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Altura Endurance bibshorts review

11 Aug 2021
Verdict:

Nicely finished bibshorts with anti-road rash side panels

Cyclist Rating: 
Price: 
£90
For 
Well priced • Anti-scuff side panels
Against 
Quite low-density pad • Thick straps

The Altura Endurance bibshorts are designed to go the distance, with input from ultra-endurance cyclist Mark Beaumont.

They’re not super-lightweight and airy, so they’re a good option for when the weather isn’t too hot and the £90 pricetag means that like other Altura kit they’re not going to break the bank.

Altura clearly expects trouble, because the standout feature of the Endurance shorts is the use of anti-abrasion fabric from Swiss brand Schoeller. There’s a strip of this fabric up the outer side of each leg and extending over the hip, which is where you often experience most damage in a fall.

 

Fortunately, I never got to see how effective the fabric was, but even if you don’t have a spill, the anti-abrasion properties are handy if you’re riding off-road through brambles and past tree branches. It could potentially increase the longevity of your shorts.

Other nice details include a mesh section with welded seams across the stomach area and on the front of the leg grippers. Inside these you get both a silicone strip and a deep array of silicone dots on the outer side and top of the leg, to make sure that the hems stay exactly where you’ve put them.

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All the seams in the lower body and legs are flatlocked too, a nice touch so that there’s minimal risk of chafing and irritation on a longer ride.

 

As with many cycling shorts from a wide range of brands, the pad in the Altura Endurance bibshorts is from Italian company Elastic Interface.

It’s not quite as thick or as dense as some, with the section under the sitbones being made of 70kg/m3 that's 11mm thick. If you like a thinner pad it’s fine, but higher priced bibshorts tend to have thicker, denser pads than this. Altura reckons the pad is good for rides of over eight hours though.

Often brands try to make the straps on bibshorts as thin and airy as possible, but those on the Altura Endurance shorts are made of a double layer of stretchy fabric, again suggesting that they’re not engineered for the hottest conditions.

They’re comfortable enough despite this, though, and ventilation at the back is better than most, as the straps continue as separate entities down to the main body, just linked up with a cross-strip at the top. Since this is an area that tends to get sweaty, the extra airflow is welcome and does increase comfort.

Reflectives are fairly limited – particularly for Altura – with small grey reflective Altura lettering across the rear, a printed-on dark reflective strip on the rear of both legs and an Altura logo on the right leg.

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Strangely there are also reflective tabs just below the start of the bibs at the front, where no-one is likely to see them unless you’re riding at night with your jersey open – maybe something that Beaumont does when riding an extra-long leg in the tropics?

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