Endura equipe helios comp jersey and infiniti bibshort
Prices £ 79.99, £ 139.99 | $129.99, $229.99 > www.endura.co.uk
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.