Endura Hummvee II Trousers review - commuter-friendly baggies that can double for causal winter gravel
Blurring the lines between commuter wear and trail kit
A comfy option made for the concrete jungle in winter – although they'd double up nicely for casual gravel duties. A solid choice for the commuter or cycle courier and good for some light trail riding. They aren't the most waterproof option that money can buy, but the Hummvee range is notoriously durable and these trousers are no different.
Very comfortable, especially in cooler weather
Not as breathable as expected
Endura describes these trousers as multi-use, trail and urban trousers. This means we have a pair of cycling trousers that are good for a ride to the shops and for going full-send in the woods. Can one pair really do it all though?
At first glance, the Endura Hummvee II trousers look like any other pair of mountain biking or commuting baggies. Once on, they're comfortable with the legs feeling pleasantly soft on my skin. The Hummvee range was designed with durability in mind, and previous products from this collection have proven to live up to their billing.
The trousers are 'clickfast' compatible, Endura’s range of removable padding for its cycling kit. Designed with the help of bike couriers, the trousers are primarily in the realm of commuter-wear, like many of the best waterproof cycling trousers on the market. As a keen commuter cyclist (who also works from home, so I did have to manufacture the odd journey) I was excited to test these out.
Endura Hummvee II Trousers: fit
The first feature of note is the relaxed fit. The chances are, you’ll be able to fit into a couple of sizes with these and the pair you go for will depend on a couple of things: Are you wearing these trousers over something else? What’s your personal style preference?
As I usually opt for a slightly closer cut trouser, I preferred the size small here – but could also fit into a medium without looking silly or having them fall down (I am 6'1"/186cm tall and 161lbs/73kg). If I wore a suit to work, then I might opt for the medium to go over my trousers.
Endura Hummvee II Trousers: comfort
There were no real complaints in the comfort department other than the fact that they can be a little warm on hotter days (though you’d probably opt for shorts in this case anyway). As a result , the Hummvee II trousers are likely to keep you comfortable on your commute through most of the British winter.
Endura Hummvee II Trousers: durability
The previous items in the Hummvee range had a bit of a legendary durability status and I saw nothing here that would suggest otherwise. The Hummvee II trousers survived some low speed crashes in the woods, tumble drying (despite advising against this) and washing repeatedly without any visible signs of wear at the seams or in the main flex points of the garment.
Endura Hummvee II Trousers: waterproofing
If you commute regularly it's likely that you’ll get rained on at some point when wearing these trousers. They’re described as ‘water repellent’ by Endura and that fits my experience. If you’re caught in a torrential downpour you’ll likely find yourself with slightly wet legs. For the most part though, they'll keep you dry.
Endura Hummvee II Trousers: value and conclusions
The Hummvee II trousers have a retail price $99.99 / £59.99, which represents decent value. Rapha's Technical Trousers, for example, at $160.00 / £120.00 are around twice the price. dhb's Flashlight Waterproof Trousers retail at $65.00 / £50.00 but are more of traditional cycling overtrouser and not quite as adaptable as the Hummvee pants.
All told, the Hummvee IIs are a solid commuter option that are also suitable for some light downhill and enduro riding too, should that be your thing.
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Tom Epton is a freelance writer and data scientist. Originally training as a scientist after completing his studies in physics he realised that cycling was what he wanted to spend his life thinking about. Now he works with manufacturers, athletes and teams using cutting edge data science methods to find performance gains. Tom writes primarily about sport-science and tech!
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