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Endura GV500 Foyle Shorts

7
£79.99

VERDICT:

7
10
Really good ventilated, slim-fitting shorts let down by small pocket openings
Great fit
Light
Good length
Pocket openings are small
Weight: 
204g

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Endura's GV500 Foyle Shorts are part of its new-for-2021 gravel and adventure range. They offer a slim cut, low weight and have a water repellent finish. They fit really well – avoiding the baggy off-road look – and work well both on and off the bike.

The Foyle shorts are made from a lightweight, stretchy woven fabric (95% nylon, 5% elastane) with a PFC-free non-toxic water repellent finish. I can't tell you how durable that water repellent finish is in the long run, but there are no signs of deterioration after a handful of washes.

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Why Foyle? According to Endura, 'Foyle is derived from the self-proclaimed home of Scottish gravel Aberfoyle, now often referred to by those who frequent the network of trails as Gravelfoyle.'

2021 Endura GV500 Foyle Shorts - side.jpg

There are a number of features that make these shorts work well in high temperatures. There are vertical zips mid thigh, about 15cm long, for ventilation (and if you're wearing Endura's Reiver bib shorts, they give access to the thigh pockets too).

2021 Endura GV500 Foyle Shorts - zipped leg pocket.jpg

The front hand pockets are partially made from mesh, and along the inside thigh there are six laser-cut holes for still more ventilation. You get the same arrangement of six holes in front of the pockets.

2021 Endura GV500 Foyle Shorts - vents.jpg

The waistband is also a mesh-like fabric, to help wick sweat away. All this, combined with the lightweight fabric, means the Foyles work better than most to keep sweat to a minimum.

Fit and cut

These are just the right kind of slim fit, and stay easy enough to get on and off. They're secured by a zip and a couple of poppers, plus the waist is elasticated and you get hook-and-loop adjuster tabs on the sides. They also feature Endura's Clickfast tabs for securing its compatible liners.

2021 Endura GV500 Foyle Shorts - waist.jpg

This, combined with the eight horizontal silicone grippers on the back of the waistband, means these shorts stay where you want them.

2021 Endura GV500 Foyle Shorts - gripper.jpg

While the pockets themselves are big enough to fit any size phone, the zipped openings are small – just 13cm. That is just a bit too small to get my hands in easily, and they're not unusually big; if you do have big hands, I can imagine this could be more than just an annoyance.

2021 Endura GV500 Foyle Shorts - zipped pocket.jpg

Overall though, my stats put me in Medium (84-89cm) according to Endura's size guide. A medium is what I'm reviewing here, and it fits me just right.

I used these shorts for a variety of riding types, from shopping to gravel rides to mountain biking. It's pretty obvious that they are not designed for the latter; there is no space for kneepads, and the fabric would not stand up to much abrasion from crashes.

2021 Endura GV500 Foyle Shorts - detail.jpg

For less adrenaline-fuelled riding, these work really well. They are slim-fitting enough not to worry about aero drag, the ventilation works better than other shorts I've used, and the adjustment tabs and silicone grippers keep them where you want them.

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Nevertheless, I'm not entirely converted – personally I'm sticking with bib shorts for gravel. But for touring, non-kneepad mounting biking and going to the shops, these are now my favourite shorts.

Value

At £79.99, these are not the cheapest shorts you can find. Endura's own Hummvee Short II is £20 cheaper at £59.99 and comes with a liner, while Gore Wear's Passion Shorts are £69.99 and similar to the Foyles.

On the other hand, Rapha's Trail Shorts are £110, while Castelli's Unlimited Baggy Short is more expensive still at £115.

Conclusion

Endura's GV500 Foyle Shorts are a pleasure to wear on or off the bike. They don't move around when riding, they fit well and there's no flapping. You can get cheaper shorts, but I don't think the price is outrageous – though if you've got big hands, you might not find them quite so pleasing.

Verdict

Really good ventilated, slim-fitting shorts let down by small pocket openings

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Endura GV500 Foyle Shorts

Size tested: Medium

Tell us what the product is for

Endura says: "Slim cut shorts designed to work perfectly with our GV500 Reiver Bibshorts."

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

Endura lists:

Super-stretch lightweight woven fabrics

PFC-Free, non-toxic durable water repellent finish

Mesh lined inner waistband, with printed silicon gripper to reduce slipping

Elasticated Velcro waistband adjuster tabs

Zipped front hand pockets with partial mesh bags for ventilation

Laser cut perforated vents

Zipped thigh openings that double up as vents and access to the aligned GV500 Reiver Bibshort cargo pockets

Clickfast liner compatible

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for fit:
 
9/10
Rate the product for sizing:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
5/10

You can spend less on decent shorts, but not a lot less. You can also spend more, of course.

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

As usual, I just bunged these in the wash without taking much notice of the washing instructions. They still look fine.

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

If you don't want the full, baggy mountainbiker look, then these work really well.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The fit and the lightweight fabric.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The pockets are on the small side.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

Endura's own Hummvee shorts are £20 cheaper and come with a liner, while Gore Wear's passion shorts are £69.99. On the other hand, Rapha's trail shorts are £110 and Castelli's Unlimited Baggy Shorts are £115.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Probably not, but only because I don't normally wear casual shorts for gravel

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

Endura's GV500 Foyle Shorts are a pleasure to wear on and off the bike. They don't move around when riding, they fit well and there's no flapping. You can get cheaper shorts, but I don't think the price is outrageous. If I could just get my hands in and out of the pockets a bit more easily, they'd score higher.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 44  Height: 1.78m  Weight: 77kg

I usually ride: All of them!  My best bike is: Ribble Endurance SL disc

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, club rides, mtb, Zwift

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