Product Review: The Stealth Jacket by Endura
By Emiliano Jordan
Right after Interbike I started testing out the men’s Stealth Jacket by Endura with the help of Lana Atchley, who started riding the women’s version. The challenge of dressing for the rain is finding something that can handle a dry, brisk day that turns bone-chilling cold when rain starts dumping. I chose the Stealth jacket because of its ventilation options layered on top of what felt like a solid jacket for both cold temperatures and water. The zippers are all “ultrasonically welded seams” intended to be flat and comfortable while maintaining a water-tight seal. To finish off the jacket, Endura added a bit of reflective material to the chest, back and shoulders that makes one feel a bit more comfortable riding in the low light of a dark rainy day.
In practice, the jacket is lightweight for its class and feels nimble on the bike. The cut is a bit tight in the chest while standing, but it settles in perfectly once you’re over the handle bars. Although I’ve yet to stay dry on a really rainy ride, it seems that most of the water coming into the jacket is wicking from my shorts. The seal on the gloves is helped by a small Velcro enclosure to tighten down on my wrists. Getting into the rear pocket is a bit of a chore with rains gloves on, which is something to be expected in the cold. A small trick is to use the side torso zippers to access your normal jersey pockets on mid-to-warm days. On cold days when the torso zipper is zipped, it’s nice to stash a bar in the breast pocket to eat between water stops where it’s easier to take gloves off and get full access to the rear pocket. It’s a small detail, but it’s often handy that a small cloth is sewn into the breast pocket to wipe off glasses while stopped.
As intended, the jacket ends up being perfect for a variety of temperatures. With a 10.5” zipper on the torso and a 6” zipper in the arm pit, I’m able to open up the jacket for airflow during warmer days. The zippers aren’t noticeable while closed, even under my armpit, where I was worried about chafing. When open, these vents help suck air around the jacket with the front zipper only half down, keeping the jacket from the ever-annoying wind flap. My body temperature tends to burn really hot, but overall I’ve found that the jacket can go high 40s – low 50s while maintaining 30s and raining security. I have yet to ride the jacket with more than a short sleeve base layer and jersey underneath but figure with some layering I could easily get below freezing. Other feedback I’ve received (from those with cooler body temp than me) is that around 42 degrees a long sleeve base layer is nice, and this set up could easily go as high as high 40s. Of course, the previous recommendations are for moderate intensity workouts during long winter rides. For commuting, I’d dress a little bit warmer.
Overall this is a well-rounded, versatile jacket that can stand up to the rain and conditions of Portland’s winters. I wouldn’t consider it an all year investment, but for $299.99 it’s a good investment for those serious about training through the rain and snow.
- Price: $299.99
- Men’s: S, M, L, XL, XXL
- Women’s: XS, S, M, L