sorry, waterproof shorts time

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  • sorry, waterproof shorts time
  • Ideally something lightweight, rather than burly, as it’s for, well, muddy local rides on easier trails [cough] maybe you could call it gravel… Shorter is better too, as I don’t wear kneepads on these rides.

    The Endura MTR waterproof shorts look tempting.

    https://www.sportpursuit.com/catalog/product/view/id/1575738

    Any ideas/recommendations? (other than cutoff army things)

    Premier Icon Sir HC
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    Hate to say it, but a rear mudguard. If you are going to ride a silly looking bike, you may as well do it properly.

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    I’ve just got a pair of the Morvelo Overland Selector shorts for … ahem … gravel riding. Purportedly waterproof, but I haven’t tried them yet. Lovely cut and fit though.

    Down to £56 on CRC/Wiggle. (But in the description, there is no mention of them being waterproof … 🤔)

    footflaps
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    The Endura MTR waterproof shorts look tempting.

    Only £50 at Evans Cycles

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    Only £50 at Evans Cycles

    Only L and XL size – but still a good price!

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    Maidson Zenith waterproof shorts are good, if they still make them

    footflaps
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    Only L and XL size – but still a good price!

    Just ordered the L to try for size…

    good spot, unfortunately I’m a M

    If you are going to ride a silly looking bike

    It’s not a gravel bike BTW. It’s a very cool rigid 29er ;o)

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    I’ve just got the Polaris ones for £30. Seem ok so far. Ask again next week once I’ve worn them for the ‘puffer…

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    Polaris kit at the moments great value.

    I’ve Tenn and endura. The endura is much lighter to wear

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    Ta for the Evans tip! Ordered

    z1ppy
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    Polaris for me at the moment as my trusty Altura’s have finally died. The Polaris are basic with no pockets or fly, pretty long legs & I use braces with all my shorts, so can’t comment on the elastic waist band. They’re doing the job, & in these conditions that’s pretty high praise.

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    Ground Effect Helter Skelters. Ace Nz company and top shorts.

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    Bought the “properly waterproof” versions of the Endura MT500 shorts, medium on my 32-ish waist is a bit saggy though. seem well made seams all taped, and hopefully a bit better than the “shower proof” version…(who does two version of a waterproof shorts, where one is only “a bit” waterproof..?)

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    Madison DTE waterproof shorts seem really good. Only worn once, but the lining kept my legs warm and water beaded well. I got mine from Biketart on offer. Well worth a look.

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    @z1ppy what braces do you use?
    Thanks.

    how do the Madison DTEs size up #mrwhyte ?

    I’m usually a medium in Madisons (76kg, 33in waste).

    my endura mtr waterproof shorts have just disintegrated!

    the seams inside have come apart, and the arse is ripped/gritted to death – shame really as the out shell on the front is still like new

    ive only had them 2 years and only get used in winter (probs from November till march) so a bit disappointing

    wouldn’t buy again, but they do work well in terms of waterproofness

    edlong
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    Are people more flush these days? I’m sure all the “what waterproof shorts?” threads on here used to open to a chorus of “cheap military surplus over-trousers, cut off” or was that a different forum I’m getting confused with?

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    The Madison’s Reggie are a great fit, I am a 32″ waist and they still have a bit of room, so I’d imagine a M would be a good fit for you. Not overly baggy on the legs either.

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    I use the Polaris shorts or just a dirt suit when its bad.

    The Polaris shorts mentioned above have suspenders/H-harness but you can take them off and they still work fine. The elastic is more than enough to keep them up all day. The good thing about the set-up with the suspenders it is set and forget. One less piece of gear to adjust while riding. Also the extended lower back panel helps keep you dry.

    Polaris waterproof shorts. £30 at the moment.
    Used through 2 winters and apart from reproofing from time to time no issues.

    cheers #mrwhyte

    Are the Polaris ones quite long though? They look quite long on the photos.

    z1ppy
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    @ceept, I’ve used cheap one previously but after a very annoying ride, where the clips failed. Since then I’ve gone with Oregon 562411 Logger trouser braces.
    I’m not sure which set lightfighter bought, but mine didn’t come with braces/straps

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    Thanks @z1ppy. My (£30) ones didn’t come with braces, there are other more expensive ones with a longer back panel which do I think.

    Do you find the medal clips on the braces damage the shorts?

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    @reggiegasket yes, mine are just below the knee, which nicely overlaps with knee length sealskins.

    footflaps
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    Polaris ones only seem to be available in XL at £30…..

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    Polaris also do a half waterproof short that’s my favourite as above got braces and an extended lower back so you dont get a crack full of grit

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    For filthy and wet rides can’t beat a DirtSuit – love mine

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    I shelled out on some expensive Gore Goretex ones. They are utter SHYTE. They’re not that waterproof and also they aren’t durable. Already ironed goretex repair patches onto the backside where they’re going through after just a couple of rides.

    My Endura MT500’s – I had to patch them too after a season of soggy arsed rides, but got about 3 years from them.

    Alpine Stars – going strong after a few months.

    z1ppy
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    opps checking, yes it the AM500 I’m talking about & polaris have only have XL left…. and they do have pocket, they’re just not very big, my iphone 5 won’t sit in them comfortably.

    @ceept, the brace clips do cause some damaged, but not enough they rip them to pieces in a couple of uses, as I’ve always found belt on mtb shorts to be completely useless, so it’s better than nothing. Those Oregon braces do have a large 2cm wide clip which don’t seem to cause too much damage, yet won’t pull off.

    I’d love one of those Dirtlej Dirtsuit, and no doubt they’re a great investment, and will pay you back over time, but I’m doubting they’d look as good on me with my extensive gut.

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    Thanks @z1ppy. Ordered some from Screwfix for collection tomorrow.👍

    Madison shorts are terrific.

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    AM 500 shorts available in a couple of Go Outdoors stores for £37.50.

    gonna pull the trigger on some Madison DTEs I think.

    Polaris and 7mesh are too long for this application. Gore seem hit and miss.

    hainman
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    I have a pair of the Fox waterproof shorts and they have been awesome,Also has a pair of the older Madison Storm which I think are DTE now
    And they were superb too but eventually the seam has came away at the butt so I’ll be sending back as they have lifetime warranty(well so they say)

    I had the Endura Mt spray ones that had an issue with the taped seams and they replaced them after a couple of years

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    I like the look of the half one, but is it just the seat that is waterproof?

    https://www.polaris-bikewear.co.uk/Discovery-Zoned-Trail-Shorts-with-Detachable-Brace-p/pol01-7057-p.htm

    Yes. They’re my favourite short. Though they’re tight on thigh cut.

    I’m on xl with them large fit my waist but not my thighs

    footflaps
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    Yes. They’re my favourite short. Though they’re tight on thigh cut.

    I am looking for some waterproof shorts for hill walking, but I’d want all round waterproof ness rather than just the seat….

    how do the Madison DTEs size up

    I have a pair, I’m a 34″ waist for trousers and have the large DTE. They’re ok, but I dislike the velcro waist band adjuster, just catches on everything and ruins T shirts etc; would much prefer belt loops.

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