The Endura Pinstripe Bibshorts are part of a Limited Edition range and offer decent performance, thanks mostly to a pad that works especially well the longer you ride.
- Pros: Firm pad for long distance riding, close yet unrestrictive cut
- Cons: Not the softest fabric against the skin
The Pinstripes use Endura's 600 series pad which is cut from a single block of foam with added gel inserts for comfort. At first it felt a little firm and bulky when on the saddle, but once things had settled in a bit it was actually a very comfortable pad, especially when riding for four or five hours. You realise just how supportive the whole thing is. It's also curved, so when you are wearing the shorts there is no bunching up of the chamois at all.
At the front the pad is quite thin, but I never found it to be an issue. There is also a mesh vent for breathability, but I didn't really notice any difference compared with pads without such a vent.
The whole pad is stitched into the shorts, and I'm happy to say I had no issues with rubbing anywhere.
The fabric used throughout the bib shorts feels compressive enough to support the muscles, and thanks to plenty of panels gives a close, performance-orientated fit.
The fabric has quite a firm feel to it, though, and isn't the softest against the skin. I'm not saying it's uncomfortable, but I've worn nicer, fabrics that tend to move with you as you pedal and move on the bike. The Northwave Extreme 3 bib shorts, for example. They did become a bit more comfortable the more I rode in them, and after a few washes.
The taut material does mean the legs aren't going to move up as you ride, so the small silicone gripper on each leg has little to do.
Elsewhere, you'll find a mesh bib section which uses a single section up the back and two straps over the front. The wide edging panels are comfortable and spread the load over a large area so there are no hot spots or irritation over the shoulders.
Size-wise, I used the Endura chart to make sure these mediums were right for me before testing, and they were spot on in use.
If you spend a lot of time on the bike then it's worth investing in a decent pair of shorts, and the price here of £84.99 is about what I'd expect for a pair of this quality. They are very well made and the fabric feels impressively durable. However, the Northwaves I've mentioned above just take the edge over the Enduras on comfort, for a fiver more. There's some tough opposition too from dhb's Aeron Speed bib shorts, with their £80 price tag.
Overall, I'd say the Enduras are a good pair of shorts but slightly better can be had for the same or a lower price.
Great pad for long distance riding but not the most comfortable fabric and the pricing puts them up against some tough opposition
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Endura Pinstripe Bibshorts
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
Endura says, "Featuring several simple yet eye-catching designs, the Endura Graphics Bib Shorts promise a great fit, comfort and freshness for your next ride."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
High quality Italian Lycra® fabric
600 series pad, computer cut 'Continuously Variable Profile' (CVP) stretch pad with gel inserts and antibacterial finish
Pre-curved race fit
Wicking upper-mesh for optimal breathability
Raw edge grip rib hem with super fine silicone grippers
Limited edition print
Construction: Main Nylon 78% / Elastane 22% Trim Polyester 39% / Nylon 37% / Elastane 24%
Size Options: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Made in China
Sizing is spot on to Endura's size chart on its website.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Endura recommends a 40 degree wash and this saw them come up clean after each wash with no issues.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
A nicely designed pad makes for a decent pair of shorts for a range of riding.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
There are more comfortable out there when it comes to the fabric.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, they did get more comfortable as time went on.
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly, I do like the design.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
Great quality and a very durable pair of shorts with a decent pad, but I found the fabric not quite as comfortable as some of the competition.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.