One of the wonderful gifts I received this Christmas was the Fox Ranger 2.5L jacket. It’s been on my list for a while now and I thought a nice unbiased review would be well suited after a bimble round in the snow and the mud.
The Ranger has a 10,000 millimeter waterproof layer that fought off all the snow and mud I could throw at it. The jacket is lightweight and breathable, perfect for a top layer for the wetter days but not suitable for use as a warm layer in the cold. Combined with a thermal base layer and a long sleeve jersey I stayed pretty warm throughout my ride in the snow. I even removed the jacket when entering a cafe and it packed away nice and small into my already busy rucksack.
The Ranger jacket is comfortable as well as stylish, it looked great with my fox riding trousers. There are two large zipped pockets that would comfortably fit most mobile phones or multi tools if needed, and my favourite feature you don’t find on standard jackets, is a good that fits comfortably over the helmet. Elastic aged cuffs and waist can help to keep the cold out and the ripstop fabric survived a few brushes with the brambles, something my previous jackets didn’t hold up to.
Usually when I get back covered in mud I need to hose myself down or machine wash my jacket. With the Fox Ranger I managed to wipe the most of the mud off with a rag, I can imagine after a few more rides it’ll need a hose down but the waterproofing helps the dirt to bead and roll off easily.
My criticisms of the jacket if anything g would be that the sizing is slightly small compared to other alternatives and there’s a lack of smaller pockets for those like to carry things on them rather than in a rucksack.
Pros: Stylish, Waterproof, Breathable, Compact, Great Value, Helmet sized hood, durable.
Cons: Slightly small sizing, lack of pockets
Overall I think the Fox Ranger is a great jacket, and there’s a reason it’s widely sought after. It can be a bit out of budget for most of us but I firmly believe this is a perfect example of ‘Buy nice or buy twice’. A good waterproof layer is a must have for any MTB’er especially in the UK, and this one stands up to the challenge