En­dura equipe he­lios comp jersey and in­finiti bib­short

Prices £ 79.99, £ 139.99 | $129.99, $229.99 > www.en­dura.co.uk

Procycling - - Road Tested - Jamie Wilkins

THI S IS A brand with big am­bi­tions. Now the cloth­ing spon­sor of Mo­vis­tar, the world’s num­ber one team, En­dura is push­ing up­mar­ket by ex­pand­ing its range into pre­vi­ously un­charted price ter­ri­tory to take on the likes of Castelli. The Equipe col­lec­tion draws on what En­dura have learned from sup­ply­ing other pro teams for the last few years – first their epony­mous Con­ti­nen­tal squad and then NetApp-En­dura – and it’s just stage one. Next year’s sum­mer col­lec­tion will in­clude a range de­rived from the even more ad­vanced gear de­signed es­pe­cially for Mo­vis­tar.

The He­lios Comp jersey and In­finiti bib­short are made for peak sum­mer. The jersey isn’t as ex­treme as the Louis Garneau piece on the op­po­site page but the soft fab­ric wicks mois­ture rapidly and it’s ar­guably far more suited to Bri­tish sum­mer weather; you won’t need to reach for a gilet if the tem­per­a­ture drops be­low 20ºC. When the mer­cury soars, the coldblack fab­ric com­bats over­heat­ing ef­fec­tively. The jersey has a race fit but the siz­ing is big; this medium jersey is big­ger than a large from most Ital­ian brands and it’s oddly long, too.

As well as the usual three pock­ets, you also get a zipped key pocket and a fifth (the black one) which is in­tended for empty food wrap­pers.

Be­hind its plain looks the short has En­dura’s best of ev­ery­thing. The pad is a bit bulky when walk­ing but it’s very com­fort­able and the Con­tin­u­ously Vari­able Pro­file gives con­sis­tent support as you move around, whereas sep­a­rate pads aren’t al­ways where you need them. The leg grip­pers are ef­fec­tive, though quite tight.

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