The Pro SL Shell Jacket II uses technologies that were developed specifically for Endura’s flagship Pro SL range and for the demands of professional cycling team Movistar. As such, this jacket is a robust weather beater designed to take on the worst weather, yet remain lightweight and packable, and suitable for use all year round.
It’s highly waterproof, windproof and breathable, as you’d hope from a jacket aimed at long days in the saddle regardless of weather, which is down to the three-layer ExoShell40 fabric with sealed seam construction.
The fabric is brilliantly waterproof and has an impressive breathability rating of 40,000g/m²/24hr. This meant I never had an issue with the jacket getting damp on the inside, no matter how hard I rode.
Endura combines the ExoShell40 material with stretchy waterproof fabric panels across the shoulders and sides for a good yet forgiving fit, which helped with freedom of movement as I moved on the bike.
It’s true to size with a racer’s cut and is cleverly panelled to optimise fit and function in the riding position. Being fitted meant I didn’t experience any noise or flapping from loose material.
The front is cut high with a long tail that provided full rear coverage. Inside, a silicone Endura logo helps to keep the tail in place and there are small stretchy side panels with elasticated bottoms to help achieve a good fit here, too.
There’s ample length in the sleeves and the Pro SL II uses half circumference elastic wrist cuffs. These are cut wide and not overly tight, so don’t fully seal. While this might sound like a potential problem, I never found it to be one on the road because they allow you to easily pull a longer cuffed glove over the top. And with a shorter cuffed glove it was easy to tuck underneath, so was never an issue.
The tall collar is also close fitting. and with the inside material being soft it remained comfortable whatever the conditions or time in the saddle. There’s also a neat additional extension panel on the rear, which uses a softer material and is ergonomically cut for the neck to help keep out drafts and wet weather, which worked well.
Up front there’s a reverse style waterproof zip with flaps front and rear that does a superb job of keeping the elements out. The zip pull is small, but a plastic tab helps to stop things getting too fiddly on the fly if you’re adjusting for temperature control.
Instead of pockets, Endura has added a vertical access zip so you can reach into your jersey. There’s also a side gel/nutrition pocket with laser-cut drain holes so it doesn’t fill up in a downpour.
I love the hi-viz blue colour but it’s also available in a more sedate kingfisher blue finish and traditional black. All have neat looking reflective details and logos front and rear to help keep you seen on the road.
You can tell Endura has done its homework on this jacket and researched what riders need when they spend plenty of time in the saddle regardless of the conditions. It’s a lightweight yet highly functional rain jacket that does a top job of keeping you dry inside and out, while offering all day comfort. And at this price it offers outstanding value.