For me, buying a good pair of jeans is seriously hard work. So finding a reliable pair of mountain bike trousers can be even harder when the choice for women is so few and far between. Sourcing good kit is an expensive affair, so trial and error is almost never a viable option because even if they fit, their failure in other ways may not come to light until after a ride or two, by which time, it’s not always possible to return them.
I’ve been on the hunt for some durable, comfortable and fitting mountain bike trousers for some time now, ones that hopefully, wouldn’t burst the purse strings. After trawling through online stores, I found myself always coming back to the Endura WMS MT500 Spray Trousers, and so, I finally clicked on the buy button.
The Endura brand has always been a favourite of mine, and for many reasons; they take pride in the production of a wide variety of kit that caters for all cycling disciplines, budgets and technical abilities. The Scottish brand also invests a considerable amount of effort into both their impressive roster of athletes and charitable work through their grassroots non-profit organisation, The Lifecycle Trust. But one thing that resonates throughout the brand is their passion for cycling.
The Endura WMS MT500 Spray trousers are constructed from lightweight 4-way stretch panels with a durable water repellent (DWR) coating. Other panels consist of a 3-layer waterproofing with taped seams for spray protection, hence the name.
There are two large zipped vents on the front of each leg which undo to reveal breathable mesh fabric, for when you need to regulate your body temperature. Each side also has zipped hand pockets for securely stashing away any essential items you have as well.
The fit is loose but not baggy with the legs tapering around the ankles where there is some reflective detailing to help keep you visible in low-light conditions. The waistband is constructed using elastic around the back, adjustable velcro tabs at the sides, belt loops and a button zip fastening, all ensuring you get a dialled in fit which is comfortable and secure.
Endura WMS MT500 Spray Trousers: Verdict
Let me address this straight off the bat; these trousers are NOT waterproof, nor did I expect them to be when I purchased them.
Quite often, we expect MTB trousers to be waterproof because we assume that more coverage is due to adverse weather, but some people (myself included) would prefer to wear trousers over shorts, for me, it’s to keep warm. As the name suggests, these trousers help protect you from Spray, splashes from puddles and drizzly weather with their DWR finish, but they aren’t 100% waterproof. If you are looking for fully waterproof riding trousers, check out Endura’s WMS Gridlock II Trousers here.
Moving on then, what I do love about these trousers are the shape and fit. They’re flattering and loose, yet they don’t flap around in the wind. They’re comfortable and stretchy, so they move effortlessly with me when I pedal, and I think they look really nice as well, mainly owing to the subtle branding and minimalist design.
As for the features, Endura has made considerable effort to install versatility. The ankle zips undo to widen the cuff to suit your preference and fit. The two zipped vents on the thighs allow you to cool down if you feel yourself overheating, and the waistband is forgiving and adjustable enough to fit as you’d want it to.
One minor downfall that I noticed is that the pockets are slightly too small for me to keep my phone in. Now, this isn’t a fault I lay at the foot of Endura, but more so mobile phone manufacturers who keep increasing phone sizes!
The Endura WMS MT500 Spray Trousers are available in sizes x.small to large, and for what those sizes mean, here’s their size guide for reference. I’m normally a UK 8 to UK 10, and I wear a size x.small in these trousers.
So, if you’re looking for a versatile, fitting and minimalist pair of mountain bike trousers which don’t have to be waterproof, I highly recommend you check out the Endura WMS MT500 Spray Trousers.
These trousers retail at £110 and can be purchased directly from Endura’s website here.
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