Review: Endura Urban Collection Shell Jacket

Endura Urban Collection Shell Jacket Front

Over here on the east coast, it’s been a relatively warm fall. Until this season’s Hurricane Sandy, it’s been near impossible to garb long sleeved gear like the fresh Endura Urban Collection Shell jacket we received a little while back. Now, fortunately for gear heads, (and perhaps unfortunate for commuters), the weather’s here, and the transition to winter apparel is imminent.

Ever since Endura unveiled their Urban collection earlier this summer, it seemed a must-have for commuters that conform to any ranking of fashion. It’s a line of gear that’s promised to last through weather and endure the wear and tear of riding a bike around the city. All fabrics are black, which means the dirt from the road won’t show up easily. Regardless of the black material, there’s no danger of not being seen — Endura loaded the set with reflective materials so you’ll be hard to miss at night. The full collection includes a shell jacket (which we received in Large), a softshell jacket, a collared button down long sleeve jersey, pants, and leather gloves. Click ‘more’ for the full review…

Endura Urban Collection Shell Jacket Hood Napoleon Pocket Endura Urban Collection Shell Jacket Inside Waterproof Media Port

With the Urban Collection, Endura created a line of apparel to look good on and off the bike, hopefully dispelling the “geekiness” associated with neon commuter garments. But the lack of neon doesn’t make this jacket dangerous or less functional. It’s sewn with reflectors, one on the rear of each arm and two on the back of the jacket, so the rider is visible to cars. It’s seam sealed (shown above to the right) to keep out the rain. .

The overall fit of the jacket is skinny, and compared to a standard cycling shell, the rear is not as pronounced and the front is not as drawn up. This lends for a more upright riding position, though I found the jacket extended to all the right places even on longer road rides. It compacts to 2.5L, which means it’ll easily fit in a jersey pocket.

Endura Urban Collection Shell Jacket Details Arm

The rear scrunches and the wrists scrunch to keep out the wind and elements. There’s a napoleon pocket on the chest with a media port that’s been a happy haven for my iPhone. Also, inside the napoleon pocket is a lens wipe conveniently attached to a stretchy cord for wiping fog and rain off the glasses.

Endura Urban Collection Shell Jacket Reflective

Fabric is waterproof and lightweight with a subtle carbon pattern throughout. It’s sewn for a tight fit, yet just loose enough to fit over another small jacket. The hood has some adjustment options making it large enough to wrap around helmets, or snug on the head.

¬†They’re sold in small, medium, large, xl, and xxl. Retail is about $130. There’s an Urban summer collection, too, that includes shorts and a collared shirt. Check everything out over at Endura.

Comments

reverend dick - 11/01/12 - 9:32pm

I saw homeboy’s clenched fist and did not read your little write-up. Why is he threatening me?!?

Colin - 11/01/12 - 9:49pm

@reverend dick – I assure you, I’m not threatening you or any of the Bikerumor readers.

Tyrant - 11/01/12 - 10:15pm

Get him !

matt - 11/01/12 - 10:23pm

Look, its MLK blvd!

Chipollini - 11/02/12 - 3:54am

Scared of gingers? Lol…. They’re easily startled, but they’ll soon be back, and in greater numbers.

Your Face - 11/02/12 - 9:04am

Is that a campy seatpost? Yup, I am sure of it.

Mike - 11/02/12 - 10:50am

Any shots of the reflectivity at night? I wish there were not-black options for safety, but I love my other Endura stuff and if the shiny bits are big enough, it might be worth a purchase.

Editz - 11/02/12 - 2:01pm

You can really boost your night reflectivity by velcroing a wide strip of Reflexite SOLAS on your back.

JMdV - 11/04/12 - 7:18am

Not much of a review in this review, so I’ll put in my 2 cents…
I’ve had this jacket for 2 months now in L-Blue (it looks much better in real life than in the pictures).

First-off the cut: It’s quite slim and tailored almost, but I’m quite slim and tall so it works great for me. Might be really tight for anybody else, especially if you wear any layers underneath. Probably best to test it out in person.

Second: It’s fully windproof and quite rainproof. I live in Gothenburg, Sweden’s rainiest city and it survives a 4km trip to uni in downpours just fine. Beyond that, it seems to get a bit damp. The material itself is very thin, almost like candywrapper or something. So far it seems to be holding up perfectly fine. We’ll see in the long run whether this is a case of “Wow, a really light jacket that’s waterproof and sturdy AND packable” or just “oh, it was a cool light jacket while it lasted”. In any case, the quality of the workmanship on the jacket is very good and I *think* that it will last.

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