When it comes to riding in cold & wet conditions, it’s safe to assume that Scottish brand Endura has got you covered. With a product line developed and tested in the Scottish Highlands, the crew at Endura know a thing or two about riding in crap conditions. While they produce a full range of gear for MTB, road and commuting for all seasons, it’s their winter range that we’ve been rugged up in over the past couple of months. Here we take a look at a few of the key garments that Endura created to leave you with little excuse when the weather turns south.

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“Endura have combined the latest externally seam-sealed waterproof breathable soft-shell fabric with stretch Entrant fabric front collar underarms and side panels create a superbly well fitted garment; Ultrasonically welded seams offer ultimate comfort by creating a smooth internal surface; Flexible ventilation is provided via side and underarm zip vents (accessible even when wearing a back-pack); Waterproof wrist zips ensure a snug-fit and facilitate closure over gloves; Waterproof zipped rear pocket and welded chest pocket with iPod port; Reflective on chest back shoulders and sleeves.” – Endura

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Endura Stealth Jacket Specs:

  • Designed for cold & wet weather riding
  • Waterproof Softshell Jacket
  • Snug-fitting and packed with zipped pockets & ventilation
  • Waterproof rating: 10,000mm
  • Breathability rating: 5,000gms
  • Weight: 550 grams
  • Sizes: Small (Tested), Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large
  • Colours: Black, Blue, Red (Tested)
  • RRP: $399.95

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The Stealth softshell jacket has a distinctive style to it due to the use of external seam taping. Rather than tape from the inside, Endura have applied ‘Ultrasonically Welded’ tape to the outside seam lines in order to keep the jacket weathertight.

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Waterproof zippers feature throughout, which are pretty stiff in application to begin with. The full-length front zip utilises a storm shield behind it to provide something of a fortress against cold wind and rain from making its way through to your chest. Note the fleece lining on the inside of the jacket that acts as an insulating inner layer for the jacket.

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The Stealth jacket is incredibly waterproof with a 10,000mm rating. Big deal right – there are heaps of waterproof jackets on the market. Often what separates them is how breathable they are, and for the mountain bikers out there, you’ll know there’s nothing worse than a hot and sweaty jacket that ends up seeing you cook during high-intensity, stop/start technical riding.

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The membrane fabric itself on the Stealth jacket is breathable but its the zipped vents that really make the difference. On each side of the jacket there’s a vent underneath the arm pit, and a long opening that runs down each side of your chest.
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Adjustable zipped wrist closures allow for a tapered fit over the top of gloves while keeping the water out.

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Two waterproof zipped pockets feature on the rear of the jacket, along with a red tab for mounting a flashing light. Reflective detailing features on the back, shoulders and arms.

The Stealth Jacket is a pretty serious piece of work, and brings high-end outdoors jacket technology into the cycling world with it’s snug fit, dropped tail and adjustable ventilation. Checkout our full review of the Stealth Jacket in the upcoming issue #25 of Enduro Magazine.

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“Fully seam-sealed; breathable; waterproof 3-layer durable ripstop fabric; Extended length ankle zips; Waterproof stretch knee and lower back panels; Twin waterproof zip pocket and twin waterproof zip access pockets to clothing underneath; stud and zip fly; Durable crotch and inner ankle panels and ankle gusset” – Endura

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Endura Tech-Pant Overtrousers Specs:

  • Waterproof Riding Pants
  • Designed to fit over the top of regular pants or thermals
  • Ripstop Nylon construction with reinforced crotch and ankles
  • Waterproof rating: 10,000mm
  • Breathability rating: 10,000gms
  • Sizes: Small (Tested), Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large
  • Colours: Black
  • RRP: $199.95

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The Techpant overtrousers are designed to do exactly that – fit over the top of your existing riding pants or thermals. They utilise a roomy and articulated knee that minimises bunching up during pedalling.

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The Tech-Pants are constructed from a durable Ripstop Nylon fabric, so they’re ready for the rumble and tumble of mountain biking. Both the crotch and inside of each ankle are reinforced, so they’re built to withstand greasy encounters with sharp chainrings and such.

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The bottom of each pant leg features an adjustable Velcro cuff in order to reduce them from flapping around in the breeze.

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Long zippers at the base of each leg create a huge opening point, which makes for easy donning and removal over the top of pants and shoes.

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True to their name, the Tech-Pants are built from a 3-layer waterproof membrane fabric and feature fully taped seams throughout. With a 10,000mm waterproof rating, they’re designed to keep you dry even in the heaviest of downpours.

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Pockets use waterproof zippers, with the rear zipper opening up directly to the inside of the pant, which means you can access any inner pockets on your regular riding pants underneath. These rear zips also act like vents if you need to introduce some cool air during the ride.

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“Ultra compact 2.5-layer waterproof breathable fabric with an athletic fit, stretch panels on hems and armholes. Asymmetric front zipper, waterproof stretch chin guard, rear zipped security pocket, softshell hem and cuff panels for athletic fit without need for drawcords or adjustors. Slimline inner storm flap with wrapover zip guard, reflective film strips on front/back neck and dots on cuff.” – Endura

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Endura Helium Jacket Specs:

  • Lightweight, packable waterproof Jacket
  • Reflective detailing on back, shoulders and arms
  • Waterproof rating: 15,000mm
  • Breathability rating: 15,000gms
  • Weight: 230 grams
  • Sizes: Small (Tested), Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large
  • Colours: Black, Red (Tested), Yellow, White
  • RRP: $225

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Like a lot of the Endura gear, the Helium jacket makes for a versatile garment that will satisfy many needs across mountain biking, commuting and road cycling. Subtle reflective detailing features throughout to increase visibility on busy city streets and on the 24-hour race course.

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The Helium is a superlight outer shell that is designed to protect you from windy and wet conditions. A storm flap sits discreetly behind the main full-length zipper to shield you from incoming gusts.

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When Endura say the Helium is packable, they mean it. This makes it a great garment for leaving in the bottom of your gear bag to be able to whip out when the need arises. It’s light and small enough to fit into a large jersey pocket too, so if the sun decides to shine and you’re heating up, it’s not a big deal to take it off mid-ride.

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Helping to avoid that situation for as long as possible is the integrated ventilation on the rear of the jacket. No heavy or uncomfortable zippers, just a discreet mesh liner.

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There’s also a waterproof zipped pocket on the back of the jacket, for stowing away gear that you might need to get access to quickly.

All up, the Helium Jacket is as lightweight as its namesake. It claims some pretty big numbers for waterproofness and breathability, and we’re looking forward to testing it out more thoroughly during the spring wet season to see how it fares during varied conditions. As a minimalist outer shell, it appears to have everything you need to keep you dry, and nothing more.

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“A durable performance short with waterproof panels to the rear and crotch. Ideal for wet terrain splashback protection. Thigh vents give extra breathability and reflective logos provide visibility in dull conditions. Zipped pockets provide security for valuables. The MT500’s are the perfect middle-ground between a regular baggy short and a full-blown waterproof” – Endura

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Endura MT500 3/4 Spray Baggies

  • Mid-weight riding shorts
  • Waterproof rear and stretch Cordura front
  • Tapered fit with adjustable leg openings
  • Integrated zipped ventilation
  • Sizes: Small (Tested), Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large
  • Colours: Black
  • RRP: $155

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The MT500 name is utilised across a wide range of Endura products, and was the original name for the very first baggy model they created back in the 90’s. It basically stands for any of the core Endura mountain bike product.

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Endura make the most of the durability characteristics of the Cordura material on the MT500 shorts, but with a 4-way stretch that allows a more snug fit, while working with your knees whilst pedalling.

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Showing their Scottish heritage, the MT500 Spray Baggies utilise a large vertical zipped vent on the outside of each thigh to introduce cool air when the temperature fluctuates.

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Tapered leg closures are adjustable via Velcro straps in order to reduce flappage and the chance of cold air and water making it’s way up your legs.

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The whole rear of the short utilises a 3-layer waterproof fabric, which is where the term ‘Spray baggy’ comes from. For riding through wet and muddy conditions when it’s not necessarily raining, the short protects you from muddy spray coming off the rear wheel. The crotch features reinforcement, not only for increased waterproofness where it meets the saddle, but also for increased wear resistance.

The MT500 3/4 Spray Baggies certainly offer up a unique design, so we’ll be keen to put it through the test in a mix of cold, wet, muddy and dry conditions to see how it copes with our weather Down Under. Keep an eye out for a full review.

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“Short cuff padded full finger glove. Windproof and water resistant back hand fabric, stitched in gel zones with silicon over laid gripper prints, palm with warm touch inner lining, reflective back hand print, lycra wrist insert for fast pull-on access and Terry sweat wipes” – Endura

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Endura Windchill Gloves

  • Full finger, cold weather gloves
  • Windproof backing membrane
  • Sizes: Small, Medium (Tested), Large, X-Large, XX-Large
  • Colours: Blue, Red (Tested), Black
  • RRP: $59.95

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As it’s name accurately suggests, the Windchill glove is designed to keep your digits warm during the colder months of the year and shield them from the elements. They’re not a full waterproof glove, instead relying on a wind-breaker fabric through the lining of the outside of the glove to stop icy gusts making their way inside. They have a mid-weight thickness, and as such they still provide good feeling on the grips and controls without feeling too bulky.

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Details include a Terry sweat patch on the back of each thumb, silicone detailing for the fore and middle-fingers and gel inserts on the palm to increase comfort. Overall they’re a well-made pair of gloves that straddle the balancing act between being warm and protective, whilst still useful for riding – no gardening gloves here.

We’ll be bringing you our full impressions from using and abusing the Endura gear over this winter in our upcoming issue of Enduro Magazine. If you’d like more information on the range, head to the Endura website, or get in touch with Australian importer; Identity Cycles through the details below. Identity Cycles distributes Endura Clothing, amongst other brands, to bike shops all around the country, as well as selling direct-to-public online and in store.

Identity Cycle
Address: 112 St Kilda Road, St Kilda, Melbourne, 3182
Website: www.identitycycle.com.au
Email: info@identitycycle.com or brad@identitycycle.com
Phone: (03) 9534 3332