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Worth every penny – Endura has redefined clothing for riding fast in bad weather
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Endura FS260-Pro SL Classics Jersey
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The Endura FS260-Pro SL Classics Jersey keeps wind and rain off while being supremely breathable and offering a modicum of insulation. While it isn't tape-sealed, so can't officially be labelled waterproof, I didn't detect any water ingress over the test period. Does this mean you don't need a shell as well, should the heavens open? In my experience, correct. But you do want a baselayer underneath if it's below 10°C.

At first glance it looks like a long-sleeved top, but what you get in the bag is a short-sleeved jersey plus arm warmers in the same fabric. This is no afterthought or compromise – the system works perfectly. The seal between warmer and jersey is borderline hermetic – you can't spot the join unless very close up, and certainly no wind or rain gets through the generous overlap.

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The arm warmers feel a bit like wearing a rubber balloon on your arms, but not uncomfortably so. They come out slightly rippled – not as tight as, say, Castelli's Nanoflex arm warmers, but in no way a detraction from performance. Things stay firmly in place thanks to the silicone grip strips on both the warmers and sleeves. 

Endura FS260 Pro SL Classics Jersey - arm warmers.jpg

Endura FS260 Pro SL Classics Jersey - arm warmers.jpg

They roll or fold up very small too, being not as thick as Nanoflex, nor notably insulating – rather, they're wind/water blocking.

Top features

The jersey's zip is easily worked one-handed with double gloves on, and the storm flap behind it did its job, making sure no wind was felt.

Three generously deep pockets all have laser-cut drain holes, but there's no zipped valuables pocket – maybe Endura figures you'll use a properly waterproof pouch for such things as a phone or remote-fob car keys. My phone was dripping with condensation in the pocket, so you definitely want to use a waterproof phone case even in dry weather to prevent moisture vapour damage.

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Endura FS260 Pro SL Classics Jersey - back.jpg

Under the pockets there's a hidden drop tail secured by four pop-fasteners when not in use, with reflective trim to match that on the pockets. The length is such that it actually hung below the rear of my saddle to the extent that I could feel it pull slightly when standing to climb or sprint, though it never snagged. When not in use it's invisible, storing up out of the way of the full silicone gripper strip around the hem.

The collar is reasonably stiff, contoured to offer maximum protection and a little bit of space for natural ventilation through body movement. Aiding ventilation and comfort are small Roubaix-fabric patches under the armpits.

Rain or shine

Out for 90 minutes going hard (87% of max heart rate) in torrential 7-9°C rain (enough to utterly soak my winter boots) with a 150gsm long-sleeved merino baselayer underneath, I never felt cold; one or two fingers didn't warm up, but then I have avowedly useless circulation. The contoured neck worked perfectly – not a drip felt down the back – while the slightly loose collar let a bit of air in/out, so I didn't need to vent at all. The drop tail provided full coverage, and afterwards, what was a filthy top washed out clean.

Endura FS260 Pro SL Classics Jersey - collar.jpg

Endura FS260 Pro SL Classics Jersey - collar.jpg

A contrasting long, fast ride in 10-15°C sunshine with a little bit of wind showed this top's versatility. Wearing it over a lightweight long-sleeved merino mesh base, I had to use the zip to vent on climbs but never felt clammy or sweaty. The arm warmers felt cool at first but warmed up. I set several personal bests on 2 to 3-minute climbs without feeling too hot.

Endura FS260 Pro SL Classics Jersey - riding.jpg

Endura FS260 Pro SL Classics Jersey - riding.jpg

What's really noticeable is when zipping up for descents – the top is totally windproof. Even at maxed-out 50x11 there was zero flapping, but the fit isn't super-skintight.

Much colder, wetter, windier 2-5°C conditions did call for another layer (in this case the matching Endura FS260-Pro SL Shell, review here), but I could probably have gone for a thicker layer underneath instead of a shell over the top and been just as happy.

> Read our survival tips for cycling in the rain, here 

Endura collaborates with the pro team Movistar, who had a hand in the FS260 range development. As such it's a racy, 'athletic fit' garment designed to be ridden hard, not one to hide an excess of pie or pints. If that's your bag, for £130 the FS260-Pro SL Classics jersey should be high on your options list. It's a crackingly good jersey that deserves to become a classic in its own right.

Verdict

Worth every penny – Endura has redefined clothing for riding fast in bad weather

road.cc test report

Make and model: Endura FS260-Pro SL Classics Jersey

Size tested: Medium

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

It's for slimmer people wanting to go fast in inclement weather, and not have to carry a hard rain jacket but remain warm/dry-ish.

Endura says:

Pro Style All Weather Protection

Short sleeve construction with separate arm warmers for adaptable pro style protection

Developed and tested by Movistar Team

High stretch, lightweight, waterproof, windproof and highly breathable softshell fabric

Thermal Roubaix underarm panel for added comfort

Athletic non-flap race fit

High visibility drop tail

Triple rear pockets with laser cut drain holes

Full length zip with strung puller and zip guard

Cosy touch inner collar

If you think the Spring Classics are bad, try Scotland!"

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

The fabric is 10,000mm waterproof and 30,000G/M/day breathable.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10

Excellent, only marked down by lack of taped seams, if that's even possible in a soft fabric jersey.

Rate the product for performance:
 
10/10

Stunning.

Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10

After a few months of washing, still looks like new.

Rate the product for fit:
 
8/10

Very 'athletic' as Endura says. Not skintight on me, but close.

Rate the product for sizing:
 
9/10

Sized perfectly on me.

Rate the product for weight:
 
8/10

331g for the versatility is very good.

Rate the product for comfort:
 
9/10

Never felt uncomfortable, even in miserable conditions.

Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

£130 is a lot of cash, but you're getting two garments in one that will keep you out there when it's nasty, and you'll enjoy it.

How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

Fine – no issues.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Very well indeed. Can't fault it.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The cut – it looks fab and fits so well on the bike, front, arms and back.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your score

The only things I can think to mark the FS260 down on are the lack of a valuables pocket, audio cable port and zip garage. At £130 it isn't 'cheap', it's a hefty investment, but once you're over that, it's damn near perfect.

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 43  Height: 183cm  Weight: 72kg

I usually ride: Merida Ride 5000 Disc  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: A few times a week  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: club rides, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking and Dutch bike pootling

15 comments

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eddyhall [48 posts] 1 year ago
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I guess the acid test is "how does it measure up against a Gabba?"

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paulskinn1 [11 posts] 1 year ago
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I disagree with this review ... I'd have give it 5*. I have 2 and use them in rain, wind or shine from 0-15 C. Amazing garment!!

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KiwiMike [1297 posts] 1 year ago
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paulskinn1 wrote:

I disagree with this review ... I'd have give it 5*. I have 2 and use them in rain, wind or shine from 0-15 C. Amazing garment!!

If it were £30 cheaper it would have been 5-star, no question. The lost half-a-star is only down to price compared with other similar garments - at £130 it's roughly ballpark for this sort of jersey, so therefore the price itself is not exceptional. Performace, fit and feature-wise it's unfaultable.

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nowasps [520 posts] 1 year ago
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Sweaty armpit design is less appealing.

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theflatboy [15 posts] 1 year ago
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eddyhall wrote:

I guess the acid test is "how does it measure up against a Gabba?"

Exactly - it would be a lot easier if reviews of any garment like this at least asked and answered that question at some point!

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zedthegreat [36 posts] 1 year ago
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This may be implied in the review (apologies if I missed it) but how does it size? Do I need to go up / down in sizing at all, or do the Endura sizing charts give a reliable fit? Otherwise, absolutly sold on this.

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BBB [454 posts] 1 year ago
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zedthegreat wrote:

This may be implied in the review (apologies if I missed it) but how does it size? Do I need to go up / down in sizing at all, or do the Endura sizing charts give a reliable fit? Otherwise, absolutly sold on this.

I have a FS260 Jetstream jersey and at 5'11 slim athletic (not skinny) build I wear M and it's got a proper performance fit without being too tight/aero. Spot on.

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KiwiMike [1297 posts] 1 year ago
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zedthegreat wrote:

This may be implied in the review (apologies if I missed it) but how does it size? Do I need to go up / down in sizing at all, or do the Endura sizing charts give a reliable fit? Otherwise, absolutly sold on this.

 

To clarify: I'm 6'  / 73kg, 33" waist, 37" chest/hip with long arms. It fitted perfectly in Medium, . Not skin tight, but that's OK.  My measurements put me smack on the cusp of Small/Medium on Endura's size chart BTW. So if you're a few inches bigger the Medium will be fine.

 

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KiwiMike [1297 posts] 1 year ago
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theflatboy wrote:
eddyhall wrote:

I guess the acid test is "how does it measure up against a Gabba?"

Exactly - it would be a lot easier if reviews of any garment like this at least asked and answered that question at some point!

 

This is NOT a Gabba - the Gabba is made from fabric that is windproof, but explicitly not waterproof. Also the Gabba comes in either Long or Short sleeves, warmers are extra. And the drop tail is always down. Other features may vary, I haven't seen the Gabba 2 so can only go off my years wearing a Gabba 1.

But given the choice (which I now have) I'd take the Classics over the Gabba every time, for every kind of riding.

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handlebarcam [1011 posts] 1 year ago
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Comment deleted, posted to wrong article.

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Beaumont [10 posts] 1 year ago
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KiwiMike wrote:
theflatboy wrote:
eddyhall wrote:

I guess the acid test is "how does it measure up against a Gabba?"

Exactly - it would be a lot easier if reviews of any garment like this at least asked and answered that question at some point!

 

This is NOT a Gabba - the Gabba is made from fabric that is windproof, but explicitly not waterproof. Also the Gabba comes in either Long or Short sleeves, warmers are extra. And the drop tail is always down. Other features may vary, I haven't seen the Gabba 2 so can only go off my years wearing a Gabba 1.

But given the choice (which I now have) I'd take the Classics over the Gabba every time, for every kind of riding.

 

Well Gabba was claimed to be waterproof for a long time. I do agree with others, I just don´t get why there is no comparision with other similar products. Waterproof jerseys have been tested here, like Stolen goat http://road.cc/content/review/144507-stolen-goat-orkaan-race-tech-jersey - why no word about the fact how it stands head to head? It´s a pitty..

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Disfunctional_T... [195 posts] 1 year ago
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Beaumont]<p>[quote=KiwiMike wrote:

why no word about the fact how it stands head to head?

I suspect that road.cc doesn't do comparative reviews so that it can keep all its sponsors happy. It would be so much more useful for the public if they did product "shootouts".

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maldin [146 posts] 1 year ago
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Disfunctional_Threshold][quote=Beaumont wrote:
KiwiMike wrote:

why no word about the fact how it stands head to head?

 

I suspect that road.cc doesn't do comparative reviews so that it can keep all its sponsors happy. It would be so much more useful for the public if they did product "shootouts".

That would be nice from a readers perspective but I expect it's less a case of a "conspiracy" to keep sponsors happy and more down to the fact that the reviews are done by different testers. They'd either have to have only one person testing all similar items or someone who had thoroughly tested an item would need to spend a single ride with competitive items and make a call from that. If that was the case we'd likely accuse them of not having spent enough time with the competitive items.

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cammackmartin [21 posts] 1 year ago
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I added this to my kit bag recently as an option to fill the gap between the gabba/winter and a standard jersey/summer. So to be precise for the slightly warmer weather when it's wet in the hope of avoiding boil in the bag cyclist resulting from a pack able rain shell. In short, this jersey is spot on for this type of function. Went out tonight at 19 degrees C overcast with chance of rain. Perfect choice. Ultra breathable, wind proof and waterproof. If you add the arm warmers with or without a baselayer you'd be fine down to all but the lowest temperatures. From a fit perspective as with all jerseys, a jersey from one company will suit one body shape, a jersey from another brand may be totally different and fit a different body shape. Most of my favourite kit is Rapha but at XXL sizing so you get the picture, larger athletic sprinting shape (I wish!) - but not ultra light echelon vulnerable type. The Endura top as a large fits me perfectly. Snug around the lower end and well fitted across the chest and shoulders. So spot on. I note from one other post elsewhere an extreme criticism on the fit which I think is a bit harsh without specifying whom the fit refers to. So I'd recommend this kit. I love kit that does what it promises to do and kit that gives you the comforting feeling that an extra bit of cash if needed has delivered from the performance perspective. Summary = light, thin, breathable, good up to 20 degrees C, waterproof. 

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jeffrejo [14 posts] 9 months ago
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Creases, lines and excess fabric all over the place, why on earth would we want to spend good money on that! Endura, you need to do better..