Endura Riding Kits (Part One)
From Scotland to America with nothing lost in the translation
Endura Sport was founded in Scotland in 1992 and quickly gained a foothold in the competitive world of cycling apparel because of the quality, durability and cool little touches evident in its garments. With the establishment of an American outpost in Indianapolis, Indiana, American riders will now have better access to the company’s offerings. We got to live in a mix of their mountain biking apparel that we have broken into two kits, although anything on these two pages could be mixed and matched.
Tech Features: The $74.99 Hummvee Lite Jersey is a very sheer, 100-percent nylon jersey that has strategically placed mesh panels. The front zipper is 11-inches long. There are three rear pockets and an extra zippered pocket (for a phone). There’s also a microfiber wipe for cleaning glasses tucked inside a side panel.
The $94.99 Singletrack Lite Shorts are made from a four-way stretch, lightweight, 85-percent nylon/15-percent elastane fabric. They feature an enforced seat panel, side waistband adjustment, zippered front fly, zipped thigh vents, two zipped hand pockets and a zipped rear media pocket. The shorts have inner snaps that work with Endura’s Clickfast chamois system.
The final layer was the $59.95 Laser Gilet (French for vest). The 100-percent nylon Laser Gilet has a shower-resistant fabric front, mesh back and reflective piping and shoulder prints front and back. It has a full zippered front.
Field Test Results: We were impressed with the entire kit. Each item has a quality feel that you expect will last years. You have to question the use of vented panels on the jersey, because every panel is so light and comfortable. The long zipper is a nice touch for hot weather, and Endura even sews on a small pocket so when the jersey is zipped up all the way, there is material between your chin and the zipper. This is a little touch that adds to your comfort and, yes, style.
The shorts are cut long but again feel light–way lighter than you would expect. The Clickfast system, a series of nine snaps, keeps the optional chamois (inner short) in place, but the shorts can be worn with other inner shorts without discomfort. Our only feedback is that an American “large” rider may be bigger than a Scottish large. We would have liked a bit more room (rather than having to admit we needed an X-large). Hey, it’s the American way.
Finally, the Laser Gilet is a must-have in any trail rider’s arsenal. This is a real lifesaver should the weather turn cold or if you need to battle the early morning coolness before you are warmed up. We really liked the high collar that helped keep body warmth in and the pull cord at the bottom to seal it up. This vest should be an essential component of your mountain biking outfit.
Endura Riding Kits (Part Two)
Slightly different feel, same great performance
Like we said in part one, any of these items could be interchanged, and we are not saying our combinations here are the best. We found ourselves mixing and matching the entire test period.
Tech Features: The $69.99 Hummvee Ray Jersey is 100-percent nylon Airtex fabric, has a full sublimation print, triple rear pockets with an additional zippered security pocket, a long center front zipper and lightweight silicone gripper on the side hems.
The $89.99 Hummvee Lite Shorts are a lightweight multipurpose baggy short with Clickfast liner. They offer 4-way stretch nylon with a Clickfast detachable liner, mesh rear sections, side cargo zipped flap pockets and a seamfree inseam panel in Cordura.
The $159.99 Convert Softshell jacket features a Mig 3-Layer microfiber fabric with windproof/breathable membrane, Xtract stretch wicking fabric gilet sleeves, zip-off detachable sleeves, zippered chest pocket with media port and triple rear stash pockets.
All of the garments come in popular sizes and some items come in a number of colors.
Field Test Results: TheHummvee Ray Jersey is intended for cooler temps and feels and hangs like a garment you would expect to have in your jersey collection for years. As with all the Endura products, there is a real quality feel to the jersey.
The Hummvee Lite Shorts come with Endura’s inner short, and that’s why they pick up a star. The Clickfast system is just as secure as a short designed with a sewn-in inner short, but you can remove it. It stays in place, and the snaps never rubbed or caused discomfort. The shorts are light, and the breathable panel adds to their hot-weather comfort (maybe we should have paired them with the Hummvee Lite Jersey?).
The Convert Softshell name is a bit misleading, because this is a lot more than a “shell.” This is a full-blown jacket that, after unzipping the sleeves, can serve as a vest (or gilet, the French terms the Scotts use). It is substantial enough for riding in temperatures in the high 30s or 40s (with proper layering) and would be great for bad-weather riding. The cut of the jacket works perfectly once you are in the riding position. The long back sits low, and the sleeves do not pull up when you are in the attack position. If you ride in cold, nasty weather, give the Convert another star. Others will find the Laser vest more convenient.