Endura Xtract Jacket: Final Review- by Guitar Ted

The Endura Xtract Jacket has been bouncing around with me all Summer long, and now it is time to give my final words on this packable jacket. My First Impressions can be found HERE. Now let’s go ahead and see how this jacket held up for the past three plus months.

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The Xtract Jacket came in handy a few times.

This jacket was a great little bundle of “insurance” for me on almost every ride I did ever since the testing period began back in May. While I didn’t have to use it very often, it manifested itself as being a very handy bit of clothing when I did use it. A few examples of this were when I was camping in May, and had to run down to use the restroom on the camp grounds, and it was pouring rain. The Xtract was easily fetched from the tent’s gear loft, thrown on, and when I returned was tossed in the vestibule till morning. Another time was when I was attending an automobile race and I had the Xtract along, since it fit into my cargo shorts pocket, and we had a rain delay to live through. I also actually did get caught a couple of times in brief showers on the bicycle, (see image above), where I was really glad for the Xtract’s pack-ability and effective rain shower protection.

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It really leaves no reason not to pack it along. The Xtract packs quite small!

The Xtract Jacket packs so small, that I really found no reason to ever leave it behind. It is also very light. At 230 grams in its stuff sack, it wasn’t an issue to have it either in my hydration pack, my frame bags, or my commuter bag. So, on a purely convenience oriented viewpoint, the Xtract Jacket scores quite high on my scale of judgement.

But since it is meant to be worn while cycling in showers or rain events, how does it do? Well, I cannot say I wore this in any torrential downpours, but even during pretty steady rain, it worked as advertised. I stayed dry from the rain. Notice that I did not say that I “stayed dry”. Yes……while this claims to be made from a “breathable material”, it isn’t what I think most folks would call “breathable”.

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It takes up hardly any room in my Bike Bag Dude frame bag.

Yep….it can get sort of “swampy” in this jacket, but then again, I expected that it might. That said, it isn’t the worst rain jacket I’ve ever worn for getting too hot in. No, it does breathe a bit before your efforts or the weather, or both, conspire to make you sweat.  I found that for myself- the temperatures I wore this jacket in that worked best were when it was under 70°F and not too humid. Then it was tolerable. However; when it rained and was above 70°F, and the humidity was high, it didn’t take too long for my arms to get real sweaty inside and my core to feel a bit too warm. Your reactions may differ here, but suffice it to say that the magical “breathability” feature most rain wear makers claim still has not been met with total success in the Xtract Jacket.

Final Conclusions: The Xtract Jacket wins in the lightweight, packable jacket category, at least from my view. It is also easily fetched and reasonably easy to stuff back into its separate carrying sack. (If you are apt to lose things not attached, this separate carrying sack may be an issue too.) The Xtract blocks wind and precipitation well enough. Again, I never got really drenched in the thing, but the Xtract did a bang up job with light rain and showers up to a steady rainfall.

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The Xtract doesn’t have any features beyond this though, so if a minimalistic approach doesn’t satisfy your needs, (no extra pockets, no media ports, no hood), than you may want to look elsewhere. It also doesn’t have any venting capabilities either, which I feel really limit the range of conditions the Xtract could be useful for. It would really make a difference if it did have pit zips, as a for instance. All you get for venting is the front zipper, and that is minimalism that may not work for you. The Xtract Jacket is a great bit of “insurance” against a pop up shower or a cold wind that might spring up though, and with its minimal size when packed, you can hardly find a reason not to haul it along. From this standpoint, I will say the Xtract is “good“, but if it had a bit of venting and if ever there could be a truly breathable fabric for this jacket, I would then say it was “great“.

Note: Endura sent over the Xtract Jacket 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.