Tested: Fox Ventilator Short

The not-so-minor details


Fox Ventilator


Monza Bicycle Imports




How can we Snapchat if we can't carry our phones?

This time of year it’s hot, very hot and the last thing you need is some sweaty swamp-arse action spoiling your ride. Step in the Fox Ventilator, a super light-weight and very cool-wearing mountain bike short that will keep everything downstairs at the correct operating temperature.

The Ventilator feels more like a pair of board-shorts than a traditional heavier mountain bike short with the outer made from Fox’s very light Q4 4-way stretchable fabric. The fit is a little tighter across the thighs than other shorts in their line but the flexibility of the Q4 fabric means no noticeable restriction in movement. They also sit just below the knee cap when standing, so they are neither too short nor too long.

It’s the vents combined with the fabric that make these shorts super cool.

Out on the trail the shorts feel very light and cool and we could feel air passing through the shorts with 8 air vents added to that cooling factor. This is the greatest strength of the Ventilator and they are a great short for the warmer months – and even a swim mid or post ride.

The Ventilaor also feature an EVO breathable detachable liner (we like the Fox liners), internal waist band adjustments, a double clasp to hold in that Xmas belly, and a small zippered pocket.

Two buttons to hold in that Xmas expansion.
Good for keys, but not much else.
Internal adjustment stops the velcro grabbing your jersey.

The only downside of the shorts is the lack of pockets. There’s a small side pocket that can hold your keys but if you absolutely need to capture Instragram moments then you’d better grab a jersey with rear pockets as there’s no way you will shoehorn your 4″ smartphone into these puppies.

Unlike this patch of dry, hot, dead grass, the Ventilator will keep you cool.


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