Ladies looking for a great mountain bike jacket that is both practical and stylish, we give you the Fox Ranger rain jacket
As the late summer monsoons descended upon the high country, the Fox Ranger rain jacket kept us nice and dry while pedaling along miles of Colorado singletrack. Finding a women’s rain jacket that is not only waterproof and breathable but stylish is hard to come by. So we were pretty excited when we stumbled across this sleek, mountain bike-specific rain jacket. Here’s what we have to say after several rainy day romps, ranging from a light drizzle to straight downpour.
This lightweight jacket takes up little space in your backpack or hip pack until needed. But when the rain starts to pour, pull it out and throw it on for ultimate rain and wind protection. With 10,000mm/3,000gm, this 2.5-Layer waterproof jacket includes fully-sealed seams, keeping raindrops and puddle splashes off your upper body. The helmet compatible hood and draw cord cinching on the hem and elastic cuff all help to keep the rain out as well.
The only issue we ran into was when we started to sweat on the super steep uphills. Although this jacket is quite breathable, it is still prone to the same common issue that most rain jackets have. We finished our ascent and noticed the fabric sticking a little bit to our skin. Something we should note is that we have yet to find a rain jacket that doesn’t do this (if you’re out there, let us know). Come fall, however, we’ll be interested to see if we have the same issue given the lower temps and long sleeve jerseys we rock.
You can’t go wrong with black. Add two silver Fox branded designs — their signature typography on the front of the chest and the Fox head logo on the back — and you have yourself a sleek-looking jacket with a hint of steez. The overall fit is nice and relaxed, which is crucial for movement on those technical uphills and tight turns on the downhill. We never felt constrained or uncomfortable while riding in this jacket.
We will admit that the hood felt like a space helmet when we had it pulled up, but this is a small sacrifice we are willing to make to stay dry in a downpour.
If you’re in the market for a new rain jacket, we give the Fox Ranger two thumbs up. Technically speaking, you don’t have to use this jacket solely for mountain bike rides. You could also say that we tested this jacket on a few high country hikes. We are proud to report that this rain jacket looks just as good from the saddle of a mountain range as it does from the saddle of your bike, and provides the same amount of protection no matter what scenario you’re in.
This jacket is also available in a men’s version — and if it’s anything like the women’s, your brother, boyfriend or husband are going to love it.
Women’s Ranger Rain Jacket