Hot, hotter, hottest. The long, hot, summer of 2018 has seen temperatures soaring right across Europe and it looks like the Vuelta a España, which regularly sees riders racing in 40C, will be another roaster. Scorchio!
It’s a tale we tell often, but it was our development samples of hot weather, rather than the foul weather riding gear that we’re perhaps best known for, that clinched our long running, Grand Tour winning, partnership with Movistar Team. We’ve since proved our credentials to superstars of road cycling in other ways, with advanced aerodynamics, innovation in bibshort pads and bespoke tailoring, but our relationship was forged on the successful test of one jersey and one pair of bibshorts.
As is now enshrined in Endura folklore, Managing Director, Jim McFarlane, had been working on a deal with Spain’s WorldTour behemoths for a number of months before we got the chance to trial kit with their riders. We handed Movistar Team’s veteran domestique Pablo Lastras a jersey and bibshorts for a stealth trial at a baking hot training camp and the benefits of our advanced fabrics were immediately apparent. Whilst Pablo’s teammates were drenched in sweat, his jersey was dry and he was noticeably cooler. The data we’d provided from climate chamber tests was now rider proven thanks to our incognito test and our credentials as WorldTour outfitters underlined. The rest is history.
Our close working relationship with Movistar Team means that we get regular, detailed and demanding feedback from riders who pack in tens of thousands of kilometres in the saddle in training and racing every year. Over the past few seasons, Alejandro Valverde has averaged over 13,000 *racing* kilometres alone. When you add in his countless hours of training on top of that and multiply by 25 more riders then you quickly get to a very, very large number.
It was feedback from the squad that that informed the development of our Pro SL Lite garments. Supreme comfort in hot weather is delivered by innovating in fabrics, pads and construction methods to produce the ultimate hot weather riding gear.
Pro SL Lite Bibshorts
Based on our game changing and award winning Pro SL Bibshorts - which are available in three pad widths to ensure a precision – the Pro SL Lite Bibshorts utilise the same innovation in pad sizing system but in a unbelievably airy form. The specially developed 700 Series Lite Pad uses a more open cell structure than conventional foams, allowing for increased air ﬂow and faster moisture transfer through the pad, making it ideally suited to hot weather use. By using perforated material over the quads, we ensure that your engine room can enjoy better ventilation and move hot air away from the skin. Finally, we deploy coldblack™ technology which dramatically reduces solar heat build up compared to standard Lycra.
Pro SL Lite Jersey
The Pro SL Lite Jersey (men / women) is a featherweight, race fit jersey with extra fine mesh front panels and wicking rear panels that provide UPF25 sun protection. Available in black and super-stylish mulberry, the Pro SL Lite Jersey is available in men’s and women’s versions.
Pro SL Lite Gilet
The Pro SL Lite Gilet is perfect for cool starts with hot finishes. It provides an extra layer of defence whilst riding on cold valley floors early in the day and packs into a truly tiny, pocket friendly package for provide extra insulation on long descents.
Versions of the Pro SL Lite range are also available as part of the Endura Custom program with both jersey and bib shorts available in your designs for your club or race team. Visit the Endura Custom website to find out more.