WorldTour-tested Scottish brand offer quality kit at sensible prices
In a market that seems flooded with top-end brands with clothing coming in at seriously high prices, there are still a few companies committed to providing quality kit at sensible prices.
Scottish outfit Endura are among these, not only making kit favoured by commuters everywhere, but also supplying the clothing for Movistar, a team you may remember topped the WorldTour rankings last year. And the year before. And the year before that. So it’s fair to say Endura’s kit isn't bad.
The top of Endura’s road line is called FS260 Pro. It uses all their smartest tech and, in the last little while, has started to include things Endura have developed through their work with Movistar. The jacket we have here is the FS260 Pro Jetstream III, a wind jacket designed for cool to mild days. It couples windproof panels on the torso and arms with Roubaix fleece lining on the inner back and rear side of the arms, making it an insulated, lightweight option.
It has a close cut, so it can work as an outer layer or mid layer, and the three standard rear pockets are complimented by the zipped pocket for valuables. If the bright green isn’t your thing – although you’ll struggle to do much better in high-vis terms –they also do blue, red, black and white, which is a pretty solid choice, so you should be able to find something that matches your current kit.
Endura don't just make kit loved by commuters everywhere, they're also Movistar's kit supplier. And if the number one team in the world want you, you're doing something right
A good companion to a jacket like this are the Thermolight Bib Knickers. Coming in a three-quarter length design, they offer a balance between insulation and warmth and cut off just below the knees - ideal for spring or autumn use if you prefer bib knickers over shorts and knee warmers.
They’re made from Thermolight material but also have a solid degree of water resistance, alongside a high bib section with front zip making for a fuller fit. They’re built around Endura’s 600-series pad; a variable thickness design with gel inserts and an anti-bacterial finish.
- Pricing: FS260 Pro Jetstream III Jacket – £79.99
Thermolite Bibknickers – £79.99
FS260 Pro Overshoes – £22.99
- Website: Endura
One of the great things about Endura is they have a seriously extensive range, proved by the fact the FS260 Pro Overshoes are just one of 12 variations on overshoes in their range. Twelve different types of foot protection, think about that. They take warm and dry feet seriously in Scotland.
Anyway, the FS260 overshoes have a high stretch PU waterproof main body, meaning not only should they keep your feet dry, they should be reasonably easy to get on - which is one of our main bones of contention with many overshoes on the market. They’re also sold as compact enough to fit in a jersey pocket, meaning they’re a good set of ‘just in case’ overshoes to take out when the weather isn’t looking all that promising.