The Hope Defcon is part of a collaborative range of clothing from Hope and Endura. We predict a happy marriage. The almost-stands-up-by-itself-it’s-so-sturdy fabric gives a great sense of protection but is also made comfortably wearable by strategically placed stretch inserts and a full wicking mesh lining.
It’s details like this (and where the input of the Hope riders is apparent) that meant that, even though it’s a relatively heavy short, we still found it comfy enough to ride in. The back curves properly high and, combined with the adjusters that pull in a back-to-front direction, it makes for a snug, no-snag fit where you need it. However, because of the easy leg cut and stretch panels you still get plenty of movement too. We like.
This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine.