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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
No issues here; all tidily put together with good quality fabrics.
Comfortable, versatile, you hardly notice it in use.
Well made from good quality materials. Though very light weight it doesn't seem fragile and has resisted snags so far.
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.
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.
Super summer-weight, but still warm enough to wear without a baselayer if the weather's really fine.
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.
About the tester
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