As I mentioned in the introduction, I’ve been moving towards riding in pants almost exclusively, especially during the wetter and colder months (essentially everything outside of June-September in the UK, if we’re lucky). With that, I’d have been better served by testing the Hummvee trousers, but nevertheless I braved some cold and wet shins to offer some insight for you short-wearing diehards out there. It’s safe to say that Endura has continued to offer stellar long-lasting performance in their Hummvee shorts, with a nice balance of comfort and flexibility. The cut is quite generous, affording plenty of freedom of movement and for the generously padded inner short to fit without issue. They’re on the fairly long side too, avoiding any chance of the dreaded pad gap from occurring. Details are well considered throughout, with the supplied belt allowing for their secure fastening and catering to a wide range of waist sizes.
They’re certainly not an ultra lightweight and airy short, but they’re not overly thick and heavy to the point that they’re excessively hot like a burly moto-style gravity short. They offer ample comfort for long days in the saddle until conditions climb towards the sweltering, where even the leg vents can’t avoid some temperature buildup occurring. Outside of British midsummer though, they sit in a comfortable spot. The pockets may be useful to some, but I found them a little excessive, especially when it comes to the pockets on the rear. When you consider the Hummvee’s origins as a short for bike couriers, they do make a little more sense, but for me they only serve to add a little extra bulk and the potential to snag on the saddle, so I’d rather go without. Ultimately, the Singletrack or MT500 lines are likely the more suitable for me, and for serious mountain bikers. But as an all-rounder, versatile short for more than the gnarliest of mountain biking, there’s a lot to like about the practical Hummvee.
While the Hummvee short is good, but not necessarily what I’d choose, the MT500 Thermal L/S II was an item that I actually purchased for myself a few years ago, and has featured heavily in my kit choice for fall through to spring rides. It’s an impressively versatile piece of clothing: I typically found myself wearing it as an outer layer with a jersey beneath on the drier days from 5-10 celsius (40-50F). At the upper end of this temperature range – especially on the windier days – I would wear it on its own, with its windproofing keeping temperatures comfortable and a quick unzip of the chest to half way allowing for a quick dump of heat if pushing hard on a climb. On the colder days it’d occasionally be chosen as a midlayer, often with a waterproof jacket or one-piece over the top.
The material wicks sweat well, and the windproof paneling prevents it from being overly eager to cool and allowing a chill to develop quickly. The inner lining is soft and comfortable on the skin, which is crucial to allow it to be used solo. Through all of the above scenarios, I found myself happy with the performance of Endura’s versatile zip-up hoodie, and it’s stood up to a serious amount of abuse over these years without flinching. The “blueberry” version photographed is a new colorway that I’ve not ridden in as much, but my original is showing that this new one is going to be with me for a long time too.
The fit is fairly slim, but the MT500 Thermal L/S II packs a large amount of stretch to let you get away with it. This is important when being used as a midlayer, as it prevents any bunching of material and keeps everything a lot more comfortable. The pockets are smartly made, offering up loads of room in the front to stow whatever you may need, and the inner chest pocket holding a phone tightly enough that it’s not annoying in the slightest. The under-helmet hood isn’t something I found myself using all too much, but did come in handy to keep a little more heat in on the particularly cool days, without restricting movement at all.
My only minor gripe is that it could serve to be a touch longer at the rear, with the elasticated waistband struggling to keep the rear down when you’re riding, even when the toggles are tightened. I’m short in the body, too, so fear that it may come up particularly short on some, though my large butt doesn’t help matters, encouraging the hem to migrate upwards. With this in mind, I suppose Endura’s 90-day guarantee on the MT500 range is particularly good to see, where you can try this item and see if it works for you. I hope you have the same experience as me and keep it, because it’s a truly excellent item to have in the kit bag.
The Wolf’s Last Word
As an all-round versatile short, the Endura Hummvee continues to be a solid offering. Their MT500 Thermal L/S is the star of this show though, offering adaptable performance to keep a rider warm – but not too warm – out on the trail, with great effect.
Hummvee Short w/Liner – £69.99/$99.99
MT500 Thermal L/S II – £99.99/$139.99