This review was part of the Singletrack World Issue 139 Kit Essentials Feature
Tested by: Amanda (Modelled by Hannah)
The Endura MT500 trouser is designed to be a do-it-all solution for winter riding. They feature a waterproof and seam-taped seat panel, DWR treatment throughout for spray resistance, and four-way stretch for rider comfort. The cut is on the baggy side, with plenty of room for bib shorts, knee pads and even thermals if you’re going out on the deepest, darkest winter nights. They are securely fastened with a zip and two poppers, with a Velcro waist adjustment and belt hoops. The trousers include zipped hand pockets that are quite a generous size, zipped thigh ventilation and zipped ankles. The option of some thigh ventilation is great, because these trousers are really warm to pedal in.
I found the crotch to be a bit too baggy and on occasion I’ve caught it on my saddle. If I pull the pants right up and cinch the waist in tight enough to almost be uncomfortable, the crotch is fine, but that’s not particularly comfortable. I’ve also struggled when the trousers have become rain soaked, as they get quite heavy and start to pull down and move into positions I don’t want them to be in (legs twisting, baggy crotch).
Despite my complaints about the loose fit, these are one of my essential winter items. When it’s snowy outside you need all the protection you can get, and getting out the door is much easier when you feel warm and protected. I’ve asked too much of them in the past, but having realised that anything 100% waterproof is probably going to be extremely uncomfortable to ride in, I’ve been pleased to have a really great quality pair of water resistant trousers that offer flexibility and comfort on the bike.
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