Endura’s waterproof trousers are constructed from a 2.5-layer waterproof fabric, which avoids being unnecessarily rustly. Around the seat Endura has used a slightly thicker material, ideal for combating this area of wear on a garment designed to be worn in mucky conditions.
With fit being crucial, there are a number of stretch panels, notably above the seat at the back and across from the crotch to the top of the thighs on the front. The stretch at the back helps prevent the MT500s from falling down while pedalling (although they still do, a bit). At the front the articulation aids pedalling comfort.
The waist is elasticated and held in place with a drawstring. The stretch over the backside helps, but silicone gripper detailing inside the waist, or a belt, would help prevent the trousers from slipping down.
The cut of the legs is slim, helping to stop fabric flapping around too much when riding, and also meant we never needed trouser clips to keep the bottoms out of chainrings. There’s a zip running from mid-calf down to the ankle to make them easier to get on and off, although they’re still a bit tight to get over cycling shoes.
Breathability is where waterproof trousers will live or die. We preferred to wear three-quarter tights under them, as with regular bibs things can get a bit clammy. In all but the most aggressive sprints and climbing situations the material coped well with sweat, and proved a worthwhile barrier against rain, even after a few washes.
This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.