ENDURA Singletrack short, £44.99, www.endura.co.uk


This is the top-rated 'baggy' from the Scottish bikewear supremos, packed with a multitude of ingenious features. The Cordura fabric has a Teflon treatment which makes them not only highly durable, laughing off the odd scrape or tumble, but also splash-proof and quick to dry. And even though they wick well anyway, there’s a pair of zipped leg vents to allow more air flow on sticky rides. The bomproof design means that all seams get double, if not triple, stitching, however the seat is kept smooth to avoid snagging.

We’d prefer a little more length in the leg, though that doesn’t affect performance. You can tailor the fit with waist adjusters and Velcro tabs on the leg; and just inside the waistband you’ll find ‘Clikfast’ poppers where you can clip in a pair of extremely comfortable Endura liner shorts (not included, £17.99), which is a brilliant solution for quick washing on multi-day trips. Two front pockets — one of which hides a zipped security pocket — are complemented by a pair of larger rear ones that will swallow most maps. Available in S-XXL and black or brown; there’s also a similarly priced women’s version with assymetric front fly and low rise for a flattering fit.