Endura MTR Baggy Short - Review

May 4, 2015
by Paul Aston  
Endura MTR Baggy short


Endura is from Scotland, the land of the brave, a lot of thistle, and record rainfall, which are three elements that lead the company to make some of the most respected, durable and weatherproof riding gear on the market. And after twenty three years of black predominating their lineup, they've gone wild and introduced orange to their leading MTR kit that's aimed not just towards cross-country and trail riding, but also for endurance athletes who don't want a life spent in Lycra. The MTR Baggy short is 100% nylon, a four-way stretch material, and sports a DWR (durable water repellent) back panel and mesh panels for ventilation. The crotch is constructed from a resilient fabric, and there's a ribbed stretch panel at the rear for traction when you're in the saddle. Storage comes courtesy of two high-zipped security side pockets and a 'media pocket' to the rear. There are five sizes offered between small and double extra-large, and matching bibs are available separately. For the less flamboyant rider there's a black version with orange colour pops. MSRP: $104.99 USD Endura

Endura MTR Baggy short
The Velcro waist adjustment is one of the most solid I have found, but the pockets were difficult to access when on the bike.
Endura MTR Baggy short
The grey anti-slip panel can be seen above the waist. This 'cat-tongue' material is smooth in one direction but rough in the other. Combining a patch on the short and the bibs helps to keep them in place.


Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesThe MTR Baggy Short is comfortable and fits well thanks to the stretch fabric. The cut is more cross-country than downhill, and it's certainly not excessively baggy. My lanky frame and narrow hips meant I needed a medium size for a good fit, but then I struggled with length, getting my fair share of awkward gap between my knee pads and each leg opening. The anti-slip system, combined with the solid Velcro fastening waist belt, added to this embarrassment by keeping the short high when riding, which is good for keeping the crotch from catching on the seat. Another upside of this being little chance of them slipping down, regardless of added weight from water and mud. In Endura's defence, they say the MTR Baggy is "Designed to stay up on the bike, just make sure you pull them down a bit for the trail centre cafe cool-kid look"

Endura are well known for their durability, and we encountered no problems except a few small fabric pulls after some bramble bashing. The DWR rear panel keeps you dry, especially in the spring when it's warming up but there still could be plenty of standing water on the trails. An iPhone 5 can just squeeze into the padded 'media pocket' at the rear, but the location puts your beloved social media center in direct line of fire from the back wheel - not ideal. The side pockets are bigger and high enough that they don't flap around with weight in them, but I did find them awkward to access one-handed when riding, as the zips tended to bunch up. The orange colour lost a little vibrancy after a couple of washes, but didn't continue to fade with prolonged use. A small irritation came from the stitching and seam around the anti-slip square of fabric on the bibs rubbing up my back the wrong way, which was made even worse when wearing a pack. - Paul Aston



48 Comments

  • + 28
 Endura are from Scotland but all clothes are Made in China.

Total labor costs $2. Material costs $5. You pay $104.99.

They are good shorts, but don't be fooled.
  • + 6
 Enduro once had pretty good value for money. Nów - not so much..
  • + 7
 (Endura---> Enduro) autocorrected? too much enduro bro?
  • + 2
 While I agree that most of their gear is manufactured in China, some of their products are made in Scotland.
  • + 6
 Also, the Humvee and Singletrack gear by Endura, is better priced and damn near indestructible.
  • + 3
 I've had several Endura Products fail very early on. Damn shame! My rain pants don't work as the crotch and knees gave into the rain, Their top-of-the-line rain jacket's membrane and seals exploded and the waterproof zippers ripped out too. Their socks don't last long either etc... The quality has dropped for sure. Sorry for the bad press but...
  • + 20
 There is far too much concern in how mtb clothes look over how well they function. Who cares if your showing a little knee, if its got the right logo or the graphics are 'on trend'. Its not a fashion show its a dirty mountain. Ride your god-damn bike.
  • - 2
 I agree, and these are even "moderately" priced compared to others. Am I missing something where I need a zipper on my ass? I'm usually rocking a pair of $25 shorts on the bike and on lengthy days, a $15 padded liner.
  • + 77
 Can we please stop with the completely cliche comment of "just go ride your bike"? Yeah we get it, you're the saving grace of the bike community.

No shit we're gonna ride our God damn bike, why the f*ck else would we be here?
  • + 7
 Thank you, andnyleswillriot.
  • + 14
 I care. For the money I pay I want both function and form. I also don't want a twat gap between my kneepads and the shorts, because it looks crap.
  • + 10
 that just looks wrong. From a distance it looks like he sliced up his pants and ended up with 80s short shorts on.
  • + 4
 On the front page's small photo, the orange looks skin colored and the black portion looks like brief pulled down.
  • + 7
 I love my Endura 3/4 riding shorts - but in all black This particular paint job pictured above reminds me of a construction zone worker.
  • + 2
 Ya, a lil late to the rainbow- bright color ways...better late than nvr doesn't apply here. Mtb needs to move on, maybe draw inspiration from F1 paddocks. Trek is leading here.
  • + 5
 Endura's are awesome. My Humvee 3/4 baggys are the best shorts I have ever worn. I have even forsaken my Race Face and Alpinestar shorts for them. They are so comfy I even wear them as casual shorts too Big Grin
  • + 4
 If i didn't have so many shorts I'd get this. I'm phasing out all trail shorts that are not endura or pearl. I hate to say it but you get what you pay for. My Endura Hummvees are my favorite pair of shorts period. From the Fabric, comfort, fit and liner. Same goes for the Pearl I have but they don't have many options so I'll stick to Endura for trails/ TLD for DH. Pearl for Road. Smile

Also have the endura singletrack pants for the winter.
  • + 7
 i have their waterproof 3/4 short and they are $$$ well spent
  • + 3
 For only the low price of $104.99, this is a steal. Might buy two pairs just in case the first ones get a bit dirty since they are so inexpensive, and of course for the color!
  • + 6
 Flesh colored shorts always looks funny
  • + 15
 If your flesh is that colour then you need to get to the doctor pronto.
  • - 6
flag cool3 (May 5, 2015 at 9:25) (Below Threshold)
 That one made me LOL! Good pun!
  • + 2
 "The Velcro waist adjustment is one of the most solid I have found, but the pockets were difficult to access when on the bike" -

...don't know about you but the last thing I'm doing when I ride is fumbling about in my pockets !

I love Endura shorts, I can't seem to wear them out. There's a lot of thought goes into their products.
  • + 1
 Really torn on Endura these days (excuse the pun).

Their stuff used to be solid (some Downhill shorts have lasted forever), but recent purchases such as a soft shell jacket, gloves, trousers and 3/4 pants for wearing under shorts have not got past a year without problems like stitching coming undone (at the extreme - every stitched hem on the shoftshell inc cuffs, side pockets, rear pockets has failed after 5 months of normal usage). Can't wonder if quality has reduced.
  • + 2
 Just remember to buy these one or two sizes larger than you usually wear. Both of my Endura shorts, while I love them, are deff on the small side.
  • + 1
 Bibs with my indestructible Endura Zyme 3/4s. Going with a thinner short for summer but the Zymes are crash proof and as an added bonus aren't orange.
  • + 3
 Bibs are the future. Supreme comfort.
  • + 1
 @paulaston: what model iPhone barely fit, and was it in a case? Yeah, I'm serious - I really like this type of phone pocket but some of them are too small.
  • + 1
 iPhone 5s in a slim case.
  • - 1
 These shorts do not provide the correct slimming effect I am looking for. I feel these short would accentuate my belly. Not going to purchase something that looks lie a diaper is creeping out the top.
  • + 1
 Agree with another poster. The velcro on these does stop gripping quite quickly.
  • + 1
 Endura sounds like it's for women...
  • - 1
 I love Endura but the velcro on these shorts wears out super easily. Go with the Humvee, Humvee 3/4, or Humvee Lights! There rain gear rocks too!
  • + 1
 Bibs. Really. Come to the dark side, your ass won't be sore.
  • + 3
 Where's the darkside? No bike shorts?!?
  • + 2
 It's where the sun don't shine.
  • + 1
 Yal need to get a real room, this chat room is getn sizzly!
  • + 1
 2 hot 4 Oz I'd reckon
  • + 1
 looks a little tight
  • - 1
 i prefer bibs rather than n-duro clothing.
  • - 3
 So my precious iPhone might get hurt if I ride in these? Oh no!
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