ENDURA PRO SL SHELL THERMAL WINDPROOF JACKET AND BIBLONG
WHAT THEY SAY: High-stretch, windproof fabric with thermal lining on front and sleeves, with stretch thermal rear panels. The bibtights meanwhile are described as definitive windproof legwear offering multipad precision.
WHAT WE SAY: Endura’s based in Livingston, just west of Edinburgh. Freezing temperatures aren’t unknown in this part of Scotland in winter, with rain exceeding 15 days a month for 8 months of the year. Safe to say, then, that Endura’s designers know a fair bit about rubbish weather and that’s certainly reflected in these excellent garments. First up that jacket. Made from a mix of technical material, it’s incredibly light and breathable. Its insulating properties mean that at temperatures as low 3°C you should be able to get away with just a base layer beneath. Wind and waterproofing are also impressive, with a host of design licks – including an additional strip at the back of that high collar, a storm flap behind the zip, sealed seams and close-fitting cuffs – to keep the weather out. It also features four rear pockets including one zipped. Available in navy, red, green or black in sizes S-XXL. The bibtights proved similarly impressive – waterproof, windproof, and thermal in all the right places. They’re comfy, too, with a range of chamois size options (S-XXL) and a 90-day ‘comfort’ guarantee to ensure you get the right fit. We also like the little zip at the front that prevents taking a comfort break mid-ride from turning into an ordeal.