- Waterproof shorts
Alturas are excellent, allow Knee pads to fit and the optional brace is a must, very comfy even when not that wet, also quite quiet.
Endura events are a slightly slimmer cut, don’t fit me with knee pads, so i use them for when i don’t wear pads. I have added braces (tree surgeon ones from ebay)
out of the two i’d but the alturas again. 100%Posted 5 years ago
Interesting with the surplus stuff. May have to go and have a gander thIs week. Found all the shorts expensive. Looked at some 3/4 Lycra shorts and was shocked at some of the prices of those too. The Altura shorts definately seem good from a price/performance point of viewPosted 5 years agoavdave2Member
i’m a 30inch ish waist and mediums swamped me
I’m a 30 and the small are on the large side. My attacks have lasted 3 winters so far and that’s wearing them most days through the winter on my off road commute. I am tempted with the MT500 or semi drys though as it’s the mud and water thrown up that are the issue 95% of the time.Posted 5 years agoSimonSubscriber
The fit of the Altura Semi Dry I thought was weird. Mediums were OK on the waist, tight on the upper thighs and OK lower down the leg.Posted 5 years ago
Large were a bit big on the waist, OK on the upper thighs, really flappy/baggy on the lower leg, which meant they caught on the saddle when riding.Garry_LagerSubscriber
I found the attacks fitted very well, decent waterproof-ness, but lasted less than a year. The aris in them is pretty lightweight.
Army goretex is very waterproof and robust, but there’s no fit to speak of. Need braces with mine.
The endura singletrack line is not meant to be waterproof as such, but does feature a superb backside – very tough. It’s just the stiching elsewhere that falls to bits.
If you could merge the best features of all these kecks you’d have the last word in mountain bike shorts. Seems like each one has an irritating weakness though IME.Posted 5 years agoSuggseyMember
Endura Attacks (£22!!!) mine have lasted two winters but now the arse is getting a bit thin on them. I would however next time get the three quarters as the shorts with the bib braces that you can get for them made them wedgie up and a bit short in the leg. I too have also tried the army surplus cut downs but found that the backsides aint big enough for my sizeable posterior when bent over on bike riding and hence ended up with wet arseage.Posted 5 years ago
Plus side of the army surplus is however if you shred them its only £12. Dont think I will be lucky enough to get any more Attacks for £22..kiwifizSubscriber
Scott Helium paclite gortex….1/2 price at £40 odd from Evans 6 months ago…….now I know why: rear sealed seams, panels and internal lining have all self destructed within his time frame culminating in a mass wear through tear with less than 1 (wet) ride a fortnight average. Avoid. My old canondales for dry conditions are still going strong 5 years on.Posted 5 years ago40mpgSubscriber
I’ve got the madison shorts. Waterproof for about 2 rides / washes. Re-washed with proper stuff, re-proofed but still no good. Just moist inside, bit like wearing rubber pants!
Oh and the short seams on the bottom of the legs rubbed my knees red raw on a wet ride, use with knee warmers or get 3/4s.Posted 5 years ago
40mpg, that’s the problem i have with all waterproof shorts and jackets (endura, altura, dhb, and some others so far). maybe something to do with being in a hard water area or my washing machine. i don’t use bio powders. have tried granger and nickwax wash ins. both expensive and last about half a ride if i’m lucky. frustrating. might try the spray on stuff next. “waterproof” material still slightly better as it keeps wind off, but still..Posted 5 years agoir_banditoSubscriber
+1 for the Endura Superlites.
Long enough to cover your knees, but short enough to allow knee-pads. Ideal for riding in the Lakes.
Just ordered some Altura Attack X Trousers (Endura trousers are too short for my lanky legs) for when its really rubbish. Like today…Posted 5 years ago
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