The Endurance Be Visible cycling jersey was tested by Sanjay Sharma, Cyclop Team. Sanjay has finished Ironman 70.3 Goa, 3 Full Marathons, 9 Half Marathons, and a couple of Triathlons and Trail Runs. Thanks to Priti Zaveri for her inputs as well. Preeti has won a few titles in Olympic Duathlons, and finished the Hyderabad, Ladakh and Satara marathons.
Going out on early morning rides is always fun, but being visible to others on the road, especially speeding is essential for one’s safety. For someone who rides fairly often and is looking for a budget jersey that provides attention-catching visibility – the Endurance jersey is the answer.
To test the jersey me and my friend Priti Zaveri, also an avid cyclist and marathoner, wore it over a 45km ride around Lutyens Delhi, on an early morning ride in February. We also tried it again at night. Check out visibility at both times in the photos.
Highly Visible Jersey with Front, Back, Side Reflectors
The fluorescent colours are visible to the naked eye for around 200-230mtrs even in the early morning’s dim light conditions. We checked this, when we set out around 6:15am, with the ambient light at 288 lux and sunrise still around 40mins away.
Apart from the eye-catching fluoro colour, the jersey has a big rainbow reflector “CADENCE” fused on the front to provide reflective visibility to oncoming traffic. Also, there are reflective strips on the back pocket and on the right sleeve for a 360⁰ visibility. All these combined gave us decent visibility in low and moderate light conditions. We took a few photos wearing darker jerseys against the fluoro colours of the Endurance jersey, to see how it affected visibility.
Fabric – Basic, Moisture-wicking
The jersey is very basic and is made from a 120-150 gsm fabric. Although not very thin, it feels soft, is moisture-wicking and dries quickly. It’s a little bit thicker than the Btwin cycling jerseys, which feature a thinner and more stretchable fabric. It is not like a super-light premium jersey, but at a price tag of Rs.999, it serves the purpose of visibility very well.
Jersey Fit & Grip – Club Fit
Since the jersey uses basic fabrics, it has an easy fit and we noticed some fabric bulges as we bent forward. The extra length of the back panel covers the back even when riding on the drop bars. The fit could have been slightly tighter and aero, and we could do with silicone grippers on the hems.
I am 5’10ft tall, 75kg and wore a Medium size, which was just a bit loose in the front. Otherwise it fitted fine. Priti wore a large and found that it fit well. So I would say go by the size chart. The fit may be excellent for the general Indian body, lean-bodied athletes can go a size down.
Pockets – Deep
The jersey has 3 extra deep back pockets, and they sit nice and square on the back. They are big enough to store extra tubes, buffs, GU-Gels, granola bars for longer rides and deep enough to keep the phone from bouncing out.
A great feature is the added zipper pocket in the back. This is very functional to keep keys, money and other small things securely and avoid them from falling out.
The Zipper – YKK
The jersey features an upper and lower zipper garage. The upper one is good and helps the zipper from touching the neck but the lower garage just makes zipping up a tad bit tedious and really serves no purpose. The zippers being YKK are smooth, however they have a non-lock slider which worries me a bit.
The Collar & Ventilation
The collars are short and provide the required breathability on longer and warmer rides. The neck circle however, could be a bit tighter. The raglan sleeves give more underarm area and thus allow higher freedom of movement even if worn over a base layer.
- High visibility due to fluorescent colour
- 360° visibility due to reflectors on the front, back and sleeve
- Value for money at Rs 999
- Deep pockets with a zipped pocket in the back
- Silicone gripper
- Aero fit (but the jersey will suit club fit wearers)
- non-lock zipper
Finally, I would say this jersey is a basic item to have in one’s closet. Not a premium item, but a basic must-have, a go-to jersey when you want to be visually dominant on the road.
Photo credit: Ajeet Kumar Srivastava, Sports Photography in India