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Endura's Luminite jacket has been a commuting staple for many years. The Luminite II has a fabric that's slightly thinner than the original, plenty of reflectives and a built in rear LED. It's a good choice for the daily schlep to the office.
The Luminite fabric is a 2.5 layer breathable and with fully taped seams it's very waterproof There's adjustable neck and hem cords to keep the chills out and there's plenty of chevrons for great all-round visibility after dark. The green base colour (yellow and black are also available) stands out in the day, too.
The generous cut means you can get a couple of layers inside, although if you're race shape you might want to size down. The thin fabric can be a bit flappy in the wind but it's not too bad, and it's surprisingly warm, mostly down to being a very effective wind barrier. If you work hard you'll find it's not the most breathable fabric out there, but for a commuter jacket it's fine.
There's three pockets at the front (two side and one chest) and one at the rear, protected with a storm flap and holding the Luminite LED which shines through a translucent window. It's a good little safety addition, although I found that it wasn't too keen on staying put in its little home, wandering into the pocket on occasion and disappearing from view.
The obvious comparison is with the Altura Night Vision Evo, which is similarly specced but with a slightly more luxurious-feeling soft-touch fabric and a better-located light to the rear. And a touch more reflective. The Endura is £10 less at RRP but the Altura can be had at a fairly heavy discount, so in terms of value at the till it probably edges it. They're both good options for a daily commute though.
Good daily commuting jacket that's visible in all conditions, the rear light is a good touch but it'd be nice if it stayed put.
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Make and model: Endura Luminite II jacket
Size tested: Hi Vis Green, XL
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Fully seam-sealed compact 2.5- layer waterproof, breathable fabric
Emblazoned with high visibility 360 degree reflective safety chevrons
Luminite LED light unit integrated into the rear pocket for additional security 3 flash phase options
Zipped chest and handwarmer pockets
Rear zipper pocket with storm flap
Adjustable neck and hem cords concealed in front pockets
Bonded and laser cut double storm flap on centre zip
Cosy-touch lining in handwarmer pockets and inner collar
Reflective Velcro cuff adjusters
Well made, taped seams and good attention to detail.
Light, waterproof and windproof. Not especially breathable.
Fabric has survived fine during testing but it is thin.
Good protection for the weight.
You'll need a full length layer underneath or it gets clammy, but it's fine if you're sleeved up.
Decent value for the quality and level of performance.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Protection from the elements, visibility in all conditions.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Fabric is fairly thin, light didn't stay put.
Did you enjoy using the product? Mostly, yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Possibly.
Age: 40 Height: 190cm Weight: 102kg
I usually ride: whatever I'm testing... My best bike is: Genesis Equilibrium 853
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track
Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.