The beginning of this summer in Pennsylvania brought a lot of rain. Every day. My garden exploded. I was able to paddle some of my favorite whitewater streams in warm weather, which hardly ever happens. And mountain biking meant getting wet, whether it was from the precipitation falling from the sky or the saturated earth flinging up from the trail.
So, when I was given the opportunity to review some of Endura’s new women’s products, the waterproof MT500 Spray Baggy Shorts were a natural choice. Of course, as soon as they arrived in the mail, it stopped raining, and the rest of the summer has remained relatively dry.
But I still found some water to splash around in and test out this pair of women’s baggy mountain bike shorts designed for wet conditions.
The MT500 Spray Baggy shorts are constructed of durable Cordura fabric and feature extra waterproof panels with a taped seam on the crotch and the rear. As waterproof shorts, I was a little concerned that they wouldn’t be very stretchy, but this is not the case. They actually form to the body quite well and allow for an exceptional amount of movement, thanks to extra-stretchy panels built into areas such as the hips and lower back, below the waistband.
The waistband itself provides plenty of stretch and includes an integrated belt. These shorts also feature two front pockets for storage, and thigh vents to help with air flow. They are clickfast compatible, which means that you can easily attach an Endura undershort or liner via little snaps on the waistband. The bottom hem is also velcro, adjustable for a baggier or tighter fit.
The only downside to these shorts is that despite the vents, they aren’t as breathable as a lot of other shorts due to their waterproof nature, so in the summer they get pretty toasty. They are great for the shoulder seasons and cooler months, and do a good job at their intended purpose of keeping you dry. I’ll probably end up wearing them a lot in the winter over a pair of tights. No one likes a soggy bottom, and these shorts are the solution!
The Endura Women’s MT500 Spray Baggy MTB shorts come in sizes XS-L.
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