Tech Week 2023: new clothing from Endura, Giordana and Scott Sports – Pinkbike

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Endura MT500 II Waterproof Jacket

MT500 is the label that Endura puts on their outerwear that is designed for the most extreme weather, which is obvious when you put on their second generation waterproof jacket. Loaded with features, the “MadeKind” construction uses waterproof zippers and taped seams throughout ExoShell40D material, all for the price of $229.99. Under the arms and along the sides of the chest are zippered vents for maximum airflow and the large hood can be tucked tightly down and around the neck as well. Down at the velcro-adjustable cuffs, a stretchy lycra gaiter helps block out the elements where there’s also a small, hidden zippered pocket for a lift ticket.

Endura MT500 Burner M/L Jersey & Pant

Burner seems like a fitting label for Endura’s downhill clothing line, as the speedy Atherton Racing team members helped develop the team. Both the $89.99 jersey and $149.99 pants are packed with tech features and multiple fabrics in all the right places. On the upper shoulders and arms of the jersey, a water resistant material is used where it is most exposed, but there are small openings in the underarm area and lighter materials are used throughout the main body. They’ve even placed a small zippered pocket on the left arm for bike passes.

Even though the Burner Pants are gravity-focused, they’re flexible and light enough to find your way on trail rides. If you take a look at the knee area, you’ll notice a lot of seams that give way to larger knee pads that move underneath but are still breathable thanks to vents at the back. Along the waist, there is a zip fly and a ratchet closure with some stretch, thanks to the integrated stretch belt end. There are even snaps inside the waistband to hook onto Endura’s Clickfast compatible liners.

Endura MT500 Thermal L/S II

Under a jacket for stashing or over a t-shirt for before and after rides, the $139.99 MT500 Thermal isn’t just a casual layer. Little details like reflective logos, hidden zippers and silicone straps on the shoulders to keep the pack in place are hidden in plain sight. The hood is also stretchy enough to fit over a helmet to line an outer jacket or keep in some extra warmth in the parking lot.

Like all Endura clothing, there’s a 90-day satisfaction guarantee and it fits a wide range of sizes, from small to 3XL.

Giordana MTB Clothing and Shorts

New to the MTB scene is popular Italian road bike brand Giordana with their ¾ sleeve MTB jersey and FR-C shorts. Unsurprisingly, both garments are minimalist in terms of weight. The shirt uses a highly wicking mesh with a relaxed fit and retails for $100. There are also no missing sizes or colors; seven fits and eight colors, to be exact.

Matching the jersey’s construction are the paper-thin shorts, which are hands down the lightest MTB shorts I’ve ever worn. Basically, if you’re looking for just a layer to cover up your lycra race kit on days off, these are the ticket. At $195, they’re not cheap, but they do have a few built-in features, like a zippered card pocket on the right leg, welded cuffs, and an elasticated back adjustable waistband with hook-and-loop closure.

Here’s one for you; Giordana says her ceramic underlayment, made with Resistex Bioceramic, is intended to lower calorie intake. Whether that’s true or not, the top can be worn in hot or cold weather to withstand warmer outside temperatures or reflect heat in cooler times. The high-tech-look base layer is available in six sizes from small to 3-XL, costs $80, and is made in Italy, like the rest of her high-end clothing.
Giordana might be best known for her high quality bib shorts and the cargo version of her FR-C Pro model is no exception. High Compression (HC) 50 abrasion resistant fabric is extremely comfortable and the top bands are seamless, as are the thigh cuffs.

There are enough pockets on these $250 bibs to carry a full day’s supplies with two at the back of the waistband and one on each thigh. Inside, Giordana’s Cirro S chamois is infused with aloe vera for comfort on long days in the saddle.

Scott Sports Trail Storm WP One Piece Swimsuit

Looking to battle through the most miserable lift days, electric bike scouting missions, or survive enduro racing practice? Scott created the complete meal offering, the Storm WP One-Piece shell to keep you warm and dry in horrible conditions.

Backed by a 3L “DRYOsphere” waterproof material, the splash suit’s construction isn’t too claustrophobic. The front of the jacket unzips completely and opens. It is only fastened around the back of the waist, where the dew is likely to come from. This design also allows the jacket to fold neatly into a mesh pocket if you need to cool down quickly. Along the sides of each leg is a full double-ended zipper that opens all the way to the hips, allowing you to take the garment on and off without removing your shoes or adding some extra ventilation. You’ll also find a zippered chest opening under the arms and Velcro cuffs to regulate airflow.

There are men’s and women’s cuts available in the Storm WP One Piece, which costs €399. Six sizes should cover most riders with waists between 28 and 38 inches, though it’s worth taking a look at the size chart. For those who aren’t fans of the bright green tracksuit, there’s also a simple black option to go unnoticed.

Scott Sports Trail Storm WP Jacket & Pants

DRYOsphere might be the sharpest marketing to describe the material Scott Sports uses for their Trail Storm WP Jacket and Pants. That three-layer material gets a waterproof rating of 10,000mm per 10,000g/m2/24h and is coated with a PFC-free DWR spray. It is also said to be durable and offers some stretch as well.

Cut to fit for biking, the back hem is longer than the front and the Trail Storm WP Jacket fits me perfectly. The medium left some room on the chest for base layers and the arms were certainly long enough.

The lower half of the combo uses the same material with two hand pockets and two slits along the thigh with no mesh underneath. At the waist, a simple hook clasp feeds into a sewn waistband to cinch up and along the cuff, there is no zipper on these pants, just a simple elastic.

As for color combinations, there is the Aruba green pattern or a soft option in yellow and black. All zippers are water-resistant and both the €230 top and €150 bottoms feature reflective logos to keep you visible on rides that may end up in the dark.

Scott Sports Storm Hybrid Pants

When the temperature drops below freezing, the €140 Storm Hybrid Pants should do the trick because they’re lined with soft fleece and are still waterproof. There’s plenty of room around the knee for higher volume knee pads and long-legged riders won’t be left with cold ankles, thanks to its generous inseam. Like the regular Storm WP pants, there are two zippered pockets and two vents that open to access any base layer.

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