Endura FS260-Pro Jetstream III jersey and Equipe Thermo Windshield Biblong review£207.98

Impressive cold-weather kit

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Like many decent bits of winter kit, this jersey and bibs from Endura take the view that staying warm is more important than staying absolutely dry.

FS260-Pro Jetstream III jersey

£67.99 / €84.99 / US$104.99

The front panels of Endura's cold weather top, on both the arms and torso, are a windproof fabric that does an effective job blocking the breeze. The high collar is made of the same stuff, as are the pockets for splash resistance, while the rest of the garment is a thin but fleecy Roubaix fabric that performs the dual duties of adding warmth and stretchiness for a good fit.

Like all Endura kit, sizing is on the large size, but it's cut well, with a premium feel that belies its remarkably low price.

The Jetstream behaves like a halfway house between a jersey and a jacket; it isn’t waterproof, but it is very warm, in spite of its comparatively minimal bulk.

Reflective piping around the cuffs and along the top of the pockets is a welcome addition, as is the side-opening zipped rear security pocket, well placed for safe stowage of your keys.

Equipe Thermo Windshield Biblong

£139.99 / €179.99

These bibs feature some waterproof panels that impede moisture absorption up to a point, but they certainly don't prevent it in a downpour. That said, these are very good, and very toasty tights; they're extremely well made, with well finished edges and neat seams, and the chamois is one of the nicest we've tried. Long, reflective ankle zips are practical, and if you're really pro, the rear radio pocket might come in handy.

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Endura's jersey and bibs have a reassuringly premium feel

One thing to be aware of is the sizing, which tends very much towards the huge; our small testers were roughly on par with a large from the likes of Castelli – petite grimpeurs need not apply.

Endura's tights aren't cheap, but the Scottish company understands winter. As long as you get the sizing right, you won't regret buying these.

  • Jersey: four stars
  • Bibs: four stars
  • Overall score: four stars

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Matthew Allen

Technical Writer, UK
Former bike mechanic, builder of wheels, hub fetishist and lover of shiny things. Also a really, really terrible racer who's been dropped more times than you've shaved your legs.
  • Age: 26
  • Height: 174cm / 5'8"
  • Weight: 55kg / 121lb
  • Waist: 71cm / 28in
  • Chest: 84cm / 33in
  • Discipline: Road, with occasional MTB dalliances
  • Preferred Terrain: Long mountain climbs followed by high-speed descents (that he doesn't get to do nearly often enough), plus scaring himself off-road when he outruns his skill set.
  • Current Bikes: Scott Addict R3 2014, Focus Cayo Disc 2015, Niner RLT 9
  • Dream Bike: Something hideously expensive and custom with external cables and a threaded bottom bracket because screw you bike industry.
  • Beer of Choice: Cider, please. Thistly Cross from Scotland
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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