Sizing review for 3 styles of Endura Shorts. Get it right, and you'll love them!
I hope this review will help my fellow MTBer's...... I have all 3 pairs! I started off with the Singletrack short and fell in love with them! Basically, Endura makes the best shorts around for the money. The material (cordura) is super durable and it will be hard pressed if you could actually rip this material on the trails. Extremely comfortable and the use of pockets is impressive. There are vents on each side of the short to cool off during the summer, the back map pockets are the best which I don't think any manufacturer designs. There are other positive things other reviewers have already mentioned, so I won't go there. I bought the Singletrack over the Humvee at first as I already had a padded liner to compliment it, but paid the extra $10. for the nicer material used over the Humvee. After a couple of months, I found a sale for 20% off my purchase, so I became a whore and went for the Humvee and Singletrack 3/4! I just loved the 2-tone of the olive humvees and thought the black singletrack 3/4 looked good too. Now, I have one liner that convenient liner that snaps into 3 shorts! The bonus liner is of excellent quality. They fit well without being obtrusive, and they have a rubberized base to hold onto your thighs without crawling up. Just enough padding for epic rides.
Now for the sizing. 2 of the 3 shorts run small. I am 5'9" 158 lbs. and a 32-33" waist.....depending on what time of the day it is. :) I was lucky enough to try on a pair of size medium Humvees at a LBS and they were definitely tight! Nuthuggers! So I ordered size LARGE in all 3. The Singletrack and Humvee fit me well. They have little adjustment straps on each side that I was able to tighten slightly. There's a bit of extra room in the butt area but still, they fit comfortably. However, oddly, the Singletrack 3/4 was too big on me. Also, I also found a defect where the left pocket opening was smaller then the right pocket. So Competitive Cyclist (they are owned by Back Country) efficiently exchanged them for me to a MEDIUM. Arrived in a super fast 2 days! They fit perfectly! But I guess the smaller pocket is a feature of the Singletrack 3/4 because these medium size shorts has the same feature which I thought was a flaw. Bottomline, I LOVE all 3 shorts!
If you ride XC singletrack or AM, you deserve a pair! Invest in one of these and you will see why they are better then Fox, or any other brand. Vanity shouldn't matter, but these are just damn good looking shorts! I get compliments on the trail all the time!