Just do a quick search on here – plenty of history on it. I’ve had various issues with them in the past – the kit’s fundamentally very good, but often really flawed.
In spite of this, I seem to have an awful lot of their clobber – overshoes, baa baa socks, leggings, shorts, merino base layers, headbands, gloves…
Overshoes: warm, dry, fall apart afer a winter, so it’s £25 / winter for them
Socks: seem fine so far…
Leggings: comfy, warm, great reflective bits, but the narrowest ankles (and corresponding zips) you’ve ever seen. They wouldn’t look out of place on a kid!
Shorts – Singletrack ones were amazing, ’til the belt / fastener broke, replaced under warranty (except the sizing changed, so they went back for a refund eventually). Current Zymes are great too – except the popper doesn’t stay done up (no funny comments please) it’s just not strong enough.
Merino base layers – spot on, my absolute favourite – good simple clothing that just works
Headband – comfy, except it’s so noisy under a helmet that it’s probably not that safe if you’re not careful. The noise of the outer fabric rubbing against the helmet drowns out anything else you can hear…
Gloves – warm, dry, but flawed by the insides moving separately to the outers, the velcro tab being almost unusable when you’ve got gloves on (ie, always) and the pads are in the wrong place.
Such a shame, as it’s so nearly there…Posted 7 years agomosschopsMember
mixed from me – had some 3/4 ad full bibs from 4 years ago Apart from the logos cracking and looking shoddy, they still work
Have invested in a Stealth jacket this winter – anyone had any issues with theirs? Was hoping it would last a few seasons!
Have got some new waterproof gloves – Strike, will be getting a test tomorrow!
funnily enough my baa baa is a bit itchy prefer my icebreaker merino
Happy to receive recommendations of better brands…
MCPosted 7 years agoandy7t2Member
had loads of endura stuff waterproof gloves jackets single track trousers huvee 3/4 shorts tops and never had a problem with any of their stuff. Jacket and gloves in their 3rd season and still going strong, shorts have lasted 3 seasons riding every week and the trousers are over a year old and still in good nickPosted 7 years agojimithenomadMember
had a pair of therma-stat bib longs for years and despite a growing waistline they are stiil holding out ok and are exceptionally warm on those really cold days. They dont make these anymore though so the newer stuff might be hit and miss , but the other stuff i have , humvee shorts, singletrack trousers, and a few clickfast liners are all still good too, so more hit than miss for me.Posted 7 years agoneil853Subscriber
strike gloves are rubbish, I’m on my second pair in 18 months. Had some superlight waterproof shorts rip within two rides but apart from that all the products have been spot in. All the merino gear is brilliant! I wear their lycra shorts and tights and they’ve all been fine. Their customer service has been excellent too, just stay away from those gloves 🙂Posted 7 years agoneninjaMember
MT500 baggies have come apart at the crotch just below the fly – looks like poor stitching and the material on the rear waterproof panel is delaminating.Posted 7 years ago
Hummvee jersey has some stitching come apart and the shoulder grips have delaminated from the fabric.
The only Endura item I bought this year still going is a pair of Hummvee shorts – is it only a matter of time?
I’ll be buying from other brands in future.woffleMember
I like their stuff, I just don’t expect it to last very long. For example all my shorts from them have tended to split after a few months use – more hassle returning them than 5 minutes with the sewing machine so have always mended myself. They’re still going mind you, just with a little ‘help’…Posted 7 years agojoolsburgerMember
Mine are the singletrack shorts and the arse seams have completely fallen apart I’ve only worn them around 10 times max and wash on 30 deg. I think they wore through the stitching in the mud a few weeks back. Nothing worse than really needing to get over the back and getting the saddle and shorts tangled up.. I had to bag the shorts up and ride in my bibs for much of yesterday, not a good look.Posted 7 years ago
The arse fell thro on my Hummers after about 12 rides !
I put the abrasion & Grit down to wearing the stitching thro ! It just disentegrated……………..
I cant imagine what the wear rate must be like in the winter as i only wore these in the Summer months
I cant see how hot water would disolve stitching ?
I seem to remember Kevlar being used as thread in some of their shorts years back ?
And as for the MT500 Jersey ! I wore it 4 times in 1 week and didnt wash it in that time when i did look at it the Jersey looked brand new apart from the fraying stitching where the camelback straps run ?
Surely the designers know that riders wear camelbacks and the stitching in these areas need support !
I think i will use GORE kit in future it seems to last longer ?Posted 7 years agoMrTallMember
I just sent back some liner shorts as the stitching fell apart after only a handful of uses (i had 2 art the same time, the other has lasted pretty well for a few years now) and despite the fact i left it in a drawer for over a year before getting around to sending it, they just replaced it with a brand new one no questions asked.
Apart from that one incident, i’ve been happy with all of their stuff.Posted 7 years agoSpeshpaulSubscriber
I think endura are stuck really the big selling point is that thay make gaer here in the UK. We like that but we also want gear for peanuts, the stuff thats made in the far east.Posted 7 years ago
Endure try to do a bit of both, but at the moment the lower end is bringing there name down.
I’ve had lots of endura gear over the years, its what i rate everything else against. I have had issues with high end gear from them, but its been back by that high end investment. So its been repaired or exchanged very quickly with no fuss. So i’ve brought from them again knowing they will stand by their gear.
The answer to their problem mmmmm tricky.tfMember
Most of my cycle wear is made by Endura, never had any bother until I bought a MT500 burner jacket a year ago; all of the seam tape came off in 9 moths of moderate use (cared for per instructions, together with Edura Venturi trousers that, even though lot older, are still going strong). Endura would not deal with the issue directly (so much for their packaging saying otherwise), and it took 6 weeks to sort out via UKBikestore — it seems like the quality has gone down the pan in the last year or two, and not just on the cheap stuff.
In the past Endura would have been the first make I would have considered when looking for cycle wear, but my confidence in the brand has taken big knock in the last year.Posted 7 years agoLummoxSubscriber
Just returned a pair of venturi 2 trousers, worn maybe 5-6 times max, both welded seams in the hip pockets have failed. Good job i never used them or whatever i put in them would be in my shoes.
Have also repaired the croth and arse seams on some Singletrack shorts, the remainder of the shorts are rock solis though despite plenty of crashes.
That said my hummvies, Baa baa top, windchill jacket, socks and dextor gloves have all done me sterling service.
My altura react jacket has been the biggest let down though, delaminating and soaking through very early on in it’s life, if i hadn’t crashed in it that would certainly have been returned.Posted 7 years agoSannySubscriber
My wife had three brand new pairs of longs returned to Endura before they were even worn – stitching in either the wrong place or completely absent leaving straight from the factory holes down the side. She also had a pair of 3/4s develop a big hole between the chamois and the outer fabric in one ride in dry conditions on the road. My Strike Gloves have been returned twice due to them soaking through at the fingertips in less than 5 minutes of heavy rain. Squeezing the brakes forced water in at the fingertips. I gave up on them in the end. I also had a pair of Endura outer shorts shrink despite only ever being washed at 30 degrees.
I would really like to continue to support a Scottish based firm but the quality control sadly isn’t good enough in my experience. 🙁Posted 7 years agoSannySubscriber
Oh and the velcro flap on two pairs of overshoes came away in my hand while the zip failed on one of them after only a handful of rides. I also had a pair of liner shorts replaced under warranty where the large replacement was either mislabelled or measured in action man sizing. Finally, the zipper came away on a pair of leg warmers after only a few rides. Come to think of it, I’ve only found their knee warmers to be trouble free but then, how hard is it to get a tube of lycra right? 😕Posted 7 years agoIdleJonSubscriber
Every single garment I’ve had from Endura has had a problem, apart from my wife’s 3/4 baggies which I pinched. 😳
Stitching comes apart on all their jerseys, the baabaa tops develop random holes in places where they shouldn’t wear, zips break. All within a few rides.
A recent pair of Zyme shorts summed it up – it was my fault that I bought a size too large so they’re rather loose around the waist, but the waist puller-inners (?) don’t work at all and the popper bursts open when I bend over. Rubbish.
I’ve had more problems with Endura clothing than with any other brand, and have stopped buying it however attractive the price looks.
Keva – Member
I wonder if the ones who complain about stitching etc falling apart boil wash the crap out of it ? I never wash any of my clothes hotter than 50.
Or maybe those of us complaining use our bikes (and therefore kit) through the worst of the winter and expect clothing to last more than a few rides. Some of my Endura stuff didn’t even wait until I got on the bike before falling apart. 🙄Posted 7 years agojimbmcfMember
Just to volunter for a beating, I work at Endura and varuous people here do read forums.Posted 7 years ago
Truth is that, like all technical clothing brands, we have failures but we do sell more than a million pieces of clothing a year and the return level is a fraction of a percent.
The returns level, as a percentage, has been continually falling for over a decade and we have put way more resource into improving quality in the last 5 years than ever before – it is improving rather than getting worse but we still have failures and if we have someobody who has had multiple items fail then its understandable that they think this must be what everyone is finding.
And inevitably there is less comment from the silent masses that don’t have any issues with their kit.
At the end of the day these items are made by hand and it is very difficult to eliminate QC issues entirely. What we try to do is to keep getting better and to put our hand up and replace product if it is faulty or has failed prematurely which I think we are pretty reasonable at on the whole.
Other side points; we have similar returns levels from in-house production as we do with Far East production so there isn’t any bias between the two (they both follow the same procedures).
We haven’t downspec’d any materials on Hummvees, Singletracks or Thermolite as has been suggested on forums in the past (still Cordura from same suppliers, still Italian Thermolite from same mill as a decade ago etc) and our gloves are made in the same factory as Specialized and to the same standards.
People here are accutely aware that QC is a big deal and customers rightly expect that their kit shouldn’t fail even when it’s given a beating so we’re not relaxed when we get failures (and failures are expensive as well so trying to cut corners doesn’t generally save money in the end and isn’t how we approach it).
For those who have had issues then we do, of course, apologise for falling short of the mark but at the same time it wouldn’t be fair to say that quality is getting worse overall as it has is in fact been continually getting better for several years now and we are doing more and investing more than ever before to make it better in the future. That said, I know that if someone has had a bad experience lately then it’s a reasonable thing to think that everyone else is experiencing the same thing…mosschopsMember
Impressed by that post from Jim, I’ve got mostly Endura gear Was fully waterproof today in a 30 min commute in very heavy rain -Stealth jacket Thermalite overshoes and gridlock trousers oh and my strike gloves worked impeccably
Noticed no one has recommended any thing else
MCPosted 7 years agodazzlingboyMember
Fair play to Jim for coming on and posting. I’ve a 4 tear old venturi jacket which is an awesome piece of kit. Humvee shorts are a year old and going strong but two pairs or winter gloves ( can’t remember model names) are both at the bottom of the gear box. Poor bulky design and liners that come adrift from the outers. Hit and miss as others have said.Posted 7 years agocoastkidMember
Thats good company feedback of you Jim to come on here…Posted 7 years ago
i have alot on Endura kit and havent returned anything yet though when stuff has fallen to bits i usually feel its served its lifespan…
my only gripe is stitching sometimes…
To make clothing for scotlands weather climate that lasts is a tough call and there is alot of other- more expensive companies which fail to make the grade…StefMcDefSubscriber
I like all my Endura stuff. Lasts for years. Invariably well tailored, too. Used to have crappy zips but seems to have improved in recent years.
The one time I had something fail, a Munro waterproof jacket from which the seams fell apart, I sent it back and was sent a new one in the post the same week. Still got it six years down the line and it outperforms dearer stuff from supposedly more prestigious brands.
Just saw the point above about baa-baa stuff developing random holes – mine did, too, but I put that down to riding past brambles at speed. My forearms developed random holes from that as well.Posted 7 years ago
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