WHAT IS IT? Heralded for its high quality and low
price tag, the HC/180 gear combination is Fox’s best-selling gear and is often worn by Ryan Dungey and
WHAT’S IT COST? $32.95 (HC jersey), $109.95
( 180 pant).
CONTACT? www.foxhead.com or (888) 369-7223.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that
stand out with the Fox Racing HC/180 gear.
(1) HC jersey. This is a no-nonsense jersey, but that’s
not a negative. The HC jersey has many of the bells and
whistles of a top-of-the-line piece without the excess fluff.
Articulated sleeves are pre-bent and nonrestrictive. The
cuffs are wide without being baggy, and the jersey collar
is comfortable. Our only beef with the HC jersey is that
it doesn’t come with sewn-in elbow padding.
( 2) 180 pant. Like the HC jersey, the 180 pant is
articulated for a natural riding shape. Fox Racing didn’t
skimp on the quality of their leather pipe guards, which
is one reason the 180 pant is so durable. The leather
pipe guards extend into the rider’s boots, so the risk of
the nylon being melted by a four-stroke pipe is greatly
reduced. Gussets have been strategically placed in areas
where the pant needs to flex, such as the knees, buttocks
and inner thighs. The ratchet waist closure is simple and
easy to use. There’s also a sewn-in, half-length mesh liner
that’s necessary to prevent skin abrasions and post-ride
discomfort. Fox also minimized the use of rubber logos to
reduce weight and keep the price point low.
( 3) Fit. Fox Racing gear is tailored to riders built
more like Ryan Dungey than a cream puff. The 360 pant,
which is Fox’s top-of-the-line offering, has more wiggle
room than the 180 pant. We discovered that the knee
area is rather snug for knee brace wearers, and the waist
runs slightly small. Size- 32 pant wearers could still fit into
their normal size but had to avoid the buffet if they had
any hope of continuing to fit into the same-size pants.
( 4) Performance. Fox Racing’s low-cost 180 pant and
HC jersey are better than any high-end gear set from five
years ago. We love the 180 pants’ quality and construction, as well as the fact that Fox used the same technology found on their premium pant when creating the
180. Aside from a few small differences, the 180 pant is
remarkably similar to the 360 pant. That’s a great thing.
( 5) Options. Younger riders will love the vibrant
colors and styles, while older riders can appreciate the
traditional color combinations and retro designs. Fox also
makes lines specifically for kids.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? We have a few very minor
quibbles. The 180 pant is snug in the waistband and
knees. A few test riders wished that the HC jersey came
with elbow padding.
Thanks to great styling and comfort, the Fox
Racing HC/180 gear is easily one of our favorite
lower-line gear combinations. It’s lightweight,
durable, relatively inexpensive and looks
great. What more do you need?
FOX RACING HC/180 GEAR
MXA TEAM TESTED