Endura Xtract Jacket: On Test- by Guitar Ted

Spring: That time of year around these parts when you may still need Winter gear in the morning, rain gear in the mid-day, and be wearing shorts and a jersey by late afternoon. That means I have to be prepared for a wide range of conditions if I am to be out cycling all day. Lightweight, packability, and high performance are all things I would like to have ion my gear for this time of year. Ya know……because I can’t be dragging around a closet full of gear when I ride! When Endura announced this new Xtract packable jacket, I sent for one to test straight away, because it fits what I need for this time of year to a “T”, at least by the sounds of it. Obviously time and riding will tell. Here is the press from Endura on the new Xtract…..

Endura's packable Xtract Jacket

Endura’s packable Xtract Jacket

“- A lightweight, ultra packable waterproof is a year round essential – especially if you live in the UK. Scottish all-weather experts Endura have just added a new jacket to their extensive range of waterproofs: the Xtract. It is the perfect companion for epic road rides, leisure rides in the park or blasting through the city, providing great emergency protection from the elements and packing down small enough to easily fit into your jersey pocket So what’s the USP of the Endura Xtract Jacket? In short, the Xtract Jacket is lightweight, ultra packable, waterproof, breathable, and it won’t break the bank.

The Xtract Jacket’s fabric is not only technically impressive, it also features a lovely soft touch outer and a smooth inner surface. The minimalist jacket is cut in an athletic fit that still leaves a bit of room for layering, and it comes with a neat little stuff sack, packing down to the size of a can of Irn Bru. Mesh ventilation on the back aids breathability further. The jacket also features a spacious concealed security mesh pocket, elasticated cuffs, neck and hem for a great fit, reflective trims, and a full length zip with internal storm flap and zipper garage. It’s available in a men’s version and in a women-specific fit, and looks great in its strong pop colours with contrast zip and detailing. There’s a more subtle black version, too.

– Lightweight waterproof/ breathable ripstop fabric
– Waterproof 5,000mm; Breathable 5,000g/24hrs/m2
– Reflective trims on sleeves and rear centre back
– Elasticated cuffs, neck and hem
– Front zip with full length storm flap and zipper garage
– Centre back mesh vents for optimal breathability
– Concealed security mesh pocket

Complete with stuff sack

Sizes: Men’s S-XXL; Women’s XS-L

Colours: Men’s: Black, Red, High-viz Yellow; Women’s: Black, Ultramarine Blue, High-viz Pink

Born in Scotland – Ridden Worldwide.”

The Xtract in its stuff sack with a couple water vessels for reference.

The Xtract in its stuff sack with a couple water vessels for reference.

Soooo……we will be seeing just how these claims shake out. Endura sent us an example in the Red, which is a brilliant, crimson color. The jacket is shown here to the left in its stuff sack. Pretty small to be sure! This will easily pack into a hydration pack, frame bag, messenger bag, or even a back pocket of a jersey.

With showers and rain forecast in the coming days, I will get a chance to put the Xtract through its paces on commutes, off road rides, and on some longer gravel road excursions. Stay tuned for an Out Of The Box/First Impressions next…..

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.