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Endura Sampler Pack- Ready For Spring!- by Grannygear As the title says, Endura can get you ready for spring riding pretty much no matter where you live. But here in So Cal we are not in need to anything too extreme, just functional within our moderate requirements.  While much of the midwest and the eastern parts of the country are seeing record breaking winter low temps…gotta’ love global warming…we here in the land of crowded freeways are seeing mid 70s with cool, windy mornings and moderate (by most standards) evenings.  In fact, it have been perfect weather to get out in a sampler pack of Endura clothing and see how it works. A combo of baggy shorts, short sleeve jersey, arm warmers and vest are a great combo for this time of year, and when a set of leg/knee warmers are tossed in the gear bag, you are ready to go.  So let’s take a look at what we have been wearing and how it has worked out.  Two pieces of the set are from the Hummvee line of clothing, something Endura describes as:

Urban & Trail Performance
The Hummvee line is our gateway collection into the world of performance, functional and technical apparel for riding off-road. Loaded with features and value, every Hummvee piece will make your riding better, faster and more comfortable. Remember, with its durability, multiple pockets and versatility, much of the Hummvee collection also works a treat for your daily commute.

Hummvee Lite short – 

  • hummvee lite shortsSuper lightweight multipurpose baggy short with Clickfast™ liner
  •  Lightweight 4-way stretch nylon with DWR finish
  •  Includes Clickfast™ detachable liner
  •  Mesh rear sections for optimal breathability
  •  Front hip pockets
  •  Side cargo zipped flap pockets
  •  Seamfree inseam panel in durable Cordura®
  •  Elasticated waistband with integral belt
  •  Hem adjusters
  •  Reflective logos
  •  Double layer seat in durable Cordura®

The Hummvee Lite shorts are another choice in the lightweight fabric baggy short option that I have found so compelling this last season of riding.  We looked at a set from Specialized and Zoic and now these.  The Hummvee shorts have a bit more utility about them than the spartan Specialized shorts and like the Zoics, have enough pockets to do some commuting or around town work too.  The liner snaps in with a series of…well, snaps…and they are held fast.  Some liners are held in with silly loops and wimpy closures, but the Hummvee liner is on there unless you really want them to not be.  Excellent.  The liner is decent as well, although the fit of it is a bit loose in the ‘package area’ so to speak.  The leg fit of the liner is snug (these are LG shorts) but not too tight so one might think I should be in a MED, but the baggy short itself is about as snug at the waist as I could wear and a medium would be too tight (SZ 32 waist, I am).  So there seems to be an intent to ‘relax’ the liners fit compared to others I have worn.  There are straps at the hem of the short that allow you to close up the leg openings a bit.  Interesting. The cut is comfy and nothing poked or tugged or bothered anything.  It has not been very hot here, being Fall/Winter and all, but I would suspect that this short will wear well in hot conditions.  $87.00 suggested retail.

Hummvee Short Sleeve Jersey –

  • humvee jerseyShort sleeve jersey with rapid-wick, textured fabric
  •  Rapid-wick textured fabric
  •  Contrast mesh panels underarm/side/back neck
  •  Long CF zipper with snap-down puller and reflective piping
  •  Triple rear pockets
  •  Zipped reflective pocket with iPod® port
  •  Microfibre glasses wipe integrated into side seam
  •  Silicone back pack gripper shoulder prints

A zipper porch at the top of a deep chest zip, the mid-weight fabrics, the smart cut and features set…a jersey like this is what most any mountain biker would need in a jersey.  There is a ‘Lite’ version of this jersey as well, but we have the regular one here.  So the only caveat to it might be that, especially in this dark color, a bit hot to wear in high temps.  Other than that prediction, it has just done it’s job and is the type of technical clothing choice that will be a core item in any trail rider’s closet.  On a bright internet ad or discount site, it is hard to see the small touches (and some not so small) that separate a great piece of technical clothing from a swatch of sewn fabric combined with fancy graphics.  I have seen more than a few of the ‘all hat, no cowboy’ stuff come and go from my clothing selection.  This one can ride the range.  Giddy’ up, cowboy.

Baa Baa Merino arm warmer –

  • baabaa warmersArm Warmer in an anatomic, cycle-specific fit in silky, itch free Merino wool
  •  Anatomic cycle-specific fit with pre-curved elbow
  •  Silky, itch-free comfort
  •  Naturally odour resistant
  •  Pre-curved elbow
  •  Silicone jersey grip dots
  •  High warmth to weight ratio even when wet
  •  Fully-fashioned seam free
  •  Easycare machine wash

You know that TV ad for under shirts, the one where the guy is wearing a shirt made of live kittens?  Yeah, weird, but the BaaBaa arm warmers are like that.  Snuggly.  Oh my.  I am a Merino wool fan anyway and these are not itchy and do not cut into the upper arm at all, yet never slipped down in use.  They are easy to pull on too, unlike my old faithful Swiftwick arm warmers.  However they are not very good if the wind is up and the temps are down, allowing air to pass right through the weave in the fabric, something the Swiftwick ones are much better at preventing.  In fact I can see my skin color in places where the arm warmers are  tightly stretched.  Endura actually has other arm warmers designed for facing stiff winds, etc.  These are really good under a windbreaker or warmup jacket and should insulate even when wet, but they are not quite ready for moving through a cold wind all on their own.  Still, for the super feel and comfy fit, they are quite likely to stay close at hand when I am layering up.  In fact I suspect that they will be found in my road bike kit more than the MTB as they roll up into a pretty small bundle and I usually will have a jacket/vest combo for Fall thru Spring road use.  The BaaBaa’s will be perfect for that. About $28.00 suggested retail.

Pakagilet –

  • pakagiletUltra Packable Showerproof
  •  Ultra lightweight and showerproof ripstop fabric
  •  Zip guard and storm flap with two layers of main body fabric bonded and laser cut
  •  Back mesh panel
  •  Reflective trims on shoulders and rear
  •  Elasticated armhole, rear neck and hem
  •  Rear Pocket Access

When I first saw this Pakagilet, I thought “Roadie!”, but I tossed it in the hydration pack and took it along on all kinds of MTB rides.  And it was a handy item to have.  The cut is very snug and there is no flapping or extra fluff about it.  The arm holes are elasticized and work great, keeping air from entering the vest.  The Hi-Vis color I have in a size LG and is just right for wearing over a base layer/jersey combo but not much more than that. The tail section is looong and there is access into your rear jersey pockets without needing to lift up the Pakagilet.  The collar is high and seals drafts well as does the main full length zipper.  The back panel has a large hourglass shaped mesh section so this might not be a great thing for nastier weather conditions, but it will help keep you from feeling like a crock pot with the lid closed, and, if you wear a hydration pack over the Pakagilet, the pack will nearly cover the mesh area anyway.  We have not seen rain here for a coon’s age, so I cannot attest to any worth on wet days.  Obviously the mesh back would be no help there, but based on a Pakajak (full windbreaker version) I have, I would say it will fend off light rain and misty conditions decently, but not much else. This is a versatile piece and would be equally at a home on a road ride as it stuffs down to barely anything and would be easy to carry on any outing.  $57.00 or so gets you one, plus tax, etc.

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Note: Endura sent over the items shown here at no charge to Twenty Nine Inches for test and review. We are not being bribed nor paid for this review and we will strive to give our honest thoughts and opinions throughout.