There’s a lot to be said in favour of not looking like a refugee from the Tour De France while sashaying past the boss at work, meeting friends socially and indeed touring. Revolution’s Trail baggy trousers moniker is something of a misnomer conjuring up images of MC Hammer, but in reality they strike a good balance between style and practicality on and off the bike while representing fantastic value for money.
Made for Edinburgh Bicycle by Endura from a very tactile hejira (a Polyester Nylon mix) their understated black styling works with most of the cycling wardrobe without looking out of place worn with aggressive race or comfy, casual SPD trainers/sandals.
Flashes of discrete colour and carefully positioned Scotchlite piping add a bit of variety and subtle, nocturnal safety. There’s enough pockets to equal military fatigues including two zipped hand pockets-ideal for stashing change, keys, Allen screws and other nick-nacks, two rear Jean types-one of which is also zippered coupled with a sensibly sized, vented cargo pocket. Elsewhere zipped ankle sections provide welcome ventilation while secure Velcro bottoms keep them firmly out of the transmission. However, fractionally looser cut precludes riding at full-on race pace but fear not, they’re fine for typical touring/commuting speeds of between fifteen and twenty odd mph.
Thanks to clever cut, compact cameras, Ipods and other creature comforts stasged in the pockets haven’t impaired riding pleasure or cadence and a stretch panel around the crotch prevents the trousers snagging saddle noses. The higher waistband and discrete belt protects the sensitive lumber region from chill. There’s no insert but they are equally comfortable worn with road shorts or boxer styled inserts.
Polyester isn’t so good at wicking moisture as more sophisticated fabrics but the trail Baggies have been surprisingly good, worn through the a balmy August. However, while they’ll line dry following a machine was in around twenty minutes, they did feel quite heavy following a sharp downpour but no worse than others made from similar fabrics.
Great casually styled trousers for general riding
road.cc test report
Make and model: Revolution Trail Baggy Trousers
Size tested: M
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Marketed primarily as mtb garb, the trail baggy trousers are lightweight longs-ideal for general riding thanks to stylish and practical cut, ample pockets. and subtle refrlective piping.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Hejira peachskin tactile polyester/nylon based fabric, ventilated, zippered calf sections improve ventilation on warmer days. While shower rsistant, you'll want over-trousers in heavier rain. Subtle reflective piping on the right calf is particularly effective caught in car headlamps too.
What we've come to expect from Endura.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
For general riding at moderate paces (15-20mph) they're superb. The civillian styling is matched with cycling specific cut while sensibly designed pockets allow good organisation without riding up or otherwise impeding performance. There's no insert but they work just fine either with shorts or inserts underneath. Breathability is not quite on a par with more sophisticated fabrics but generally pretty good.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Understated classy fit that goes with pretty much anything, great spec for the money.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Given the asking price, nothing.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
About the tester
Age: 35 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)