review

Endura Urban Jean

8
£89.99

VERDICT:

8
10
Cycling-specific jeans that look good and are comfortable on and off the bike
Weight: 
564g

Endura's Urban jeans do what they say on the tin: they are jeans designed for cycling in. They work, they're very comfortable and I like them a lot. I'm not sure there's much more to say about them… Oh, go on then.

  • Pros: Seam-free gusset, discreet reflectives, fit
  • Cons: Umm...

There are a few things that make these jeans cycle-friendly. Most importantly, there's a seam-free gusset (it would be remiss of me to not link to Max's gussetfest of a review for similar jeans), where on normal jeans there's a confluence of four seams right where you don't want them.

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There is also reflective detailing on the right trouser leg when you roll it up, and there's a little reflective 'flag' hiding in the left rear pocket, ready to be deployed in dark weather.

Endura Urban Jean - cuff.jpg

The back of these jeans is higher than normal jeans, at first perhaps a little odd off the bike, but great for riding – no more exposed lower back. There's a loop for a mini D-lock too.

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And there's the fit. Endura uses a mix of hardwearing Cordura (you know, the stuff that backpacks are made of) and cotton with mechanical stretch to achieve a fit that is not exactly skinny, but tight enough to not get in the way of chains or other bicycle parts, though not loose enough to bother your aerodynamics too much either. Most importantly for me, and I suspect other cyclists too, is that I can get my cyclist's thighs in no bother without having to go a size up. They feel just right.

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I tested a medium, which according to Endura's size guide corresponds to a 33-35in waist. If anything, I'd say this comes up a bit smaller in the waist than the 34in jeans I'd normally go for. I'm 5ft 10in, and the leg length is spot on.

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There are the usual pockets you'd expect to find on a pair of jeans; the front pockets are big enough to take your phone and keep it in place. Fastening is taken care of by a proper button and a zip.

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If it matters to you, the website says they are made in Turkey, but the pair on test says made in Mauritius.

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With an RRP of £89.99, they're comparable with other good cycling jeans – a penny less than the Resolute Bay jeans Dave tested a couple of months ago, though a tenner more than Giro's Transfer jeans. They're not cheap, but they are good, and they look like they'll last.

Verdict

Cycling-specific jeans that look good and are comfortable on and off the bike

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Endura Urban Jean

Size tested: 34/Medium

Tell us what the product is for

All Endura has to say about this is "Technical performance jean".

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Endura lists:

Durable Cotton/Cordura® blend fabric with mechanical stretch

Slim fit extended back for ergonomic cycling

Discretely cycle specific cut with no flap calves

Front hip pockets

Rear patch pockets with pull out 'flag'

D-lock loop for rapid storage retrieval

Reflective tape exposed by rollup hem

Seam free gusset panel

Construction: Cotton 55% / Polyester 30% / Nylon 15%

Size Options: S, M, L, XL, XXL

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for fit:
 
8/10

The higher back might take a bit of getting used to off the bike, but you soon appreciate why it's there when you hop on a bike.

Rate the product for sizing:
 
5/10

I normally go for 34 inch waist jeans, which are then a bit too big at the waist (so I have to wear a belt), but fit my cyclist's thighs. I'd say there is a little less space left over around the waist on these, and I have lost a bit of weight recently as well, so I reckon they come up a little small.

Rate the product for comfort:
 
9/10

Really nice jeans to wear.

Rate the product for value:
 
6/10

£89.99 is not cheap, but they are very nice.

How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

Machine wash at 40 is what the label says. I had no problems with washing, but as with all jeans, don't go washing them with your whites first time.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Very comfortable jeans both on and off the bike. They just work.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The fit and the feel of the product.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing comes to mind.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

These jeans work well both on and off the bike, they look good and they are comfortable. I can't think of a single thing I don't like about them.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 38  Height: 1.78m  Weight: 78kg

I usually ride: All of them!  My best bike is: Cannondale CAAD10

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mountain biking

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