Softshells – Endura/Altura…what's good?
Gore Phantom Andy, save a bit longer, it’ll be worth it. Picked mine up 2nd hand off here last year, wear it loads more than my waterproof jacket as it’s more comfortable, less boil in the bag and keeps me dry enough to not get cold. And go a size up as Gore seem to think everyone is built like Bradley Wiggins!Posted 4 years ago
I had completely settled on getting a good proper waterproof jacket for commuting on C2W (Endura Flyte), but…I’m now thinking a good softshell might be a better use of the money (still waterproof enough for a 20min commute but warmer in the winter and more breathable).
Jacket would mainly be used for commuting but also some road riding as the winter creeps in and maybe also MTB once I get over the ‘it’s too new to get filthy’ feeling.
The Endura Stealth II is way expensive but the Altura Varium seems similar but cheaper. Anyone got one?
Or how about an Endura Convert II softshell for maximum versatility?
(LBS stocks mainly Endura and Altura, hence focussing on those brands!)Posted 4 years agotasteslikeburningMember
I bought one of these
A couple of people I ride with recommended it and when I compared it to the Enduras (at my LBS) it seemed better made and had cooler features.
So far it’s not been cold or damp enough to use it 🙁Posted 4 years agokcalSubscriber
I have a Convert (might be an old I version, got it cheaper than RRP, for about £70 IIRC).
Like it a lot, in winter the sleeves will stay on but on a variable weather day it’s good.
They do leak in heavy rain.
Mine is in Kelly Green so good visibility. My wife has gone from “another jacket” to “can I borrow that for today’s spin” in short order I notice.Posted 4 years agomrblobbySubscriber
I have an Endura Luminite which is total rubbish, the whole lining has fallen apart and taking the jacket off results in a small snow fall of white plastic everywhere i go (just in case you were considering one)
What is up with Endura? Quality seems very up and down across their range. Some of their stuff is really well made (like IMO their bib shorts, though the logo has come off, and their short liners.) Other items seem very shoddy and fall apart after not very many rides (a couple of pairs of their gloves for example.)Posted 4 years agorOcKeTdOgSubscriber
i’ve got a varium, it’s not as warm as my old stealth, but this means i wear it more as the steath was only used when temps dropped below freezing and invariably it wasn’t raining at those temps, varium is water proof and a more athletic fit which certainly helps aerodynamically or when its howling a gail, it has a fleecy neck but i’d prefer the neck to be snugger as drafts can get down there, but with a buff/scarf it’s idealPosted 4 years agoKryton57Subscriber
Altura Transformers are, different.
I wear mine for the road bike, but have considered going one size up to replace my aging Phantom. Thinner material, seems to maintain a lower (yet comfortable) temp than the Phantom, althought the quality isn’t quite as good. However, currently on sale for £35….Posted 4 years ago
Am going down the accessories-only C2W route. Genuinely need some new commutery-type kit so got some things on my list to get. LBS are a good bunch so I’m not trying and buying elsewhere!
I’ve had a waterproof Convert for a few years so appreciate the sleeves off thing therefore the softshell version does appeal. Will take a look at the Wind chill too…Posted 4 years agoadshSubscriber
Endura windchill is great from 10 deg down to around 4.
I sort of agree except for me it’s 4 degrees down to about -10. The fact that it really needs a baselayer makes it pretty darn hot.
In fact for changeable weather soft shells are a pain. They don’t pack down well they’re bloody hot and though the windchill is very well designed they’re still not that breathable. It’s possible to be hot on the bike, sweat then get sodding cold off it.
note I feel the cold but get very hot when riding so am hard to please.Posted 4 years agowoodlikesbeerMember
I’ve had two Altura Nitevision jackets, partly because you can buy a hood for them. I got the more expensive one second time round. The first must have lasted 4 years. The second is still going after 3. Not super breathable but they do have big zip holes in the sides.Posted 4 years agovariflexSubscriber
Worth having a look at howies activeshell.
Last night was down to 8-10 degrees my way with a brisk breeze and it was perfect with a short sleeved base layer underneath. It can take a reasonable sprinkling or rain too.
I also have a gore phantom which is very good for proper minus figures, but for the money the howies jacket is excellent. Wiggle were knocking them out at £30, howies rrp is 40.Posted 4 years ago
Steve – PB’s got the same waterproof Convert as me. I keep mine for MTB and rarely wash it, so it doesn’t get used for commute! Good jacket though, hence why the softshell appeals.
Woodlikesbeer – My current commute waterproof is a Nightvision. Again, good jacket and mine’s lasted about 4 years but it’s lost its waterproofness now (re-proofing only lasts a heavy rain shower or two) and I fancy/need something different
Variflex – I’ve got the Howies Dyfi. It’s alright but not waterproof enough, even for a light shower (though admidetly some Nikwax would probably improve it). Living in Cornwall and reasonably high up means short, sharp, heavy showers are pretty common! In contrast, I wore an old hiking softshell riding home this week in a heavy shower and kept me dry, but was too warm.Posted 4 years ago
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