Endura Convert Softshell  2012 Mountain Bike Review

Endura Convert Softshell 2012

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At a glance

We ask a lot from jackets in the winter. The weather never stays the same here and of course it’s never our fault if we forget to check the forecast before heading out on a ride. Thankfully then Endura have bought out the Convert Softshell, a versatile and high performing jacket fit for all seasons.

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The convert is made up from three layers of MIG microfibre fabric to give you a windproof, yet breathable trail jacket. There’s a zip up pocket on the chest with the all-important earphone port, as well as another zip up pocket on the rear of the jacket, along with three stash pockets.

Possibly the Convert’s biggest feature is the detachable sleeves which can be easily zipped off and packed away in your bag if you start to heat up.

On the trail

We loved the bold red colour of our jacket, especially on those gloomy days out in the woods, and while the fit is a little on the tight side, it’s still long enough in the arms and down your back. Elastic on the cuffs and around the waist also help to keep everything in place.

Whilst the stash pockets on the back of the Convert might not be the smartest place to store your valuables, they’re great for tucking your gloves in to keep them nice and warm if you need to take them off whilst out on the trail.

As well as allowing you to remove the sleeves, the zips around the armpit and shoulder blade also allow you to add a little more ventilation should it be needed. The Convert kept us nice and warm on all but the coldest days, and comes with a very reasonable £100 price tag considering this is a jacket you can ride in all year round.

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This review was in Issue 15 of IMB.

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