endura xtract jacket first ride review

//Endura Xtract jacket
//£54.99

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Endura have long been a favourite of ours here at WO. Where others fail, Endura succeed in looking good, working well and not charging a fortune. Pretty ideal eh?

The Endura Xtract is packable waterproof jacket, designed to be stuffed in a back-pocket or bag and thrown on when the weather turns stink. So far it’s treated me well for off road adventures, soggy commutes to the office and as a day to day, pub, town, shops jacket. It’s really nice and light-weight and stuffs down to about the size of an apple to fit into the wee bag provided. The modest pack-down size and light weight means that  bringing it along “just in case” is no bother at all.

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The Xtract arrived in time for our World Cup road trip and I gave it a first ride up at Glentress where it suited the couldn’t-make-its-mind-up weather a treat. One minute it was raining and windy, the next blue skies and beating sun. I was able to whip the Xtract off quickly, scrunch it into my Camelbak and keep riding. Similarly, I called on  it for Fort William World Cup finals when stood in the finish arena watching the racers drop in. Constant pouring rain and then blinding sun meant I was constantly throwing the Xtract on and off, and stuffing it into the pocket of my jeans when I needed my hands free.

On the trail the Xtract has a definite “cycling jacket” vibe to it – there’s a high collar to keep your neck warm, a low tail to keep your bum dry and elasticated cuffs that allow you to push your sleeves up without them slipping down again. There’s a single, wee pocket to the rear for keys and beer money and the front zip runs the length of the jacket and is easy to use on the bike.  There’s also mesh vents on the back to keep air flowing as you’re rolling. The fit feels good, it’s lightweight, the 5000 waterproof rating keeps all but the worst of weather out and the 5000 breathability rating means it doesn’t get too boil-in-the-bag. There are no arm pit zips or front vents, but we’re hoping the breathability of the jacket will mean they aren’t necessary.

So far so good. If you like to take a jacket along on your rides but need one that won’t take up loads of space the Xtract could be right up your street. I can see it being great for enduro racers who want something to whip out and stay dry and warm between stages that they can easily get rid of when the pace hots up. Similarly, it’ll be a great all day ride jacket for chucking on when you’re eating your lunch on a windy Welsh hillside or being forced to watch your mates bottle their favourite jump “one more time”!

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We didn’t have an Irn Bru … and we lost the wee bag. So we used Red Bull and packed the Xtract into it’s own pocket.

Features

  • Lightweight waterproof/breathable ripstop fabric
  • Reflective trims on sleeves and rear centre back
  • Elasticated cuffs, neck and hem
  • Full length zip guard
  • Centre back mesh vents for optimal breathability
  • Concealed security pocket
  • Complete with stuff sack
  • Packs down smaller than a can of Irn Bru
  • WATERPROOFNESS: 5000
  • BREATHABILITY: 5000

Check out the Xtract on Endura’s homepage here.

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