Fox's New Mainframe Helmet & A Preview of Spring 2022 - Sea Otter 2021

Oct 8, 2021
by Mike Kazimer  
Fox had a new, more affordable half-shell helmet on display, as well as a selection of items from their Spring '22 collection. It might seem a little early to start thinking about spring, but spring starts a little earlier than most for Fox - the new apparel should be available in February.


Fox Mainframe Helmet
Fox Sea Otter 2021

Fox Sea Otter 2021
Fox Sea Otter 2021

The Mainframe was heavily inspired by Fox's popular Speedframe helmet, but at $89.95 it's fair bit less expensive. The helmet is equipped with MIPS, large vents to keep the air flowing, and a removable, moisture wicking liner. Once feature that's missing is an adjustable visor - that's fixed in place in order to keep the cost down. The claimed weight is 390 grams for a size medium.



Defend Jersey & Pants
Fox Sea Otter 2021
The new Defend jersey is made from Fox's light, breathable TruDri fabric, with Cordura shoulder panels for increased abrasion resistance and a Carvico fabric for the arms. MSRP: $99.95 USD.

Fox Sea Otter 2021
The Defend pants ($179.95) have a DWR finish to help keep light precipitation at bay, Cordura hip panels, and laser cut vents for improved airflow.

FlexAir Pro Jersey
Fox Sea Otter 2021

Fox Sea Otter 2021
There are men's and women's versions of the FlexAir Pro jersey and pants.

Fox Sea Otter 2021
Fox Sea Otter 2021

The new FlexAir Pro jersey is aimed at DH or enduro racers who want a lighter, more form fitting long sleeve jersey. Dyneema threads are woven into the shoulder to provide lightweight abrasion resistance, and there's a generous number of vent holes on each arm. MSRP: $104.95 USD.


FlexAir Pro Pants
Fox Sea Otter 2021

Fox Sea Otter 2021
Fox Sea Otter 2021

I'm a big fan of the trend towards lighter, more pedal friendly pants - the days of having heavy, bulky motocross pants as the only option are thankfully long gone. The FlexAir Pro pants are probably the piece I'm most excited for out of the Spring '22 products Fox had on display, since they look ideal for fall and spring riding in the Pacific Northwest. They have a more form-fitting cut than the Defend pants, for the DH racers out there looking for that extra aero advantage. A zipper at each cuff makes them easier to take off, and the tough Dyneema knee panels have enough stretch to accommodate knee pads. MSRP: $199.95 USD.

Fox Sea Otter 2021
These gloves round out the FlexAir collection, with a Dyneema panel at the back of the hand, and a small section of D3O protection on the outer knuckles. MSRP: $49.95 USD.



You can find more Sea Otter coverage as the event unfolds on the homepage and under the Sea Otter 2021 tag.


61 Comments

  • 32 4
 Fox needs to restock the helmets they already have, before launching a new one! Zero size selection and terrible colorways as well.
  • 1 0
 yeah! i´m waiting for a speedframe in size m since more than 20 months now. no one got it here in europe
  • 1 0
 @BornToShred: eBay has it !
  • 4 0
 Why would you restock something that would inevitably be phased out?
  • 2 2
 @jomacba: phased out? They're phasing out their whole line? The dropframe is a newer helmet, and they've are only available in size Small now for almost a year? Your comment makes zero sense. I get supply chain issue during Covid times, but other helmet companies have good stock like TLD, POC, Smith, Leatt, etc..
  • 2 1
 @Bushmaster123: Fox has several helmets that are seeing updates that seem to fly under the radar. I also know that most of these items were supposed to be released in spring.
I’m speaking generally, so this does not apply to all of them. The RPC however is a good example.
  • 1 0
 @Bushmaster123: I just received a Speedframe Pro in size medium. It was ordered two weeks ago.
  • 1 0
 @BornToShred: I bought a speedframe a few months ago from Tredz. Pretty sure CRC have them too.
  • 1 0
 @BornToShred:
Check sportokay.com - several colors available, black should be available also soon.
  • 17 0
 Are those manikins on probation with ankle bracelets?
  • 17 4
 Is it just me or are fox's clothes poorly made. I've had two garments. A pair of shorts that fell apart and I was gifted a jersey last year and the logo has peeled away.
  • 11 0
 Yup, girlfriend and I have both had pairs of defend pants fall apart after a couple of months riding. Fox refused to stand by their product both times.

I do have a pair of socks that have held up pretty well though. Maybe they should stick to that?
  • 12 7
 I’ve had nothing but great experience with Fox gear. I actually find that Fox is a good value and quality product. Go figure.
  • 21 5
 @CircusMaximus: what department of Fox do you work for?
  • 6 0
 I don’t know… I have two pairs of summer riding gear - a long sleeve/long pants version and a short equivalent. Both from fox. Bought them both in 2016 and been riding them ever since - all logos etc. still there, seams are also fine.
  • 7 0
 @Norman22: 2016 quality was a lot better, I ride in Fox kit and still do, I was only messing above.
but I agree that the latest stuff they produce isn't the same quality.
  • 4 0
 @bakewell: Agree, their MTB line has gone to shit. My Fox 180 jerseys are 10-ish years old and it still works.
  • 7 7
 @bakewell: I don’t work for Fox. Just stating that I like their shit. Ok bye you?
  • 3 1
 @CircusMaximus: OK by me yes, as stated above I was messing but stand by what I said the quality has gone down
  • 2 0
 Weirdly I have a fox racing hoodie from 2004 that is in better condition than the last pair of Fox gloves I bought. At some point their quality has just dived.
  • 1 0
 My wife has two pairs of Defend pants for the last two seasons probably has 20 days of riding on each and a few spills and they have held up great, they have nailed the womens fit better than anyone is what shes told me. For mens pants the new fasthouse ones are amazing.
  • 1 0
 I have a pair of the current defend pants - I gave fox a critical review (not tearing shreds into them though) which they took down. I found it odd that there was no elastic in the waistband and they size up on the neat side, the ankle cuffs scare the crap out of me and make me feel claustrophobic taking them off - it has been a 2 person job when I'm tired. As far as wear goes, I put a new zip in them after 3 months and the arse was just about out of them in that time too. Too be fair has anyone nailed a set of riding pants that you can wear twice a week for more that 6 months in uk/irish conditions
  • 1 0
 I never thought their quality was good tbh, but I also really can't fault my 2019 purchases. My Defend Kevlar pants have held up great and are exceptional performers. The fit could be improved though and ich second the sentiment about the ridiculously tight ankle cuffs. My jersey and gloves have held up surprisingly well and that's despite me having low hopes of the gloves making it beyond one season of park riding. I guess it really depends on what line and which specific product you end up with. That said, imho quality overall has taken a massive dump with riding apparel become increasingly lighter. Comfort has gotten a lot better, but a lot of companies seem to have overdone it a little. I really like these new Defend pants, but the other ones look as if they're made of paper.
  • 1 0
 @bmxconan: Decathlon have and it’s £40.
  • 2 0
 @CircusMaximus: I couldn’t agree more. I think their gloves need some rework though, as those seem to only last a month or so. Great customer support though.
  • 1 0
 @bmxconan: how big are your feet?
  • 1 0
 @jomacba: us8...
  • 1 0
 So far I've had excellent luck with fox stuff. Granted, I've only had 2 pairs of gloves and a few jerseys. Lots of friends who have had great experiences too. They're actually my only gloves that have lasted me more than a month. Jerseys don't rip when I crash either.

100% on the other hand, sheeesh. Great glasses, great goggles, but I had a pair of hydromatic pants that tore when I sat in a car, then basically disintegrated when i got a tiny amount of tyre buzz. They were also only waterproof for about 20 minutes of my first ride.
  • 1 0
 The thing that annoyed me is that the jersey started to peel after about 5 washes at the required temperature. I've t-shirts that are decades old that cost a fraction of the jersey and all print is still on them.
  • 1 1
 I found the sizing to be all over the place the last few years too.
  • 1 1
 @iian: Yeah, I have a Ranger shirt that I really liked and bikester had another colour in the same size so I ordered it. The second one is at least one size smaller and fits like a top that woman would go clubbing in!
  • 1 0
 Yes totally agree. I didn’t like it when raceface was bought by fox because I figured the quality would go way down.
  • 1 0
 @bmccrady: Race face was purchased by fox suspension, not fox head. Totally different company
  • 1 0
 @jomacba: oh ahh thanks for clarifying. That’s good then because I always liked race face
  • 1 0
 @bmccrady: I believe the purpose behind purchasing race face was to give Fox ability to essentially become dealer direct in Canada rather than utilize a distributor. We did see a bit of a rocky transition with a few departments here, but ultimately I’d say the transition has been great, especially when dealing with them for warranty issues.
Fox Head on the other hand while I do feel their gloves aren’t the longest lasting, I’ve had great luck with a lot of their garments. In the past 2 years I’ve owned about 8 pairs of their pants, and 4 jerseys, padded undershorts, knee pads and helmets. Only the gloves have prematurely worn. This is also only 2 of 6 pairs. Fox head quickly stepped up to replace them no questions asked. I for one have preferred to use Fox Head over several other brands just due to their amazing warranty.
My daughter had a jacket where the seam went due to a defect in manufacturing. The jacket was replaced on the spot.
I’ve heard horror stories about Troy lee. I used to run their gear, and again I’ve had almost zero issues with their equipment.
Just remember, bad news travels fast, and is a world of mass production, sometimes shit happens.
  • 8 1
 Looks line the whole 90's throwback, knee panels on pants thing from snowsports is headed our way
  • 4 0
 If you want quality riding pants, just buy NF. Made in BC and worth the little extra dough. nsmb.com/articles/makers-ennef-design
  • 1 0
 and sold out almost all the time
  • 2 0
 @striveCF15: sign up for their email notification. I did and they came back in stock within a couple of weeks.
  • 3 0
 Absolutely love my NF pants. Im always surprised how competitive they are pricing wise given that they are made in Canada*.

*Im not saying they are cheap but they aren't more expensive than the Fox pants in this article.
  • 2 0
 I bought a pair of Endura trousers last autumn and they‘re great. I‘d buy a second pair, but they‘ve been out of stock pretty much all year…
  • 8 3
 Fox is the Crank Brothers of clothing. Looks great but falls apart.
  • 1 0
 I just bought a new pair of Motorcycle riding jeans made with Dyneema (Dyns Jeans, fyi)....very lightweight, stretchy - seemingly a wonder material I hope to never put to the test! Definitely interested in checking out the Fox gear with this new light weight + very abrasion resistant material. Wonder if any other clothing brands have done so....? PB?
  • 2 0
 When can we get some longer riding pants? Fox pants end up so short and being a 34/35 inseam id sure love some actual fitting riding pants!
  • 1 0
 I've had to replace the ratchet on my Fox helmet 4 times within a year. I love the magnetic clip, but the ratchet is rat shit.
  • 2 0
 Fox need to put some effort into size consistency, season after season they get it wrong.
  • 2 0
 Nice to see a new range of pants
  • 2 0
 Mens top black...ladies funky colour go faster top....
  • 2 0
 Yeah, the men‘s gear from all manufacturers is always either really dull or garish. The women‘s stuff is usually much nicer.
  • 1 0
 Wiping your spunk on that yellow jersey would be more convince than wiping it on the bed sheets..
  • 1 0
 I’m once again bummed that this helmet seems to top out at 63cm.
  • 1 0
 Out of stock before they come into stock
  • 1 0
 I really love all gear from Fox - new collection looks killer
  • 1 3
 I wish Fox would release a new Proframe helmet already. It's been over 4 years. ETA anyone?
  • 1 0
 Lol
  • 1 0
 I crashed mine last summer and as it did its job* I thought I‘d buy another and couldn‘t find one to buy…

* It deprived a poor dentist of a new Yeti…
  • 1 4
 But when will I be able to get a 210x55 Float X?
  • 11 0
 That's the tail. This Fox is the one with the head.
  • 1 0
 @Grizzly134: used to catch me out all the time. Even accidently contacted fox while trying to warranty a csu.

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