Endura's Pinstripe Short Sleeve Jersey is part of its Limited Edition range, where it releases a range of clothing in various colours and patterns to create an outfit (you can read my review of the Pinstripe bib shorts here). The Pinstripe is pretty striking and bold in its looks and it isn't just skin deep: performance is impressive and so is the fit.
- Pros: Lightweight fabric works well in the heat, performance-orientated cut
- Cons: Lack of zip garage
Compared with a lot of the jerseys we see here designed for riding in the very hot temperatures, the Endura isn't that thin or lightweight but the fabrics actually do a very good job of keeping you cool and dry.
The fabric sits close to your body or baselayer and seems to do a very good job of absorbing the sweat and passing it quickly out through to the atmosphere without any delay. I was quite surprised by how quickly I felt dry and refreshed after cresting the top of a tough climb in the high summer temperatures.
The cut is nicely done. The front panels arch up towards the zip which actually makes the Pinstripe jersey look and feel a little short in the body when you are off the bike, but it all makes sense once in the saddle as there is no bunching of the fabric around your stomach or chest.
The rear has the complete opposite with a lengthy dropped tail to keep you covered when even crouched right over in the drops. It's held in place by an elasticated gripper and there is no issue with it riding up.
At the sides you get separate panels which feel a little lighter and more stretchy to keep the cut close, although the jersey never feels restrictive even if you are a 'more normal sized' rider.
The sleeves use the same material, which offers such a close fit over your biceps that Endura has been able to do without any form of gripper here.
At the rear you get three deep and taut pockets which allow you to carry plenty of kit. There is no zipped valuables one, which is a bit of a shame, but you do get a mesh gel pocket on the right hand side, ideal for easy access when riding in the group.
Endura uses a YKK zip and it runs very smoothly, with a large tab for ease of use. The only thing I would like to see is a zip garage at the neck to stop the slight irritation there.
Bearing in mind that these Endura short sleeve jerseys are limited edition prints and handmade in Europe, I'd say the cost is quite a true reflection of what you are getting.
On the whole it's a very good jersey that does the job while still keeping things pretty simple. One thing I will say, though, is that as it's white you'll be doing a lot of washing...
A smart looking jersey with a great fit that performs well for the money
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Endura Pinstripe Short Sleeve Jersey
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
Endura's take on a simplistic, classic summer jersey.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Rapid wicking Italian fabrics
Lycra® sleeves with silicone grippers
3 open rear pockets plus mesh gel pocket
Lightweight internal hem elastic
Limited edition print
A nice cut gives a performance fit without being too extreme.
Stick by Endura's size guide and you won't have an issue.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
The white fabric marks quite easily even in the dry but it washed up clean every time with no colour run.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Everything you need from a summer jersey.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
No zip garage and it gets dirty quickly.
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 overall score
Great summer performance from a classic jersey with no massive claims of fabric performance and the like. Simple, stylish and good value for money.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.