soft, lightweight fit with true moisture wicking abilities, taped seams in shoulder and collar to reduce chaffing on body, plus a bonded cuff for a slim, athletic fit.
After testing this set of much of 2018 so far, mainly during all-day weekend trail riding, we’ve had a pretty good idea of how the second generation Flexair kit performs. The weather we’ve used it in has been mixed, wet and dry but more often it has been hot and dry so ventilation and wicking properties have been put to the test.
Flexair Preest Jersey
A ‘barely there’ feel about the Flexair Preest jersey is the over-riding feature. It is light and air flows freely to give it a genuine 'hardly there' feel. In hot riding conditions this has been great for comfort and the slim design stops too much flapping of material as speed increases.
The flexible and strong TruDri material has stood up well to riding with no tears so far and has washed well without fading. The nature of TruDri means it dispatches sweat or water quickly too.
Taped seams on the shoulders and collar are a neat touch to keep it comfy, particularly when wearing a drinks pouch or back pack with straps across the shoulders. Taped areas inside the cuff at the wrist are a useful addition too and help keep sleeves in place. We know that some riders cut the tape out but our tester, Philippe, liked the way it held sleeves in place when riding.
Flexair Preest Pant
Characterised again by their light, strong and flexible feel, the new Flexair pants are well-designed riding kit for off-road sport. As Fox says, the material is flexible and provides free movement when you're riding and constantly going from the standing to sitting riding positions - which also makes them very comfortable walking about.
The silicone inside the waist band does a good job of both holding pants in place and keeping the jersey tucked in also when you’re up and down from the seat a lot.
Ventilation is good with drilled holes on the thighs and knees doing the bulk of the work letting air flow inside as you ride.
An important aspect about the new design is the accommodation for knee braces and reduction of excess material and bulk on the outside. The fit feels tight when you first put them over knee braces (depending on your size and knee brace manufacturer this may vary) but the flexible nature of the pants means you don’t notice this as you ride.
Flexair Preest Gloves
Our tester is in love these all-black Flexair gloves. The flexible material across the glove means a very good fit with a positive palm feel on the bars. With drilled ventilation across the palm, plus mess between fingers, the air flow is good in hot weather too. There is no additional layered material for vulnerable areas like the thumbs however.
On the upper-side of the gloves the Cordura ripstop material is light and flexible still but is tough and stands up well to brushes with the scenery and generally has taken a hard time of it without ripping or tearing.
Really liked: the look of the gloves, all-round lightness and flexibility when riding of all the kit.
Price: Pants $172/£135, Jersey $67/£53, Gloves $34/£21
Colours: Yellow/red and limited edition