En­dura FS260-PRO SL Shell £164.99

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En­dura claims that the FS260-PRO SL Shell’s breatha­bil­ity and wa­ter­proof­ing comes about be­cause of the Ex­oshell 40 tech­nol­ogy, a mem­brane that is 50 per cent thin­ner than other wa­ter­proof mem­branes.

We took the jacket to the west coast of Scot­land — the wettest place in the UK — per­fect for putting the FS260 through its paces. It was in­deed the ideal prov­ing ground: long rides in the tor­ren­tial Scot­tish rain dur­ing which the jacket per­formed spec­tac­u­larly well.

The jacket sheds wa­ter, mak­ing it run off in beads. Over the course of a 110km ride, all in the rain, the jacket never once gave in and let us get wet.

It’s also very wind­proof, hold­ing off strong gusts and gales. The storm flap over the zip and the high neck added ex­tra pro­tec­tion against any wind and rain.

En­dura has tried hard to fa­cil­i­tate pack­a­bil­ity and in­cludes an elas­ti­cated band on the neck to keep it folded in place.

In re­al­ity, the jacket does sit in a pocket, but it isn’t as pack­able as En­dura sug­gests. That said, we would take the sac­ri­fice con­sid­er­ing how tech­ni­cally su­perb the jacket is. Great wet-weather jack­ets tra­di­tion­ally do not pack down to noth­ing so it’s im­pres­sive En­dura has achieved what it has with the SL Pro.

As for breatha­bil­ity, En­dura says the thin­ner mem­brane lets the worst of the heat out, and the rest ex­its via one large vent on the side. On long rides we were able to keep the jacket on, open the vent and not over­heat with three lay­ers on un­der­neath.

We did find that the sleeves pulled up our wrists a lit­tle too much, so would like to have seen a lit­tle more length here.

How­ever, the En­dura FS260PRO SL is ex­cep­tion­ally wa­ter­proof, im­pres­sively wind­proof and highly breath­able.

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