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You won't be overlooked in this striking limited edition jersey, but you will be comfortable
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130g
Endura M90 Graphic Short Sleeve LTD Jersey
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With its M90 Graphic Short Sleeve Limited Edition jersey (M90 refers to the eye-catching design), Endura shows it hasn't lost sight of achieving high performance and comfort in the pursuit of striking looks.

High-vis camouflage wear must be some kind of post-modernist joke that people of my generation aren't supposed to understand. At first I wondered how it would look if I got knocked off my bike wearing this, and what the other guy's lawyer would have to say; but far from making you invisible, this is pretty well unmissable and definitely a kit for the extroverts among us. All those isosceleses, instead of softening the edges, are as shards in the eye of the observer. Then the acid-green of the arm grippers and pocket stripes burns into the wounds. I was glad to be riding in it, rather than looking at it.

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According to Endura, the jersey is made to the same specifications as the kit ridden by the Movistar team, and the whole is finished to a high standard. There's nothing particularly unusual about the panelling and construction: tidy double-stitching with generous zig-zags to keep it all flat.

It's not flatlock stitched, something I've noticed with a few designs this year – perhaps the feedback to manufacturers is that there's no noticeable increase in comfort so they're keeping costs down by leaving it out. There was no rubbing or pressure anywhere in the garment. On the contrary, you could forget you were wearing it.

Endura M90 Graphic Short Sleeve LTD Jersey - riding.jpg

Endura M90 Graphic Short Sleeve LTD Jersey - riding.jpg

I like the Lycra sleeves, which are long and close-fitting and have no hems. A centimetre or so of fine, rubber coating around the inside holds everything in place. They worked very well over arm warmers, too.

Endura M90 Graphic Short Sleeve LTD Jersey - sleeve.jpg

Endura M90 Graphic Short Sleeve LTD Jersey - sleeve.jpg

At the neck, there's a more conventional hem, designed to provide a glimpse of the high-vis trim that lines the collar internally. Though the zip-pull has no port to park it in, it didn't press or scratch and it has a good-sized tab. There's an attempt at making the zip invisible down the front of the garment, but the fabric doesn't quite meet in the middle and resulted in the zip looking a bit lumpy, perhaps the least satisfactory element of the M90.

Endura M90 Graphic Short Sleeve LTD Jersey - chest.jpg

Endura M90 Graphic Short Sleeve LTD Jersey - chest.jpg

There are four pockets instead of the regular three – the right-hand one is on the side-panel and made of mesh, perhaps to improve air circulation around your banana. It means you have no larger central pocket so check that your choice of packable jacket will fit in. You have to look behind to see how securely these are stitched in, with T-shaped reinforcement at the tops where the strain is greatest.

Endura M90 Graphic Short Sleeve LTD Jersey - side.jpg

Endura M90 Graphic Short Sleeve LTD Jersey - side.jpg

At the waist, Endura plumps for an elasticated hem over the increasingly common silicone gripper (whatever the description says), and I found this worked just as securely and with no compromise on comfort.

Endura M90 Graphic Short Sleeve LTD Jersey - pockets.jpg

Endura M90 Graphic Short Sleeve LTD Jersey - pockets.jpg

The polyester fabric has plenty of stretch, mostly in the width but also some in length. In the large size I tested, the overall fit was close. Heavier-built riders than I am might find this getting on for skin-tight. Also, the side panels had a tendency to stretch a bit diagonally, which may have something to do with my appalling posture, but no attempt at standing straight really changed this. It didn't affect the comfort at all.

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The light weight and close fit suggest this garment is aiming at the same warm-summer riding as the Santini Tono I tested recently. It's a mere 9g heavier, and though not as see-through ventilated, it's proven dry and breathable on some long days out (admittedly, temperatures above 15°C have not been available). It also seems rather more robust, with no pulls or snags so far – and it's £10 cheaper.

Once I got over the shock of the look, I really enjoyed wearing this jersey and would recommend it from a fit and performance point of view. It comes in a couple of other designs, including a stealthy 'Cubitex' black/grey geometric, and each comes with matching shorts (review to come) and socks.

Verdict

You won't be overlooked in this striking limited edition jersey, but you will be comfortable

road.cc test report

Make and model: Endura M90 Graphic Short Sleeve LTD Jersey

Size tested: Large

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?

"Get yourself noticed" is about the only claim Endura makes about this garment, and I think that's a given. Otherwise it's a lightweight, breathable, stretchy top that feels good to ride in.

Endura says: "Oblixe Graphic S/S Jersey

"Get yourself noticed"

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

Says Endura:

Same specification as ridden by Movistar Team

Rapid wicking Italian fabrics

Lycra® sleeves with silicone grippers

Triple rear pocket system

Lightweight internal hem elastic with silicone gripper (see the review on this subject)

Full length concealed front zip

See also the Cubitex Graphic S/S Jersey and Oblixe Graphic S/S Jersey which have alternative graphics.

Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

No issues here; all tidily put together with good quality fabrics.

Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10

Comfortable, versatile, you hardly notice it in use.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

Well made from good quality materials. Though very light weight it doesn't seem fragile and has resisted snags so far.

Rate the product for fit:
 
8/10

Just an issue with a bit of diagonal pulling in the side panels. It didn't affect the comfort at all, but I couldn't get it to sit quite straight.

Rate the product for sizing:
 
8/10

Spot-on for me, as I would expect from a large, though with some UK garments I take a medium so bigger guys might want to size up. Five sizes available.

Rate the product for weight:
 
9/10

Super summer-weight, but still warm enough to wear without a baselayer if the weather's really fine.

Rate the product for comfort:
 
10/10

Faultless!

Rate the product for value:
 
9/10

For a pro-spec jersey, and given the excellent performance, it's an excellent price.

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

Wash inside out, don't use conditioners, and don't leave it crumpled when damp. That's about it. It dries very quickly, by the way.

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

I pulled it on and went for rides. When I was hot I unzipped it, if I was chilly I did it up. If I need arm warmers, they fitted nicely under the sleeves. Great!

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Very comfortable, versatile, good-looking kit. The sleeves work really well.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The not-quite-hidden zip.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes, to my surprise!

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your score

From a performance and comfort point of view this works really well. It's well suited to UK summer riding, fits well and is neatly put together. The slightly bulgy zip curtain needs tidying up, and not everyone will like the style, but at this price point it's got a lot going for it.

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 52  Height: 6'2  Weight: 73kg and holding steady

I usually ride: Cannondale CAAD10   My best bike is: Tomassini Prestige

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

I regularly do the following types of riding: touring, sportives, general fitness riding, mountain biking

13 comments

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handlebarcam [1014 posts] 2 months ago
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My parents had some curtains that looked just like that back in the 70s.

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pockstone [112 posts] 2 months ago
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M90...the M is for Migraine.

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Cyclax Maximus [22 posts] 2 months ago
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If I went out wearing that, I would not be in the least bit suprised, should people start hurling all manner of insults and soft squishy objects.

It looks crap. Geometric abstract overpriced artwankery, out to hoodwink cyclists ? with obviously more money than sense.

Of course it fits well. So do my underpants...

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reliablemeatloaf [65 posts] 2 months ago
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But don't you want to " improve air circulation around your banana"?

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DaSy [753 posts] 2 months ago
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This seems to be designed around the same concept as the Dazzle pattern, used to obfuscate warships during WWI. 

The idea being to not hide, but rather confuse a viewer as to what direction and speed the object was moving at. This doesn't seem like an ideal scenario for road riding: I tend to prefer drivers have a reasonable idea where and at what speed I'm travelling at, not that it makes much difference to their descision making!

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hsiaolc [350 posts] 2 months ago
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Come on!! I want to buy it but the design is just rediculous.  Like waering tate modern on my body. 

 

I think probably plan colour white with a red dot in the middle I might buy it. 

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RobD [471 posts] 2 months ago
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I quite like it, although I wish there was a bit more contrast between the light and dark shapes, it looks slightly like it's been washed a few too many times. More exciting than the all black cycling ninjas I see when out riding.

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StraelGuy [956 posts] 2 months ago
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Dazzle pattern - that's exactly what I first though when I saw the pic...

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theironduck [54 posts] 2 months ago
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My wife's swimming costume has a similar pattern.  When I mentioned dazzle camouflage she became unaccountably irate at the implied comparison to a superannuated battleship

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PaulBox [665 posts] 2 months ago
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DaSy wrote:

This seems to be designed around the same concept as the Dazzle pattern, used to obfuscate warships during WWI. 

The idea being to not hide, but rather confuse a viewer as to what direction and speed the object was moving at. This doesn't seem like an ideal scenario for road riding: I tend to prefer drivers have a reasonable idea where and at what speed I'm travelling at, not that it makes much difference to their descision making!

That's exactly what I thought when I first saw this jersey.

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The _Kaner [1122 posts] 2 months ago
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Well. I like it.

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fenix [667 posts] 2 months ago
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Wiggle di a very similar looking kit about two years ago but swapped the lime for more orange. It's a great design.

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s_lim [209 posts] 2 months ago
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The _Kaner wrote:

Well. I like it.

+1 - shorts may have to be black, but jerseys & socks, not so much.