RYAN’S WINTER WONDERLAND: WINTER SPORTSWEAR PRODUCT REVIEWS
With winter on the way it might be a good time to start thinking of digging out the rock-hard mud-infested rain jacket that you threw into the back of the shed when summer started, and give it a good hose off.
But wait, there are some really nice items out there to help keep you warm, dry, and riding right through to the next summer! So where to start? Well let’s go for jackets first. There are many different levels of warmth, protection, and rain resistance. A fine example of a do-it-all jacket is the Endura Stealth 2. A Eurobike award-winning fully waterproof, breathable softshell jacket. It has side and underarm access for ventilation. 5,000gms of breathability, and waterproof up to 10,000mm. Pretty good for the amount of rain we have!
Available in Black,red,green and blue. RRP £169.99
Now we have the Convert Softshell from Endura. Removable arms to convert it to a gilet makes this softshell a great option for those rides where it can turn from rain to sunshine. With the added benefits of having three rear pockets(one zipped) for storing the arms, and one for tubes and gels to keep you going strong.
Available in red,yellow,green and black. RRP £99.99
Finally we have the 2 waterproof jacket. This mid-weight jacket has some great features, including a fast wicking mesh liner to help keep you dry. A rear storage pocket and a zip chest pocket keep your things safe and dry. This would be a great option for going in your pannier or bag for that inevitable downpour on the way home from work.
Available in Ultra-marine, hi-vis yellow and black. RRP £59.99
Now to keep those legs warm and dry. First up we have the Endura SuperLite Over Trousers. They have 2.5 layers of waterproof and breathable fabric, and a durable stretch seat and yoke area. A pre-curved knee area keeps movement easy without being tight when riding. An extra long ankle zipper with velcro adjusters will help you achieve the desired fit. All this, whilst still being compact enough to pack down into its own rear pocket! 20,000mm of waterproofing power keeps you dry, whilst still being very Breathable (7,000gms).
Available in black. RRP £64.99
Next up we have the very nice Stealth-lite tights from Endura. The Stealth-lite has Ultrasonically (yes Utrasonically!) welded construction and light tricot (not the Japanese alternative rock band from Kyoto) providing improved stretch. Lazer cut and bonded ankle zippers with snapdown pullers keep the fit perfect. Waterproofness of 20,000mm and Breathability of 8,000gms keep you dry inside and out on even the most grim commutes.