We review this versatile bike jacket-come-gilet from Endura.
Endura Convert Softshell
endura’s new Scottish designed Convert softshell arrived just too late for our grouptest, but its versatile all-weather performance means we’ve used it loads since. Compared to most other softshells, the three-layer MIG Microfibre fabric of the Convert has a harder, more proofed-feeling outer and a less fleecey inner. This means it’s not as cosy straight away but it doesn’t cook you as soon as you turn the pace up. Once the sweat starts it wicks well and dries quickly afterwards. What really impresses though is how much rain/grimness it can shrug off before it starts to feel damp and heavy. As long as the pace stayed consistent we’ve been perfectly happy in it with a single base layer even on sub-zero night rides.
Thoughtful design also includes zips for the removeable sleeves that double as pit vents, short wicking sleeves on the gillet, a big front pocket, and zipped waterproof stash and mesh pockets on the back. It’s not as slim fit as some, but that’ll suit less slender athletes fine.
Very versatile, wearable year round jacket at a cracking price.
This review was originally published in Triathlon Plus magazine. Save time and money by having every issue delivered to your door or digital device by subscribing to the print edition or buying digitally through Zinio or Apple Newsstand.
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