Pinkbike Product Picks

May 17, 2013
by Amanda Batty  
Fox Ventilator Diva short

The Ventilator Diva short is Fox's high-end women's all mountain short that's made of their lightweight Ultra Q4 Fabric and 4-way stretch with four front mesh vents. The one zippered hip pocket contains a detachable goggle cloth and media port, while the interior waistband hides Velcro adjustable straps. The Ventilator Diva comes with a detachable Evo Women's chamois and is available in black in size S, M, and L. MSRP $119.00 USD. www.foxmtb.com

Well ventilated and quick drying, the Diva short is a full-featured short for long days of pedaling.

Pinkbike's take:
bigquotesThese are my new favorite pedaling short thanks to the quick-dry fabric and true-to-their name vents, as well as the length; they hit right above the knee, although I did find myself yanking on the hemline while climbing steeper stuff to keep them from sliding up. Another plus is the stretchable fabric: it means the shorts pull instead of tearing when dipping through tight trees and for those over-the-bars moments, and stretch seams don't pop and split when the fabric is under duress. I chose to remove the chamois after finding it too large and wishy-washy, but then regretted the decision as soon as the fabric took on a bit of dampness from a spring rainstorm and the seams began to chafe... For shorts at this price I expected more wear options without the pain. The one pocket includes a media port as well as an attached, removable goggle rag, but doesn't allow for much storage aside from an energy gel or small phone. An adjustable inner Velcro waist and generous fit accommodate all sizes of hips and bodies; the soft waistband doesn't scratch or pull on skin during the ride, even when sweat or rain soaked. Four front vents pull hot air up and away from skin mid-pedal stroke while the rear of the shorts stays movement and wrinkle-free for maximum comfort, although the zip front fly seam is a tad too long for pedaling and could possibly create a problem while for those whose torso is a bit shorter than my own. Don't be fooled by the short's light feel or the comfort - these mid-length babies will handle every climb and every drop in steamy jungle temperatures or dry desert heat. However, there's not much storage - bring a pack for any extras you may need. A great all-mountain short is hard to find; finding a great all-mountain short that also doubles as a swimming suit is even harder. - Amanda Batty



Easton Lock-On grips

Tired of seeing carbon bars getting scratched and scored by the metal clamps on some lock-on grips, Easton decided to take matters into their own hands, and has released a line of carbon-friendly grips. What makes a grip carbon-friendly? Well, in this case, when the metal outer ring on each side of the grip is tightened down, the inner plastic sleeve is pushed against the bar, holding the grip securely in place without any metal actually touching the handlebar. Easton went with an elastomeric polyurethane for the outer portion of the grip, citing the material's increased durability and comfort over the Kraton that most grips are made from. The rubber portion of the grip extends over both metal lock-on clamps, forming a slight flange on each side. The top of the grip is slightly thicker and is designed to offer a bit of cushioning, while the lower portion where the fingers rest is textured to prevent hand slippage. The grip's effective width is 132mm, and they are available in two thicknesses, 30 and 33mm. Colors: black, blue, red, orange, green, white. MSRP: $25 USD. www.eastoncycling.com

Easton Lock-On Grips
The clamp design prevents any metal from touching the handlebars, while the patterning provides cushioning up top and traction below.

Pinkbike's take:
bigquotesAs with most lock-on grips, installation is as easy as sliding them on and tightening the hex socket head bolt on each side. We ended up moving our brake levers and shifters slightly more inboard, as the outer flange portion of the grip moved our hand position to the inside of the handlebar. On the trail, the grips felt similar to a perfectly broken in pair of ODI Ruffians, a perennial favorite of ours. The 30mm thickness felt just right, and the outer flange was comfortable under the outside of the palm, providing a feeling of security, something to push against during hard cornering and in rough terrain. The grip pattern worked as intended - the upper part was comfortable, and there was plenty of traction provided by the raised lettering on the underside of the grip. It's still too early to definitively rule on the lifespan of the elastomeric polyurethane, but so far it has held up remarkably well, showing no signs of premature wear. Easton's entry into the lock-on world left us impressed, earning a spot on our list of favorite grips. - Mike Kazimer



Fox Women's Reflex Gel glove

Fox Women's Reflex Gel glove is a flexible, soft polyester urethane acetate upper attached to their double layer Ax Suede Fit® palm with padded gel palm inserts and laser-cut air vents. The glove has Silicone printed lever grip fingertips and an absorbent thumb, as well as a low-profile stretch cuff and an angled Velcro wrist closure. Fox Womens Reflex Gel Glove: available in Black, Pink or Blue and sizes S, M and L. MSRP $32.95 USD. www.foxmtb.com

The Reflex Gel glove's padded suede palm helps with those teeth-rattling sections of trail, and the angled closure and stretchable fabric of the cuff prevents any distracting pinches

Pinkbike's take:
bigquotesFor the soft-handed, hard-hitting ladies (or dudes with small hands) that need a bit of extra cushioning on the palms, this glove just may be the best thing since sliced bread. With gel contacts on both the upper and lower palms, Fox has your hands handled for all sorts of ascents and descents. As a skeptical optimist of glove tech, I was a bit excited about the vibration dampening properties these might have on a technical climb or a chundery downhill and, to my great surprise, it was everything I had hoped for without any loss of sensation or control. The strategically shaped gel pads rest easily on a grip and provide great contact and sense of control. Worries about overheating and sweaty palms were addressed via well-placed finger and palm vents, as well as a lightweight woven back and fingers. A soft microfiber thumb sleeve connected to a tough leather palm cleans up a runny nose while printed index and middle lever grips keep your fingers where they should be and your eyes on the trail. There's no knuckle padding for the protection of precious pinkies, but the Velcro-closure cuff, stretch fit and fall-resistant suede almost make up for it. Overall, this is a lightweight glove for anyone who loves comfort, flex and durability; it's great for hot summer rides and hike-a-bike. I loved everything about this glove, to be honest. Even the lack of knuckle protection does not bother me as these are a confidence inspiring, feel-everything-but-the-bad-stuff sort of glove. - Amanda Batty






79 Comments

  • + 25
 I voted for the gloves, just to make the poll relevant.
  • + 181
 sometimes I cover myself in vaseline and pretend to be a slug
  • + 5
 I have the guys version of the reflex and they're great except the Velcro straps have started to tear off now Frown
  • + 2
 Me too :-(
  • + 10
 the rabbit running across our backyard scared the Sh!t out of me.
  • + 6
 those grips look sweet! and i love the 33mm!
  • + 19
 How many sweatshop-workers did die in bangladesh to produce a pair of those overpriced shorts?
  • + 7
 many ^^
  • + 3
 I don't think they were made in the primark factory
  • - 23
flag Biggups (May 17, 2013 at 5:14) (Below Threshold)
 I pity a fool who buys any mountain bike gloves let alone these flamboiyant ones. I have a pair of hunting gloves for shooting and biking that lastested 5 years and almost lost them in a camp fire. $14 goes a long way in PA and they look better also.
  • + 3
 That's stupid. You need proper ventilation, padding in the right places, and lack of padding in the right places in an mtb glove. I personally don't wear gloves, I prefer bare hands, but if I wore gloves, they'd be proper mtb specific ones
  • + 2
 I have several Fox Seargent shorts and there are great, until they tear up in the crouch after 6 months of usage. They should have a better quality for the price.
  • - 13
flag Biggups (May 17, 2013 at 6:20) (Below Threshold)
 Anyone who knows anything will tell you paying $50 for ventilated mtb gloves that fall appart after three rides is foolish behavior. Go to a moto or hunting shop and see how gloves are supposed to be made. The numbers dont lie my friend. Mtb-fox gloves lasted 3 days, $14 hunting gloves 5-6 years. No problems here with venting, maybe stop death gripping the bars and your hands will cool down. Moto gloves are the best or Mechanix. Buy one pair and fugetaboutit. Buy $50 fox gloves do two runs and throw in the trash, the choice is yours. My hands are doing awesome in my hunting gloves and have ten pairs of moto gloves that also lasted 5-6 years and still going. As far as fox mtb shorts, the only problem with them is when you wearing them you look like a cookie cutter mtb enthusiast. Heres another tip, buy some riding underwear padded chamois shorts then wear anything you want on top.
  • + 20
 You're just the hipster of biking, aren't you?
  • + 6
 Your an idiot Biggups, ive had my fox gloves for over two years now, with no holes forming or anything... only things that have changed is the red fading to a darker red HA
  • + 2
 For me, mtb gloves last 2 rides till a hole starts. 1 week and then the whole tip of my finger shows. I've had fox, raceface and 661. The 661 were the best it took a month for my finger tip came out. I don't use gloves now, no point. Those grips are nice 2 tips for them.
  • + 1
 I've only ever had one problem with gloves and that is the velcro tabs ripping off after a couple of months so I've moved to slip on gloves (no velcro) and they work great, I've had them for almost a year now.
  • + 1
 @nfa2005 I had exactly the same problem with some old 661 gloves but now Ive had the same gloves for well over a year, Royal Racing gloves rock, so comfy, nice and thin but still dont rip
  • - 17
flag Biggups (May 17, 2013 at 8:00) (Below Threshold)
 Only idiot gear queers buy industry crap from fox. Someone needs to pay the bills so keep it coming.
  • + 11
 @Biggups? What the hell are you riding to wreck a set of Fox gloves in 3 days? Cheese graters on your bars?
  • + 8
 mnorris - " I don't use this product or any like it, but here's my two cents and you are stupid to think otherwise"

Welcome to the world we live in.
  • + 3
 My fox gloves last me 6 months plus and I use them for digging too. If you are only getting 3 days out of them, pretty sure you are doing something wrong.
  • - 2
 Best comment eu
  • + 2
 My 661 comps have lasted me a season and a hole in the finger is starting to show now, not bad IMO. Just picked up a replacement set on sale at my LBS for $10.....not $50. @biggups is more than welcome to use whatver he wants, but "gear queers"? come on america....
  • + 2
 @ Casums: Thank you. I thought I was the only person doing that.
  • + 0
 Never have had a problem with Fox quality. Biggups is a complete moron.
  • + 0
 He probably gets his hands and feet mixed up so he wears his gloves as his shoes instead.
  • - 5
flag RodRamsey (May 17, 2013 at 11:47) (Below Threshold)
 Any real rider knows fox gloves are for girls. When you grow some man sized mitts then you need real man gloves kiddie poops. Bye the way HELOOOOOO FROM BROOOOKLYYYYN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 10
 Wow. Some of us should probably listen to Biggups. While he is certainly exaggerating about the durability, (or lack thereof) of his fox gloves, it is true that for the price, mountain bike "specific" products are generally WAY overpriced for what they actually yield. I've never been impressed with the durability of modern mountain bike apparel, and I think that it's crazy that we've become accustomed to continue to support products that repeatedly fall short. And why? Because they have a logo on them? Because they are "mountain bike specific?" Well guess what folks, that's marketing, and it seems to be working very effectively in the mountain biking world.
Biggups should be applauded for not succumbing to a company's marketing, and the whole idea of an industry fueled by consumption. If he has found a cheap pair of gloves that has lasted a long time, good for him! If there are any noticeable performance drawbacks to using said gloves, well then that's his problem. Why are we getting so mad about one guy who is pleased with a product that just might actually work, even though it doesn't have a TLD or Fox or Dakine logo on it.
Let him continue to ride happily in his cheap moto gloves long into the sunset, while we continue to justify dropping 50$ on a new pair of gloves every season.
  • + 2
 Hey bro I couldnt agree more but sometimes the truth hurts, sensative feelings, crying episodes etc. You get the point. A recomendation for gloves turns into a high school slap off lool. Sophmoronic attitudes are a plenty on this site and I know Biggups personally. You guys would be blessed to ride with him or you can flap all day on a website about womens fox gloves, makes no difference to me or him. He's out riding street right now, just called me. I too lazy tonight plus tha yankees are playing so fugetaboutits. Yo find some gloves shut up an ride. Leave the drama for your mamameeeyyamamameya let me go I have to gooooooooooo.
  • + 1
 I had to buy some gloves last minute before a trip one time....the only place open only had pearl izumi....I have to admit they are the best gloves I've owned
  • + 4
 @HMBA106, I have to agree with you; as the tester (and author) of these products (and this review), I'm no longer a fan of the gloves -- less than 25 rides in, the silicone finger pad printings are completely gone and the gloves are beginning to open at the seams. Also, the gel padding has misshapen into a lump that now leaves sizable blisters on my sore hands and I've reverted back to my trusty Fox men's gloves or, during cold weather, my mechanix. Every single feature I loved about the gloves initially has worn out or stretched to the point that I can no longer rely on my hands to do their jobs while riding in these... If I had purchased these gloves, I would have been irate about the durability and quality... As to the commenter above who mentioned "Fox gloves are for girls", no... They're not. They don't hold up to the amount of wear and tear I require my gloves to tolerate.
  • + 0
 Thats funny you agree word for word with my boy biggups, even with the Mechanix being awesome for riding but pink staff decided his comments were too scary for the pink croud so deleted him. Oh well I don't get into these useless riffs on bike parts, I already know what works. Biggups not too broken up we were on chairlift all weekend and didnt even say a word about any of that business. Do you think its weird that the reviewer agrees with the person that got banned for keeping it real. Must be some friction behind the scenes in pinky land.
  • + 2
 Wow. That's low pinkbike
  • + 8
 Quite liking those grips!!
  • + 2
 aye - remind me of some yeti grips I had in the 90s
  • + 2
 I dig the grips a lot and I really thought they'd price them much higher. Gonna give them a try when the time comes to change grips!
  • + 1
 I can't find the grip's on their website. Anyone able to find them?
  • + 1
 They'll be available at the beginning of June, so Easton may not have updated their site yet.
  • + 1
 The grips are amazing! I love them on my bike. I might as well be glued to the bars, they're that great!
  • + 7
 Damn those shorts look tight, "does my bum look big in this"
  • + 2
 Uhhhh, it's a butt close-up shot of stretchy riding shorts. They're actually quite loose. But thanks.

Also, just for future reference -- power comes from a well-developed ass. #battybooty
  • + 1
 here, here, Nice one.
  • + 8
 I am typing !!
  • + 4
 bravo!
  • + 2
 No you're not !!
  • + 2
 I'll never buy Fox shorts ever again... bout 20 rides and the chamois in the under garment came loose and folded over itself in the stitched pocket... Ventilators too, there gloves on the other hand are awesome !!!
  • + 10
 I feel like most "built in" chamois look super cheap. I buy "real" ones and then wear shorts over them. It might be more expensive but it's a winning combo so far.
  • + 2
 Definitely will never buy Fox shorts as well. The zippers are garbage. Why they don't use YKK zippers is beyond me. Also, the chamois that come with TLD's Ruckus shorts are pretty fantastic. Well for not XC riding anyway.
  • + 2
 Or you can just buy lycra shorts with good chamois and wear them proudly without covering it up.
  • + 1
 I cover them with shorts because they're much more durable and less expensive than lycras.
  • + 3
 I see what you did there - gloves... on the other hand... - hat tip to you sir!
  • + 2
 On my mobile I thought someone finally made some slim fitting shorts for men.....nope. There's an underserved market right there.
  • + 2
 I hear you, most of them are wayyyy too big. Finding slimmer shorts can be quite a chore.
  • + 1
 best i've found so far are zoic.
  • + 3
 There are better brands of shorts for women.
  • + 3
 Yeah I have had Fox shorts and didn't like them much. I prefer Dakine. But, everyone has their own preference.
  • + 2
 I find most women's shorts, kind of boring.
  • + 1
 May give the grips a try when my Ruffians wear out again (Just got a 2nd pair of them after 4 years of riding.) Shorts look overpriced though.
  • + 1
 My girl loves riding but I never saw her on a bike before heeeyooooo, grow a sense of humor, you'll live longer and maybe make a couple friends.
  • + 1
 Today i learned I've been wearing women's bike shorts for the past year fml.... on the bright side it makes my bum look big...
  • + 2
 if a man in the woods wears the Ventilator Diva shorts, is he still a man?
  • + 2
 Any idea when the grips will be available?
  • + 1
 They should be available at the beginning of June.
  • + 1
 Have the men's version of those gloves and they are great.
  • - 2
 Why do women bikers go out of their way to wear guys shorts when they look way better in Lycra? And before somebody calls this out for sexism I also have to say it works the other way for guys as well.
  • + 4
 I would say... why do clothing companies insist on dressing women in ugly guys clothes
  • + 0
 My girl loves riding but she wears running apparel because women's gear looks like pink or purple men's gear. I wish someone would design some female gear that can keep them looking like ladies
  • + 0
 I'm in agreement. Women should wear tight clothes at all times, the UCI should have mandated skinsuits for women's DH. '
  • + 2
 the grips look sick
  • + 1
 Those shorts are ova priced.
  • + 1
 I would have to test those grips, the outer flange looks huge.
  • + 0
 Where do nun's come from if they are not allowed ro have children??
  • + 1
 Nuns are placed here by god ofc...
  • + 1
 Oldest virgins in town!
  • - 1
 Damn i wanted fox grips now its a shame! I wanted all fox today for the Product picks
  • + 0
 love it
  • - 1
 $25 for some grips? Naaah, i'll give it a miss.
  • - 3
 Who makes a photo of women's pants without showing the ass?

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