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Ride2Raise Exo Softshell jacket Review

"The philosophy behind Endura Equipe is to offer a range of high end products aimed at cyclists looking to take on ambitious and tough cycling challenges - and their top of the range Exo Softshell waterproof jacket is, very simply, the best jacket we’ve ever tried.

Firstly, it looks fabulous, whether in black, red or lime. The fit is snug and tight like a performance jersey and crucially this stops it billowing and flapping in the wind like some jackets do. Breathability is excellent too with slits on either side and it felt light and comfortable on and off the bike.

Try as we might we couldn’t find a wet day to test this jacket. So instead we had to resort to the hose test as illustrated in the pictures. As you’d expect from a jacket in this price range (RRP £199) Endura have made this incredibly resistant to the elements. Features include welded seams, waterproof zips, waterproof rear pocket and a stretch double cuff. And in our test, despite an enthusiastic dowsing, not one drop of water penetrated through. We were very impressed.

The jacket has a wide selection of rear pockets in a waterproof compartment. Everything stayed dry but it was sometimes difficult to find exactly what we wanted while on the bike. However, I’m sure this issue will be eliminated as we get used to the pocket design and layout.

Overall the Endura Exo Softshell is an awesome piece of kit. And that it can double up as both a jersey and a waterproof makes it particularly useful when trying to decide what to wear on those days when you’re not sure what the weather’s going to do. Just pick the Exo Softshell and you’ll be covered."

14/02/2011

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