Specialized Enduro Comp Jersey & Comp Shorts- by Grannygear & Guitar Ted
It has been some time since we received a couple of sets of Specialized MTB clothing representing the new/much revised MTB line of technical clothing for 2014. The Specialized Enduro Comp Jersey and the Comp shorts have been well thrashed by GT and myself and here is what we think.
First, the details from the website for the clothing.
With its relaxed, t-shirt-like fit, the Enduro jersey is engineered to give you freedom to move on your ride, and features maximum UV protection care of our Skin Cancer Foundation-recommended DeflectUV fabric.
- VaporRize™ moisture transfer fabrics
- One zippered side pocket with sunglass wipe
- DeflectUV 30
- Relaxed fit: A t-shirt-like fit for freedom to moveFreedom to move while you’re ripping down trails is an essential feature, and the Enduro short delivers in spades. Engineered specifically for optimal flexibility and comfort, this short breathes and moves with you.
- VaporRize™ moisture transfer stretch woven fabrics
- Two hand pockets and one zippered pocket
- Side waist adjustment tabs
- DeflectUV 50+
- 13-3/4″ inseam-size medium
Grannygear’s Thoughts: I appreciate the UV rating of the fabric as I have had quite enough sun over my lifetime and expect to be a raisin some day. Both pieces of clothing have a very nice feel to the fabrics. The jersey is kind of shimmery and pretty silky to the skin. I have enjoyed the 3/4 length sleeves too in the version I have, something that looks appropriately mountain-bikey to me. The small, zipped pocket on the right hip of the jersey is kind of small and odd shaped and not that practical for stowing things other than small snacks or such what. There are no other pockets in the jersey. The fit is somewhat loose without being too much. Again, that fits into the MTB world nicely. It may be my imagination, but it seemed like the jersey would pick up body odor rather quickly. Or maybe it was all those garlic crust pizzas…not sure.
The shorts remind me of the recent Zoic baggies we reviewed in that they are a light, stretchy fabric that lends itself well to all around summer use and they are not too much for XC use as well as trail duty. Compared to the Zoics, the Specialized Enduro short is a bit baggier in cut but still does not droop in the crotch or get in the way. The Enduro short, like the jersey, is very simple with only three pockets: two on each hip like any pair of pants (somewhat shallow…no closures) and a small zip on the lower leg on one side. The waist adjustment is nice and comfy, no belt being needed. I typically wear a 32″ waist but in these I had to go to a 34″ size to get a good fit.
Overall the Enduro stuff is well done and I think is a step up from previous Specialized MTB clothing. I like the simple approach and light fabrics and the UV rating is a real plus out here in the land of the sun.
Guitar Ted’s thoughts: I received the Enduro Comp jersey and shorts for this review. The ensemble was meant to work while wearing a hydration pack, so Specialized did not include any back jersey pockets on the jersey. In fact, there is only a little zippered pouch fit for a pair of keys and maybe some wadded up fivers, if you’re good at packing! I didn’t use the pocket at all, myself. The pants are similarly “stripped down” when it comes to features. There are the two traditional hand pockets, as you would find on a pair of jeans, but that’s it. Specialized felt that additional pockets, while nice off the bike, really do not work well if they are loaded up while pedaling a bike. You know what? I would have to agree with that assessment. The shorts have a unique Velcro adjustment at the sides, about where your hip bone is, to adjust the waist. There is also Velcro on the fly with two snap closures. Efficient, and light with no possibility of zipper failure here. So while the garments I reviewed may seem “low featured”, they really only have what you need, nothing more, nothing less.
And what about the way they work while riding? Actually, I liked the jersey far more than I thought. It is thin enough to keep you as cool as you can get, but it doesn’t feel clingy while sweat soaked either. In fact, it may be one of the most comfortable jerseys on the bike I have tried. The fit for my XL-sized fuselage was excellent, and I had total freedom of movement with no little niggles to report at all.
The shorts were top notch as well. Generally, baggies all suffer at one time or another from the “hang up”. You know- when you are trying to dismount, re-mount, or just move back on the saddle, and hey! You are stuck on the nose of your saddle by the fabric of your shorts. Well, Specialized somehow figured out how to cut, sew, and form the crotch area so that it is snug and this prevents the “hang up”, for me anyway. I liked the similar feel to the jersey here – thin, but strong, and not so “nothing-like” that you felt naked. No bunching up or issues while wearing these with any of three different brands of bib shorts underneath either. Oh yeah….I did not get a short liner with these.
Overall: A strikingly Spartan set of garments that do a workmanlike job of letting you get your shred on without getting in the way. Understated looks, and quality construction throughout. I like ‘em, maybe you will too.
Note: Specialized sent over the Enduro shorts and jerseys at no charge to Twenty Nine Inches for test/review. We were not paid nor bribed for this review, and we strive to give our honest thoughts and opinions throughout.