Endura Convert II jacket review£70.00

Great value waterproof

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Scottish trail tailors Endura always deliver when it comes to features for cost and the Convert II waterproof jacket, with removable sleeves, is no exception.

While most jackets of this type are water-resistant, this is a fully waterproof shell with fully sealed seams. Drawcords at the hem and neck combine with Velcro tightened sleeves to keep weather out well, and the front zip has a handy storm flap.

Breathability is boosted by a mesh panel across the upper back that avoids a double layer of waterproof fabric when the sleeves are zipped on but does soak up moisture in heavy downpours.

The fabric weight and lack of venting elsewhere makes this one for cooler weather conditions. The inner face feels rubbery and clammy against skin or thin base layers, which reduces the perceived level of protection.

It’s possible to whip the one-piece sleeves and yoke off the Convert in a hurry, which certainly adds versatility and value, but with six poppers, two zips and a couple of Velcro patches to juggle, refitting them is a considerably lengthier task.

The subdued colourways will be appreciated by nature lovers but plenty of reflective details plus a tab to attach a rear light still make this a reasonable bet for commuters. Hand-warmer pockets are useful off the bike.

The fit is on the boxy side – if you’re a bit of a beanpole then you’ll find yourself lost but for chunky monkeys the cut still gives plenty of room to layer up.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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