Photos by Scott Windsor
Each winter season comes around to remind us that effective layering and suitable clothing are the only way to survive cold-weather mountain biking, in the UK anyway. Fortunately, with each cold season that blows through, brands launch their weather-defying technology. This season, I’ve been out and about, putting the new Fox Women’s Ranger 2.5L Water Jacket to the test.
After spending the first half of the year kitted out in Fox’s women’s summer collection, I was excited to put this new jacket in action. Available in either black or green, I was landed to receive the deep forest green variation of the Fox Women’s Ranger 2.5L Water Jacket. As I mentioned in my previous Fox review, I’ve been getting my sizing wrong and all over the place, so I was hesitant to try an XS size. However, much to my surprise, the fit is tremendous! For reference, my chesticle size (through the nips) is 34.5″, and my waist (the skinniest bit) is 26″.
The Fox Women’s Ranger 2.5L Water Jacket is a fully seam-sealed jacket offering a waterproof level of 10,000 millimetres, and 3,000-gram breathability rating. Finished off with a water-repellent coating, this jacket is lightweight and easily packable, making it ideal as a spare layer or your main riding jacket. What’s also handy is having two spacious zipped pockets on the front of the jacket which more than accommodates most phone sizes, along with snacks, gloves and, for me, lip balm!
There is also a hood with an elastic rim that fits over the helmet when it’s raining. However, I found the hood to be a little flappy when not in use, bunching up behind me which I catch in my peripheral vision. It would be great if Fox had a button clip or magnet to keep the hood in place when not in use. Furthermore, when I did pull it over my head, while it did cover a majority of my helmet, it didn’t quite reach the peak which left the front vents quite exposed. Saying that though, it’s just the hood and personally, I don’t use them all that often so, for me, this is a minor drawback.
Verdict: Fox Women’s Ranger 2.5L Water Jacket
I can confidently say that I really like riding in this jacket. Not just because it’s probably the best-fitting riding jacket that I own, and it looks really bloody nice, but it keeps me really warm and dry. I typically wear a merino or technical baselayer underneath this and that’s all! I suspect additional layers will be needed when the temperature drops further, but for now, this jacket is well worth the original RRP of £90.
I should also mention that I have washed this jacket a few times in the machine (as per label recommendations), and it certainly holds up well. Not losing any shape, colour or protection, I’ve been able to wear this jacket time and time again. For more information on the Fox Women’s Ranger 2.5L Water Jacket, head to Fox’s website here.
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