Endura Stealth Jacket  2012 Mountain Bike Review

Endura Stealth Jacket 2012

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At A Glance

The Stealth from Endura has been in their range for some time, but it continues to sit at the top of the pile in terms of technical features and performance. It’s a softshell jacket, but don’t let that put you off if you are looking for ultimate waterproofing. All the seams are externally ultrasonically welded and there isn’t a chance that any water ingress will take place on any of the seams. All the zips are waterproof too. The fabric is soft to the touch and fully breathable, there are reflective areas on the chest, back, shoulders and sleeves.

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On the Trail

The beauty of the Stealth is in the subtle amount of stretch the material has, there is enough give for you to never really notice you are wearing it. The cut is generous in all the right places; the arms are plenty long enough to keep you covered even when in the riding position. The fleece-backed material also offers an element of warmth to the jacket, which is very welcome when the temperature drops. Climate control is made easy with the huge front and under arm vents; these have been cleverly designed to be used whilst still wearing your riding pack. We loved the waterproof MP3 player pocket, perfect for taking some tunes with you on those solo rides.

In the hardest of rainstorms the water was repelled in a fashion that is normally reserved for ducks. And as expected there were no leaks whatsoever. Unlike some breathable jackets we actually found the Stealth to work really well, yes of course there was some moisture build up on hard rides, but by regulating the venting zips we kept dry on the inside too.

At £169 the Stealth is leaning towards the top end of the market, but it handles itself up there really well. We loved it and you’ll be seeing us wearing it out on the trails all winter.

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This review was in Issue 15 of IMB.

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