Biking in the colder months can be an adventure but it presents a lot of clothing challenges. You need cycling pants that will keep you warm and keep out water, snow, and mud. We recently tried out the Craftsportswear Core Endur Hydro Cycling Pants and really liked them. Keep reading to learn more about the Craft cycling pants.
About Craft Sportswear
Craft Sportswear is a Swedish company founded in 1973. They are focused on making high performance clothing for endurance sports. They make some of the finest clothing available for biking, cross country skiing, and running. They are also focused on sustainability by using recycled materials and low CO2 output for shipping.
Features of the Craft Cycling Pants – Men’s Core Endur Hydro
☆ Best Wet Weather Cycling Pants
Key Features and Specifications
- WINDPROOF AND WATERPROOF – Windproof and water-protective fabric for all weather cycling. WP 5,000/MWP 5,000
- DURABLE AND COMFORTABLE – Elastic fabric at back yoke for enhanced comfort. Reflective velcro adjuster at bottom leg for optimal fit. Reinforced fabric at crotch area
- FIT – Semi-Relaxed
- FABRIC – Body: Face 100% Polyester, Back 100% Polyurethane, Front/ Back Seat: 94% Polyamid, 6% Elastane
The Core Hydro Endur pants are windproof and water resistant. They are uninsulated shell pants that are good for layering. Crafts Sportswear provided a set for us to try out for cycling in Michigan during the colder months. This was the first piece of Craft cycling clothing I have tried and I’m quite impressed. I plan to add more Craft cycling apparel to my gear as I replace items.
For a great jacket to wear with these pants, check out our review of the Craft Sportswear Core SubZ Cycling Jacket.
The Core Hydro Endur pants retail for $99.99 on the Craft Sportswear website. Some Craft Sportswear clothing can also be found at Backcountry, Moosejaw, and Amazon.
Materials and construction
The pants are made with a water protective fabric. The material is not stretchy and feels like a 2L waterproof shell material. It’s soft enough to allow a full range of motion. They have a wind and waterproof rating of WP 5,000/MWP 5,000. It is breathable so that it doesn’t trap the moisture inside.
They use taped seams everywhere. There is a reinforcement panel in the crotch area for durability and comfort. The waist is elastic with a drawstring. The ankle cuffs have an adjustable velcro closure to keep them tight around your leg.
There are no pockets in the pants. These are meant to keep you dry and to be lightweight with as little bulk as possible.
Overall the attention to detail is good. All the seams look precise with no extra material or misalignments. Everything looks well made and up to the level you expect for the price.
I am a >200 lb almost 6 ft guy. I ordered size XXL following the guidance on the Craft website. These are a Swedish design meant to fit “Long and Lean” and are not made for American body shapes. The XXL is slightly large on me. I might have been okay with an XL. The XXL will have plenty of room for layering underneath it on colder days.
On the bike
I have tried out the pants on several rides now in a variety of conditions. On a colder freezing temperature day, I layer them with a base layer and fleece pants for extra warmth. This combination of shell, baselayer, and light fleece has worked well for winter mountain bike riding and skiing. These aren’t insulated so they work best with layers underneath on cold days.
On warmer days they work well with nothing underneath to block the wind and water. They work great for any temperature with light rain.
The pants are loose enough to fit well with layers and still have plenty of motion for riding. The material isn’t stretchy but it allows for freedom of motion.
They do a good job of keeping snow and cold water from puddles out. They have enough breathability that my underlayers don’t feel like they are soaking after long rides.
The drawstring waist works okay for keeping the pants up. I would prefer pants with a normal zipper closure and elastic waist which are a little more tight fitting and secure. Remember to tie the drawstring tight before you take off to keep them up.
Craft Cycling Jacket – MEN’S CORE SUBZ Summary
The Craft Core Endur Hydro Cycling Pants are an excellent piece of cycling gear. They work well for protecting you from wind and water on a cold weather ride. They are light and don’t restrict movement. If you are looking for cycling pants for colder weather or wet days, you should check them out.
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About the author
My name is Doug Ryan. I am an outdoors enthusiast always looking forward to my next adventure. I spend as much time skiing, biking, and paddleboarding as I can. I decided to start Endless Rush Outdoors as a way to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for all things outdoor adventures and to help other people have as much fun as me.