Riding mountain bikes in the Pacific Northwest can be a very wet and dirty experience. After spending several years riding in the upper left corner of the U.S.A., Jeff Kendall-Weed has learned what it takes for riding apparel to be able to withstand a truly wet winter riding season. We set Jeff up with some wet weather MTB apparel from Endura to see if it was up to the challenge. Watch Jeff's review below and keep reading to see how well the Endura MTB apparel performed against nasty weather and rowdy riding.
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While we have “mild” winters here in the Pacific Northwest, the term “mild” is slightly misleading. In a “real” winter, stranded by endless snow and ice, mountain biking becomes simply a memory accompanied by a collection of scarred shins and collar bones; or perhaps the sport is simply some penciled dates on the calendar for a quick trip to Moab- a trip that will likely be cancelled and replaced by a few more days on the ski hill. You see, our “mild” winters give us the illusion that we can continue to enjoy the trails, which in turn means we often venture out in 37° rain, determined to enjoy our sport in the belly of the winter. After all, it’s a “mild” climate, so it shouldn’t be a problem right? Well I’ll admit that, in 37° rain, along with the PNW humidity, it can indeed end up being a challenge to enjoy riding, “mild” or not. After 5 winters up here, I’ve learned that good winter clothing is an absolute necessity, perhaps more so than soft, sticky tires or decent fenders.
// Jeff Kendall-Weed
My first impression of the Burner pant was “wow so racey!” Then I tried riding in them, and wow, I was pleasantly surprised! Without a doubt, these are the most comfortable pants I’d ridden in to date- very stretchy, very soft feeling, and the fit works very well for me with my pelvis protector. These pants are indeed water resistant, though it’s a DWR coating that shouldn’t be machine washed.
These styled jerseys dry quickly and have some silicon grippers on the shoulders to grab a hydration pack. They do have a small zippered pocket, but I do not trust the pocket for anything of value.
The SingleTrack II jacket is very much waterproof, and the hood is cut big enough to fit over a helmet. Has pit-zips. However, the jacket’s overall heft is a bit much for our long, steep, and sweaty climbs, so I don’t ride with this much. It would be a great jacket for somewhere with a lot of wind and exposure, as well as rain. Very loose fit in a medium.
The green jacket I bring on a lot of rides. This little guy is great, the fit is much more fitted than the SingleTrackII. I can easily pack this in a hip or back pack, and while the cut is nicely fitting, it’s still big enough to allow for plenty of mobility.
The LAST pants that I'll ever need. Holy cow, these things are awesome! With waterproofing nearly at a similar level as classic hard shell pants, these have MUCH better breathability. I use the thigh vents all the time, and I do use an additional belt through the belt loops. Recommended!
The green fleece I love! I find myself often climbing in the Spray Trouser and the fleece, at least, as long as it’s not too rainy. The Fleece breathes a lot better than an actual jacket, and still works even when wet.