Tested : Ben’s Endura Singletrack Durajak Review.

Scottish brand Endura are renowned for their kit that can take on the elements, so what would he make of the Endura Singletrack Durajak?

Will the Endura Singletrack Durajak be yet another feather in Endura’s cap? Ben tests the tough windproof jacket to see if it cuts the mustard.

Photos by Dave Price.

Key features:

  • Cordura construction
  • Windproof with DWR finish
  • Stuffs into rear pocket
  • Tiny pack size
  • £79.99 RRP
  • EnduraSport.com

Buy online at Chain Reaction Cycles for £75.99.

Packing down smaller than a can of Irn Bru (Endura are Scottish after all) the Durajak is a tough, minimalist trail jacket with a few tricks up its sleeves.

On first inspection you can’t help thinking that £79.99 is a load of money for so little jacket. I mean, this thing is tiny, and the material so thin. However it is a good lesson to measure a product on its performance, as the Endura Durajak really punches above its weight.

I have basically worn this jacket on every ride all winter. The only times it got left at home were the rides when it was pouring with rain or when the temperature hovered around freezing. In that time it has seen some abuse. It has been crashed, dragged through bushes, screwed up in my EVOC bum bag, covered in mud, jet washed, machine washed and generally abused.

Given how light the material is you might expect it to be dead by now, but this little jacket is still going strong. The Cordura fabric that you might normally find on tough, DH pants is remarkably durable, despite the weight of the jacket.

On the trails it is an effective windproof without boiling you into a sweaty mess. I always wore it with long sleeve jerseys as the material does tend to cling to bare arms, especially when it is wet. It offered some protection from trail spray and light rain, but after so much riding and repeated washes it is in need of re-proofing. To be fair, it is sold as a windproof and not a waterproof though. If you want to take it of then you can just screw it up and shove it on a bag or you can pack it into its own zipped rear pocket.

Fit is somewhere between racy and baggy and I found the size medium bang on for my 177cm, 81kg frame. It gave enough space for some layers without flapping around like a bin bag and the sleeves had enough length for dynamic riding positions.

The only thing I don’t like on the camo Endura jacket is the hood. I never really use a hood in the first place and in an effort to keep bulk low, there is no way to stow it. This means that it billows around behind you like an air brake. I ended up tucking the hood inside the jacket when I put it on.

What do we think?

In general this is a decent jacket that you will keep on using due to its light weight and performance. It is at the expensive end of the scale for a windproof but it should last you several seasons.

We Love

  • Tiny pack size
  • Camo… Where did Ben go?
  • Tough

Could do Better

  • Ditch the hood

You can check out the Endura Singletrack Durajak and the rest of Endura’s kit on their website here.

Read all reviews on test product on our Gear page here.

Buy online at Chain Reaction Cycles for £75.99.