Fox Racing Ripley - Women's Review
Cons: Ill-fitting fingers
Manufacturer: Fox Racing
Our Analysis and Test Results
It is important to note the Women's Ripley glove fits very small. This small fit isn't limited to a certain area such as the fingers or palm, it is tight throughout the hand. Strongly consider sizing up on this glove.
The comfort level on the Fox Ripley glove is strongly related to fit. Squeezing into a smaller glove is inherently uncomfortable. The tight fingertips can be uncomfortable with the seams being forced into your fingers. Aside from our fit issues, we found the compression molded cuff is has a soft feel while retaining a secure fit. The four-way stretch polyester has a pleasant feel on the back of the hand. The fabric feel on the knuckle when gripping the bar is not irritating or abrasive. The Fox Ripley glove isn't suited for super cold weather riding, but it was one of the thicker lady's gloves in our test class.
The Fox Ripley's hook and loop velcro closure system is a tedious and doesn't have a substantial effect on the fit. We strongly prefer the slide-on gloves without a closure system. The chamois panel on the thumb is on the small side among test gloves. The panel is less effective at combating a runny nose or sweat-glazed forehead. The conductive threads sewn into the thumb and index fingertips make using your touch screen cell phone doable. It's not wonderful, but it works. The silicone printed on the heel of the hand and thumb, index, and middle finger allows for a bit of extra dexterity and grip on the bars, brake levers, and shifters.
The Ripley glove is constructed with a thick fabric that helps protect against typical mountain biking hazards. That said, there is no added armor or protective padding to protect against larger impacts.
Throughout our testing, we didn't observe any major wear. The velcro patch on the cuff of the glove features some skimpy sewing. It is reasonable to assume that the threading may come unraveled sooner than later. The thick palm and substantial four-way stretch polyester on the back of the hand induce confidence in durability.
We found the Ripley glove to be a solid choice for everyday trail/enduro riding. This would not be our desired glove for downhill riding due to the lack of protection/armor.
At $25 MSRP the Fox Ripley glove features reasonable price point. They are among the lower cost options in the test and based on our experience, they provide a very solid value.
Durable, comfortable and an impressive price point make the Fox Ripley glove a nice choice for many riders, especially those with small hands. While the sizing is tricky, it is difficult to fault too many characteristics about this glove. Strap these gloves on and hit the trail.
Other Versions and Accessories
The Fox Ripley glove is available in three different color options and small, medium, and large sizes.
— Jeremy Benson