Tight spandex shorts are great for venting the summer heat, but I don’t care to wear them. I prefer baggie shorts that have pockets for utility, and have a fit that is less revealing. Most baggie shorts are two shorts in one, typically composed of a durable outer layer and a thinner liner with a chamois. Wearing two pairs of shorts in the heat of summer though can really store the heat, especially in the area of your body that is doing all the work when on the bike!
I recently visited the Bike Habitat to pick up some new shorts, and they turned me on to the new Hummvee Lite Shorts from Endura. Just as the names suggests, the Hummvee Lites are a much lighter version of the rugged Endura Hummvees. The outer shell is a lightweight stretch nylon, and there are mesh vents on the hips. The inner liner is also thinner than standard and allows increased airflow to your bicycle’s engine room.
Even though the Hummvee Lites are lightweight and breathable, they are still packed with features.
- Durable 4-way stretch light-weight nylon with DWR finish
- Mesh rear sections for optimal breathability
- Front hip pockets
- Side cargo zipped flap pockets
- Seamfree inseam panel
- Fully elasticated waist band with integral stretch belt
- Velcro hem adjusters
- Reflective logos
- Double layer seat
- Compatible with all Endura clickfast liners
- MSRP: $89
The Hummvee Lites come with Endura’s ClickFast snaps. The inner liner easily snaps in or out of the short at the waist at four different contact points. This prevents the shell from sagging below the liner, a problem I’ve had with other shorts. To extend laundering intervals, you can purchase additional liners or use the liners from other Endura shorts you have in your cycling wardrobe.
I’ve had the Humvee Lites out for some hot rides. I do much of my mountain biking around the noon hour, and temperatures can easily climb into the upper 90’s. I’ve found these shorts to be much more comfortable in the heat than the baggies I was wearing, and I’m not ready to tear them off the second I get off the bike. And as I mentioned, I like the baggie styling and the utility of the pockets. The shorts look presentable when off the bike if I have to run into the store or walk through the office at work. I can also carry a camera, key, map, energy bar, or other trail necessities in the pockets, and get to the items easily and quickly when I need them.
The Hummvee Lites come in black and light gray. I have the light gray color. Although they show the dirt more, the lighter color doesn’t absorb as much of the heat of the sun, further adding to the coolness of the shorts.
The chamois feels a bit awkward when walking around off the bike compared to other shorts I’ve tried, but it settles into place just fine when riding and hasn’t caused any comfort issues. I still need to get the shorts out for an all day epic ride to see how they do for the long hauls. With all the cooling features though, I expect them to do well.
I noticed that the Endura shorts run a bit small, and not just the Hummvee Lites. I tried on 3 different models, and found I needed an XL in all of them. Being 5’10” and 160 lbs, this was a little strange to me. I tried not to get my feelings hurt and bought the XLs. And for the bigger guys that are actually an XL, don’t worry as they come in XXL also.