The Altura Endurance Long Sleeve Jersey is described as “the perfect solution for those milder days when you want to leave your jacket at home but need more than a jersey and cuffs”. I quite agree with this, although the DWR component is not complete with the fabric getting wet quickly when light showers turn to rain.
The jersey is made from a blend of 82% polyester and 18% spandex and looks like other winter jerseys I’ve tested over the years: soft and supple, without the stiffness one might expect. expect a windproof and waterproof garment. -repellent components.
That said, the latter only covers the chest and arms, and without a weather vest, the fabric quickly absorbs heavier rains. It’s certainly welcome on drizzle days, and maybe I expected too much, but its limitations quickly became apparent when I got caught in an apocalyptic downpour; within 20 minutes things were soggy, and by the time I came back an hour later the jersey was really soggy.
Breathability is good, however. I usually run along the tracks before dawn, and to my surprise, even at 15 ° C and a constant speed of 18-20mph, I never felt ‘boiled in the bag’ or even needed to. ” lower the front zipper.
At the other extreme, in simple numbers (7C and below some mornings), the fabric retains a welcome warmth where midweight cuffs and jerseys wouldn’t. Add blustery and autumnal winds to the mix and Endurance wins hands down.
Paired with mittens and thin full-fingered gloves, the cuffs – described as “shaped” and essentially an elasticated cone – provide a gentle overlap, closing the door to chilly downpours and incoming gusts.
The overall fit of the jersey gives room to move but without irritating float when tackling exposed descents and the like. Altura describes it as semi-fitted, and I agree: roomy enough for a winter base layer and flattering for those areas some of which might be awkward.
The Altura kit has always been slightly generous I have found, but the midrange is my fault and the midrange tested was perfect for me, with enough room around the shoulders and enough arm length without being too long in the body. .
Around the back we have the four increasingly standard pockets: three open and a fourth zipped for valuables and so on. I say standard but, given the jersey brief, Altura gave them an awning designed to keep water from seeping in, without obstructing access, although there is a slight knack for gripping. stuff if you’re wearing full gloves – a matter of stretching the pocket slightly as you dive in.
The fourth pocket zipper tag is also sensibly proportioned, as is the main zipper tag, which is not always the case.
The pockets are roomy enough for those like me who like to put stuff in them – 6-inch smartphones, compact long-zoom cameras, tubes and snacks are easily swallowed without any fear of being ejected. They even held 600-650ml bottles with no problem as I explored unpaved roads and greenways.
Other features to note are the flat seams, a silicone hem that prevents gradual creep and a comfortable collar that is described as fleece lined, and looks a lot like the fine pile interior fabric, but closer to corduroy in texture. , in my opinion.
Color wise, there is a choice of red and “carbon” on the test, which is a rather attractive charcoal gray. Bold retro-reflective logos and details enhance the back and other stitches, so while it hides dirty handprints after roadside mechanics, it’s not too stealthy.
It’s the start, but there are no signs of wobbling or similar wear despite regular exposure to the overhanging branches and the usual daily recklessness.
Considering its DWR coating, I’ve been more disciplined than usual when it comes to machine washing – 30 degrees, no machine dry and no fabric softener.
Value and conclusion
While £ 80 isn’t cheap, they still compare favorably to others for this type of specification. Midweight jerseys are quite plentiful but tend not to have a DWR coating.
Some we’ve looked at are way over the £ 100 mark, like Stolen Goat, Le Col and Castelli in his Perfetto jacket or jersey.
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Another option would be to go for a softshell jacket, some of which look a lot like jersey, although they also tend to be more expensive than the Altura – Lusso’s Aqua Repel V2 jacket, for example, costs £ 134. , but you get great weather protection.
Or, if you’re happy with a short sleeve jersey and cuffs, another great value option is the Galibier’s Sentinel at £ 66.25.
> Buyer’s Guide: 19 of the Best Winter Cycling Jerseys
Ultimately, if you’re looking for a mid-weight, cooler-weather long sleeve jersey with some degree of rain resistance, the Altura Endurance Long Sleeve Jersey is well worth a closer look. It’s not the most effective in heavier rain, but the breathability is good, as is the fit, and you aren’t paying too much.
Decent cool weather jersey, good for rainy days, don’t expect too much from the DWR component …
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Brand and model : Men’s long sleeve jersey Altura Endurance
Tell us what the product is for
Altura says: “Ideal for long, softer days where you can leave your jacket at home with a warm Polartec® fleece lined collar and DWR coating.
The Endurance Long Sleeve Jersey is the perfect solution for those milder days when you want to leave your jacket at home but need more than a jersey and cuffs. A thermally brushed jersey fabric in the back and a Polartec® fleece-lined collar provide warmth while the windproof and windproof panels coated with DWR provide waterproof protection from the elements. Reflective details help you stay visible in low light conditions and the three storage pockets and secure zip pocket also provide plenty of storage. This highly versatile jersey can be layered depending on the conditions to keep you comfortable all day on the bike. “
My feeling is this is a decent jersey that pretty much does what it says in the blurb, but the DWR fabric is less effective than expected.
Tell us a little more about the technical aspects of the product?
– Thermal brush back fabric
– Windproof chest and arm panels with DWR coating
– Polartec® fleece lined collar
– Three hidden pockets and one secure zipped pocket
– Shaped cuff
– Branded silicone clamp
– Reflective details
Rate the product for build quality:
The fabric is pleasant on the skin and the jersey is well made.
Rate the product for its performance:
A good all-rounder. However, I can’t help but think that the Durable Water Repellent (DWR) component is overused.
Rate the product for its durability:
Looks well done and washes well. (I stuck faithfully to machine washes at 30 degrees.)
Evaluate the product for fit:
The semi-fitted cut is perfect for layering on cooler days, without feeling loose or highlighting areas we might be a little sensitive to.
Evaluate the product for sizing:
Medium was perfect for me: ample enough around the shoulders, long enough in the arms without being too long in the body.
Evaluate the product by weight:
Decent overall weight for off-season riding and should withstand the usual ups and downs of everyday driving.
Rate the product for its comfort:
Comfortable fabric that’s generally good at regulating your body heat, even when temperatures hit the mid-teens.
Evaluate the product for its value:
At £ 80, it’s not cheap, although it’s still favorable for this type of spec over others.
Is the product easy to maintain? How did he react to washing?
Very simple, although I stuck to 30 degree machine cycles faithfully and carefully suspended it.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its intended purpose
Overall, the Altura Endurance is a cooler weather capable jersey with a few nice touches. The fabric feels good on the skin and the right weight for cooler days, without leaving me too warm on milder days. Three deep pockets provide excellent supportive storage and the cheat fit on windy days while allowing for thicker base layers if needed. DWR coating is useful to some extent, but only in drizzle conditions; sudden downpour and it quickly absorbs moisture.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Good fit, nice pockets and a subtle style.
Tell us what you didn’t particularly like about the product
Nothing really, although I felt the DWR component was below the hype.
How does the price compare to similar products on the market, including those recently tested on road.cc?
Midweight jerseys are quite plentiful but tend not to have a water repellent coating – the ones that do, which we tested, tend to go way over the £ 100 mark …
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider purchasing the product? May be
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, as long as they were willing to accept the limitations of the DWR component.
Use this box to explain your overall score
This is a good option if you are looking for a medium weight long sleeve jersey for cooler weather first and then a degree of rain resistance.
I usually drive: Rough Stuff Tourer Based on a Univega 4130 MTB frame My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including the Cross and Traditional Road
I have been driving since: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would classify myself as: Experimented
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed / single speed, mountain bike,