Madison Flux trousers review

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Madison Flux trousers were developed with input from top level downhill racers and have been stripped down to the essentials and are designed to be as at home hitting park laps as they are on all day pedals.

Brand: Madison
Product: Flux Trousers
From: madison.cc
Price: £79.99
Tested: by Ross for 3 months

Riding trousers are one of the single greatest inventions known to man. Although that might be stretching it a bit, they are great and from mid-autumn through to mid-spring they are pretty much all I wear for riding.

The ease of not having your actual skin covered in mud cannot be underestimated, and being able to whip your trousers off at the door and come inside for a hot coffee without depositing mud all over the place is priceless.

Also read: POC Consort MTB Dungaree review

Over the past few years they’ve also had a bit of an evolution, developing from gravity-focused-moto-inspired heavyweight strides, into lighter, more flexible and tailored trail troosers. Most brands now offer some form of full length leg wear and these can range from super light weight and stretchy to full on waterproof. I tend to prefer the lighter weight ones, and accept that I’m going to get wet as I find them more versatile, but they still keep the majority of the mud off. 

The Madison Flux trail trousers fall into that latter category, being made from a four way stretch material that is designed to be comfortable on the bike and allow a full range of movement.

Available in two colour options – black and slate grey – the Flux trousers have a tailored fit that is designed to work with knee pads and sits nice and fitted at the ankle so there’s bunching or flapping. 

There is laser cut venting on the knee, though and rear yoke, along with ‘a rear knee mech panel acts as an exhaust vent’ to aid with ventilation and keep things when pedalling. The Flux trousers are also designed to be hard wearing and feature double and triple needle stitching in key areas to ensure longevity. 

The Flux trousers are available in sizes S to XXL to cater for waist sizes 28” to 42.5”. Waist adjustment is done via a ratchet system and they also use a standard zipped full height fly. The rear yoke area has printed silicone grippers to stop any slippage and they also benefit from two small pockets on the thoughts for stashing those ride essentials. To help shrug off the worst of the weather the outside also has a DWR coating that helps trail spray bead off.

Fit and performance

The Flux trousers have a soft feel to them and are comfortable as soon as you put them on. The front of the trousers seems to fit slightly snugger than the rear, bit once on the bike this makes sense. During the test I’ve ridden them with and without knee pads and they work well either way. The pads I’ve used are Leatt Airflex Pro which are quite nice and slim, and they fit well apart from a bit of riding up at the ankle due to the slim fit. Anything chunkier than those though and I think they might feel a bit restricted. 

Madison Flux trousers

The leg has a nice fitted, tapered fit to it and comes in nicely at the ankle which stops any flapping around and means there’s no chance of them getting snagged on anything. I’m around a size 32 waist (and 183cm tall – yes, I know I’ve mixed decimal and imperial) and tested a size M in the Flux as that’s the size I wear in pretty much every other pair of pants or shorts. Looking at Madison’s size guide I could probably have gone with a size S (up to 32.5) as I’m on the tightest limit of the waist adjuster but leg length is great and I wouldn’t really want to go any shorter. It’s a long timeI’ve been considered a size small!

Hopping on the bike and getting going the Madison Flux trousers are comfortable and unrestrictive, whether that’s for a long pedal across an open moor or throwing yourself around and hanging off the back on steep, fast and rough descents. The fit well with no excess material flapping around to catch or snag on anything and the DWR has done a good job of shrugging off water from puddle splashes and wet undergrowth.

They’ve been ridden in temperatures ranging from below zero to pretty much double figures and have remained comfortable, with the venting and not overly thick material doing a great job of keeping things cool when working hard. They’ve endured mud, snow, bramble, gorse, and the occasional crash and are still rip, tear and scuff free, with no loose threads from any of the seams. 

Madison Flux trousers
The pockets are a bit small for a modern smart phone

My only real gripe with them is the stash pockets. Madison states that they ‘give plenty of storage options for your phone, keys and lift pass’, but unless your phone is the size of a match box you’re going to struggle. Not a problem if your jacket has pockets (or you carry a pack – I don’t) but not ideal, and not great if it’s too warm for a jacket.

Madison Flux trousers: overall

Apart from the small pockets I can’t fault the Madison Flux trousers. They’re properly comfortable to wear and perform well on the bike. It would be worth checking the sizing before you buy as you may find that you need to go smaller than your usual size, but they’re well worth trying.

Madison Flux trousers

Review Info

Brand: Madison
Product: Flux Trousers
From: Freewheel
Price: £79.99
Tested: by Ross for 3 months
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  • zerocool
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    Any recommendations for trousers similar to these that fit the gentleman with bigger thighs?

    Hatter
    Full Member

    As a man with mahoosive thighs I find the XXL ones fit me just fine.

    oldfart
    Full Member

    Have to disagree about the fit around the ankle , I ordered a pair , they definitely have excess material that could potentially get caught in the chainring if like me you are still running a 2 X drivetrain .

    Sharkattack
    Full Member

    Any recommendations for trousers similar to these that fit the gentleman with bigger thighs?

    The Madison Roam looks similar but different. I’m tempted by both. I’ve got some very similar Fox trousers which these look like a copy of and they’re my favourite bit of kit.

    Ben P
    Full Member

    The Alpkit mtb troos are cut baggier in the thighs

    zerocool
    Full Member

    Cheers @Ben P, will look at the Alpkit ones. @hatter, my main problem is usually if I get a pair that’s big enough for my thighs they’re too big for my waist (which isn’t that small).

    rustycrank
    Full Member

    they look well too flappy at the cuff. expect double flappage when wet too. can you still buy cycle clips!?

    Hatter
    Full Member

    Obviously I’m not everyone but if the cuffs were any tighter on mine I wouldn’t be able to get my feet through them, there’s no chance of getting them caught on the chain.

    DB
    Full Member

    Any recommendations for trousers similar to these that fit the gentleman with bigger thighs?

    Endura? I have a couple of pairs of different models and they are generous in the thigh.

    idlejon
    Full Member

    Endura? I have a couple of pairs of different models and they are generous in the thigh.

    And typical of Endura, my medium Endura trousers are fine around the waist but a little tight around the thigh. 😀

    ir_bandito
    Free Member

    Whats the leg length like per sizing? I’m proportionally short above the waist for my height (read that how you will) and getting trousers long enough for my waist size can be a real pain (32W/34L)

    Altura used to make trousers with a pop-down hem to gain those essential extra 2″ on a medium size. But no-one else seems to.

    Adam
    Full Member

    gentleman with bigger thighs?

    yep thats me. I’ve got these https://www.decathlon.co.uk/p/all-mountain-mtb-bottoms/_/R-p-309674 buy 2 pairs as they’re well cheap.

    I can’t fault them, I’m sure someone will be along to do just that in a minute but for the money I think they are great. Comfy, pretty waterproof, not too sweaty, look pretty decent I(MO) & Cheap.

    j46
    Free Member

    My legs are pretty normal and have never noticed them being baggy around the ankles.
    Still dont understand why the pockets are so small though. my other trousers pockets are similar. not sure why.

    Ben P
    Full Member

    @ir_bandito – I’m a 32w 34l too. Alpkit floe troos in medium long is OK (their other stuff is generally too short). Keela roadrunners OK too. Haglofs troos also good. Everything else is much more mixed

    ir_bandito
    Free Member

    thanks @benp1
    I’ve got some Revolution Nordwand Pro trousers which are really nice, although a bit snug on the knee for anything above a low-profile pad. They have a lace-hook to stop them riding up too.

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