Endura knows a thing or two about horrible weather, and how to make sure those who want to face whatever mother nature throws at them have the kit to make it possible.
Not all wet-weather gear has to feature premium price tags. This is certainly the case for the Hummvee Waterproof shorts, which Scottish brand Endura has designed to suit both the wilderness and the urban jungle.
Endura Hummvee Waterproof shorts details
At the heart of the Hummvee Waterproof shorts is a 2.5-layer nylon waterproof fabric. This doesn’t have any stretch, but the seat panel and rear yoke are made from a more durable and stretchable nylon. While both materials feel tough, they are pretty thin.
Endura is one of the more environmentally focused brands. As such, the shorts’ DWR (Durable Water Repellent) coating is PFC-free and non-toxic.
They feature an elasticated waistband and simple drawstring closure, and also benefit from a soft-touch lining for additional comfort.
The seams are fully sealed to help prevent leaks through the stitching. They have two hand pockets with waterproof zips, but no additional storm flap protection. Also, there’s no fly on these shorts. However, they use some reflective detailing on the rear to help you stand out when cycling on roads at night.
Endura Hummvee Waterproof shorts performance
Endura has been generous with the cut of the Hummvee Waterproof shorts. As such, there is quite a lot of excess material, and they’re not as fitted as the other shorts I tested. I didn’t catch the shorts on the saddle when moving around the bike, but they were unnecessarily baggy.
The Hummvee Waterproofs have plenty of length, and the articulated knees didn’t catch on knee pads when pedalling. The hem is also dropped at the front of the knee for additional coverage.
Pedalling comfort was fine, and the simple drawstring and elasticated waistband held them in place with no problems. The pockets kept my valuables in a more comfortable position.
The material worked well at keeping my chamois from becoming a soggy mess, which is always a win. The fabric is relatively thin and cold compared to the Troy Lee Designs Resist shorts, so you’ll need a decent liner short with these.
The material inside has a ‘plasticky’ feel. As with most shorts here, breathability wasn’t an issue, and while they don’t have vents, I didn’t feel the need for them.
Endura Hummvee Waterproof shorts bottom line
The Hummvee Waterproof shorts worked well for the price and kept me pretty comfortable in miserable weather. However, while the cut is versatile for a wide range of riders, they seem excessively loose. Their no-nonsense features help keep the price down, but you will want a sturdy pair of liners to go underneath these shorts because they’re pretty thin.
How we tested
These shorts got a good thrashing in some typical UK weather with persistent rain and sodden trails to make sure I really put them to the test. I made sure to hit up some pedalling singletrack and also drop and climb rides to cover as many types of mountain biking as possible.
I tested these shorts alongside five other pairs, always making sure I used a fresh, dry chamois and clean shorts before each outing so there would be a fair baseline for comparison.
Also on test
- Giro Havoc H20 shorts
- Troy Lee Designs Resist shorts
- Pearl Izumi Summit WXB Shell shorts
- Gore C5 Gore-Tex Paclite Trail Shorts
- Nukeproof Blackline Winter shorts