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Endura Women’s FS260-Pro Bibshort DS

6
£89.99

VERDICT:

6
10
Comfy, with a good easy-pee solution, but the fit is on the loose side and the finishing quality variable
Nice colour options
Drop seat design
Drop seat design adversely affects the fit
Some of the quality of stitching isn't great
Weight: 
198g

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The updated Endura Women's FS260-Pro Bibshort DS feature a zipless drop seat feature and beautiful colour options, but the new design alters the fit of the previous shorts, making them looser – and the overall quality isn't quite what it used to be.

Made of recycled polyester (20%), elastane (30%) and nylon (50%), the shorts offer a non-restrictive fit, even in a more aggressive road riding position, and the open back and front design are good for warmer temperatures.

The straps are a mesh fabric with plenty of stretch, allowing the drop seat (DS) feature to function properly – although this adds to the looser fit.

This easy-pee solution is quite similar to Velocio's FlyFree design. Basically, the stretchy straps and overlapping panels on the lower back make it easy to pull down the shorts without putting any strain on the seams.

2022 Endura Women's FS260-Pro Bibshort DS - back detail 2.jpg

As good as it sounds, and as easy as it is to use, this is not my favourite easy-pee design. I own not just one but two pairs of Endura's earlier design of these bibs, featuring a zipped drop seat, and I love those shorts and how easy they are to use. The only downside is that on long rides the zip can feel uncomfortable on the hips – an issue I (and, presumably, Endura) thought this new design would remove, but it didn't.

The new drop seat design – Endura says this is the third iteration – adds unnecessary fabric to the lower back, and makes these bibs feel loose in the area where a little bit of compression would be good and help to keep them in place.

2022 Endura Women's FS260-Pro Bibshort DS - back detail.jpg

I could possibly have sized down to an XS for a snugger fit, but I've usually always been small in Endura kit. Endura does offer these bibs in sizes ranging from XXS to XL, so a good range to choose from. (And they come in neon pink or black, as well as the 'Kingfisher' on test.)

The looseness aside, or because of it, the fit is pleasantly non-restricting, but I did find myself having to adjust the pad while riding, as it has room to move.

It's Endura's Women's 600 Series Pad, which has a Continuously Variable Profile with gel inserts and an antibacterial finish. I really like it, although it is quite wide and comes up a little higher at the front than some, which isn't for everyone. I found it great, including on longer rides, plus it also washes well and dries quickly.

2022 Endura Women's FS260-Pro Bibshort DS - chamois.jpg

Endura shorts tend to come up slightly shorter than some, I find, but the length fits me perfectly and that's the case here.

2022 Endura Women's FS260-Pro Bibshort DS - cuff.jpg

Because of their width and stretch, the leg grippers are very comfortable, with silicone strips inside ensuring they won't creep up. They also feature two reflective stripes, which are great for added visibility.

2022 Endura Women's FS260-Pro Bibshort DS - cuff gripper.jpg

Durability and quality

The bibs have more seams than many, which doesn't affect performance, it's more an aesthetic consideration, but I have already seen a few loose threads in these. After just two rides, the stitching around the chamois started to unravel, and there are loose threads and rather patchy finishing in other areas.

The Endura logo on the upper thigh has also started to peel off with regular washes. I'm not against branding, but maybe the logo should be placed elsewhere or its material redesigned so it'd stick a little longer. The shorts also feel like they're getting looser after washing.

Value

You can pay a lot more than the £89.99 of these bibs for ones with an easy-pee design and a comfortable, long-distance pad. Velocio's Ultralight bib shorts, with a similar drop seat design, are now £201, and Assos' UMA GTV C2s are amazing in terms of quality and comfort (I reviewed them just last month) – and £210.

> Read more road.cc reviews of women’s shorts here

However, you can find bib shorts with easy-pee solutions for a lot less than that, such as Pearl Izumi's Women's Attack Bib Shorts for £99.99. We haven't reviewed those, but Anna thought the 3/4-length versions were excellent.

Though the Enduras are £10 cheaper, there is room for improvement in the finishing quality. I also think you need to be careful with the sizing as the drop seat feature seems to make these a looser fit – a lot looser than the previous zipped DS version, anyway.

Conclusion

Assuming the fit is good for you – you might want to size down – these are comfortable bib shorts, with soft and stretchy fabrics and a good long-distance chamois. The drop seat functions well but I don't think it's as good as the previous zipped design, and the quality – of this pair at least – wasn't up to Endura's usual standards.

Verdict

Comfy, with a good easy-pee solution, but the fit is on the loose side and the finishing quality variable

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Endura Women's FS260-Pro Bibshort DS

Size tested: Small

Tell us what the product is for

In essence, these bibs are the drop-seat version of Endura's best selling FS260-Pro bibs that the brand describes: "Now in its third generation, FS260-Pro Bibshort has become the go-to-garment for the discerning rider who recognises quality. This bibshort ranks highly in reviews, frequently outperforming more expensive alternatives from other brands. This is thanks to its focus on performance, comfort and sharp styling."

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

These bibs have Endura's 600 Series Pad, engineered using computer cut 'Continuously Variable Profile' (CVP) process which delivers a stretch pad with antibacterial finish and integrated gel inserts for added comfort. To eliminate any chafing and bulk the hems are finished with a raw edge power band with an inner silicone print for optimal grip. Low bulk Y-form binding is also used on the mesh upper. Reflective twin stripe detailing on the rear hem helps keep you safe on night rides.

Endura says this product is in a 'pre-curved race fit' and yet is supportive and comfortable for the larger rider.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
6/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
6/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
5/10

After a few wears, some of the stitching was already showing signs of unravelling. They also feel like they're getting looser after washing, and the Endura logo has started to peel.

Rate the product for fit:
 
6/10

A bit loose because of the drop seat design.

Rate the product for sizing:
 
7/10
Rate the product for comfort:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
5/10

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

The bibs wash well – in terms of coming out clean – but they felt even stretchier/looser after a wash, and the Endura text on the thigh has started to peel off.

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

The materials feel soft to the touch, and the shorts have a very comfortable pad suitable for long-distance rides, but I found it needed some adjusting while riding because of the looser fit. The drop seat functions well though – they're easy to pull down for a pee break with a jersey on.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

I like the colour (Kingfisher), the chamois and the wide leg grippers.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

I am not a fan of the redesigned drop seat – the zip one performed a lot better without compromising the fit of the shorts.

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

They're a tenner cheaper than Pearl Izumi's Women's Attack Bib Shorts – we haven't reviewed those, but Anna thought the 3/4s were excellent.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? No

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

The colour options are great, and the chamois is very comfortable on long rides, but Endura has updated the drop seat from a zip to a stretchy panel, which has compromised the fit to an extent; they feel almost too loose on the waist and lower back and offer nearly no compression. Also, after a few wears some of the stitching was already showing signs of unravelling. They're quite good, but room for improvement...

Overall rating: 6/10

About the tester

Age: 30  Height: 164cm  Weight: 53kg

I usually ride: Specialized Tarmac Sl6  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Under 5 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, general fitness riding, Ultra-distances

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