Cool, comfy, great colours (plus black), and a really decent fit, all from a company with a conscience. SingleTrack Lite, we like.

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 10

Endura SingleTrack Lite Short

Pros:

  • Cool and breezy for the summer, and a choice of flashy colours, plus black. The sizing and fit is great and there's even a choice of regular or a shorter leg version.

Cons:

  • Um... the price has gone up by a tenner since we reviewed the old style six years ago.

Product:

Endura SingleTrack Lite Short review

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£69.99

The new Endura SingleTrack Lite short has been designed for warm-weather riding. It’s made from a blend of nylon and elastane, and the effect is a short that’s lightweight and stretchy, and feels just about as thin as you can decently get away with. Keeping things summery, there are 30-or-so laser-cut ventilation holes atop each thigh for a breezy feel, and it’s available in three fun colours. And black.

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Endura Singletrack Lite Short

With a tailored fit and long leg length the Endura SingleTrack Lite is ideal for taller riders… and shorter ones too, thanks to a short-leg version

Hailing from the rainy corner of the UK, Endura has also sensibly added a PFC-free DWR finish to SingleTrack Lite to fend off splashes. That’s not the only environmentally-conscious choice the Scottish apparel brand has made either, there’s a crash repair service available to discourage just binning them if they’re damaged. Instead, post them back, whatever their age, and Endura will stitch them back together for £15 plus £5 postage. Oh, and it has pledged to plant a million trees annually for carbon capture.

Endura Singletrack Lite Short

Velcro tabs ensure a comfy fit, and putting them at the rear means they’re cleverly out of the way and don’t bunch when riding

The SingleTrack Lite fit is tailored rather than baggy, Endura’s not generous with the fit but that suits me just fine. If you’ve got some muscle though you might want to upsize. It’s great that Endura makes the SL in both a regular and a short version because it can keep things good and long in the leg for taller riders, while still allowing for those with less height. I’m 6ft 1in and the size large was ideal for my gangly lower limbs. There’s a female focussed Endura Womens SingleTrack Lite short too, by the way.

There’s a slight flare to the leg openings, and the seams are neat and flush here too, which all helps it sit and slide neatly over your knee pads without hooking up. Keeping it snugly around the waist are twin velcro tabs at the back, and a double popper closure and zip fly at the front. Then there are some nice details like two zippered hand pockets and a further zip pocket on the bum.

Verdict

The SingleTrack Lite is a great short, it’s super lightweight and cool without being flimsy or floaty, and Endura has nailed the details, sizing and style.

Details

Sizes:S-XXL
Liner:No
Colours:Blue, black, green, orange
Contact:endurasport.com