There’s nothing worse than a soggy bottom, so to help avoid one Scottish clothing company Endura have launched a new range of waterproof shorts, trousers, tights and leg warmers.
For road riding and training the Stealth-Lite II bib tights (£159.99) are constructed using a fabric that Endura claims is fully wind and waterproof. Ultrasonically welded stretch seam taping is said to prevent restriction of movement and in these latest versions is reckoned to provide improved stretch and breathability.
The top part of the tights use a Thermolite material with mesh panels to provide adequate warmth and ventilation, and there's a front zip so you can get into and out of them easily. There are ankle zippers with snapdown zip pullers and extra details include reflective patches at the ankles.
Leg warmers are favoured over tights by some people, some find them more comfortable and they’re also versatile - you could whip them off mid-ride if you wanted to. These new Thermolite Full Zip Leg Warmers (£29.99) are exceptionally easy to remove, they have a full-length zip running down the back. That’ll appeal to cyclo-cross racers who want leg warmers for warming up only to take them off on the start line, without the fuss of taking shoes off first. They’re made from Endura’s Thermolite material with a Repel Teflon fabric so should be good for keeping the rain out.
Though aimed at mountain bikers, we reckon these Hummvee Waterproof Pants (£74.99) would be ideal for city riding and commuting if you don’t want to wear skintight bibs. They’re made from a 2.5 layer waterproof and breathable fabric with all seams sealed and a durable stretch seat panel. They have a full-length 2-way zip so you can get into them easily, and there are ventilation ports at the side which also double up as pockets. There are reflective details and piping on the lower legs and they’re available in black or “screaming green” colours.
Lastly, Endura have launched the MT500 Waterproof Pants (£114.99) which are a full-length version of their MT500 Waterproof Shorts which are popular with mountain bikers and some road commuters. They’re made from a 2.5 layer waterproof and breathable fabric with stretchy panels, a durable Cordura seat panel and they pack down really small when you want to stash them away in a backpack.
More at www.endura.co.uk
David worked on the road.cc tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes.