Endura Fusion review£85.00

Unsurprisingly, the new jacket from the Scots at Endura is a seriously warm heavyweight. As well as a fleecey lining, the front has deep double back flaps and a draught flap behind the zip.

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Unsurprisingly, the new jacket from the Scots at Endura is a seriously warm heavyweight. As well as a fleecey lining, the front has deep double back flaps and a draught flap behind the zip.

An outer treatment stops the fabric 'wetting out' and drowning rather than breathing by 'beading' rain drops and rolling them straight off. Add a stiff 'tall as your ears' double thickness collar and this is an impressive weather beating jacket that stayed totally cosy whatever we dragged it out in. The long underarm zips are held almost shut by a mesh liner though, which reduces their effectiveness and leaves this a cold-weather-only option. Our normal medium sample was bigger than most large jackets, so pick a size down to avoid unpleasant draughts and fabric flap. Zipped chest and handwarmer pockets are cumbersome when loaded too, so you're relying on a backpack for cargo carrying. It's also the heaviest jacket here by a country mile. Endura also does the Air Defence (£70) and Windtex (£65) jackets which are less toasty, lighter weight alternatives at a great price (see www.endura.co.uk for more details) and we're also testing an impressive new prototype.

 

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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