Fox Head Attack Pro Shorts 2017 Mountain Bike Review

Fox Head Attack Pro Shorts 2017

Reviews / Shorts

Fox Head 206,945

At A Glance

When it comes to MTB branding and style then it’s safe to say that Fox are usually right up there with the best, with a visually striking and effervescent range of hues to make you and your MTB footage ‘pop’ with colour. They say that clothes maketh the man, and certainly having the right gear helps you to get along with your ride and stay happier for longer. And on many levels the Attack Pro shorts provide a host of ride-enhancing features.

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Pitched at the higher price bracket these are no slouch in the premium short trousers department, but when it comes down to it, what can you really expect from a pair of shorts? Well, first of all, the material feels absolutely bomb-proof and that has to count for an awful lot if you’re considering longevity and value for money. Time will tell, of course, as to whether they last as long as they feel they should, but the early signs of wear are that these will go on for a good few years at least.

On the list of features the Attack Pro shorts deliver two low-profile, laser-cut zipped pockets for keeping your beer money and a key safe - pleasingly they’re large enough even to get my fat extra large hands in.

The waistband is an area where you’ll find a few neat features; Fox have opted to use a nifty little ratchet system in lieu of a popper or buttoned fastener, which does give a good range of teeth so you can find your perfect fit. Backed up by a Velcro tab the ratchet is a nice detail that adds an air of quality to the Attack Pro shorts and the materials feel solid and dependable. It works and removes the need for adjustment tabs on the sides, keeping the line of the shorts clean and crisp.

Delving inside the waistband there is a soft lining to provide comfort for hours in the saddle, and a grippy strip on either side offers some more security around the hips to keep them in place.

On The Trail

The cut of the Attack Pro shorts is very good once on, and looks and feels snug and reassuring, though for slim ‘biker types’ we experienced difficulty in trying to just get them on and off over our thighs and hips due to the extremely short fly. Fox have done away with a conventional fly in order to save weight and improve comfort, instead utilising the ratchet and a short zipper-less fly. Even with the ideal waist size it was odd that such a simple task was made so difficult because of such a small aperture. An extra few centimetres added to the fly length would have made life a little easier.

There was ample room around the knees to fit a medium to low profile knee pad under the shorts. The fact that they kept themselves to themselves and just got on with being subtly great on the test rides suggests that the shorts were doing their job of being comfortable and durable.

Overall

As you would expect from a high-end MTB garment, the finish, styling and quality is excellent, with the materials and construction showcasing the latest in textile technologies. Welded seams, four-way stretch and laser cut vents all combine to offer a very high-quality look, fit and feel, which should last through many years of riding. The weight and materials lend these shorts to summer adventures, with venting and breathability high on the list.

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By James Swann
Originally from Sheffield, James lives and works in the mountain bike mecca that is the Lake District and has been falling off bikes since he was six. In between working on bike events, riding bikes, racing bikes and writing about bikes he enjoys talking about bikes with anyone who will listen. He really likes bikes.

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