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Whisper it quietly, but we might finally have made it to the best of seasons – the season of hope, of knowing that from here on it can only get better, the evenings longer and the temperatures warmer. Spring brings out grins on all riders’ faces, whether you’re a road warrior or MTB junkie.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years though, it’s that spring is the most fickle of seasons. Freezing cold in the morning, warm enough in the afternoon to tempt you to display your guns, and with an annoying habit of turning from sunshine to rain in an instant, riding in spring demands a lot from your clothing. Fortunately, you’re in good hands – Endura, founded in Scotland in 1993, know a thing or two about changeable weather and they’ve got you covered no matter what Mother Nature throws in your path.
The road is calling
Dry lanes, café rides and long days in the saddle – that’s what spring is all about. But despite the blue skies, heading out in the early morning can see you caught out by some seriously low temperatures. At this time of year a base layer can be the difference between returning back to bed and heading out of the door. Designed to keep you warmer when it’s chilly, but also to wick away heat when you start to stoke that boiler, a base layer will fit seamlessly beneath your regular jersey to provide that little bit of extra you need to get going before the coffee kicks in.
Don’t forget your piggies too. Chilly feet can really put the dampeners on any ride, and a warm pair of socks and toe covers keep everything nice and toasty.
Removable layers and warmers are your firm friends at this time of year. Arm and knee warmers (you’re unlikely to need full leg warmers in spring) can easily be removed once you warm up. A gilet helps keep the chill from your chest and is lightweight enough to roll up and stuff in a pocket. It also provides a water and wind-resistant layer should the rain make a surprise visit.
Hit those trails
Now that the worst of the winter has (hopefully) passed us by, it’s time to hit those MTB trails you’ve been thinking about since last autumn. Dry, dusty and just demanding to be ridden, spring provides the perfect conditions to get your grin-muscles working on the trails. It’s not always warm though, and a tough and easily stowable jacket will keep you rolling no matter the conditions. Tough enough for all you can throw down, Endura’s Pakajak Jacket is lightweight and windproof with mesh vents for breathability. The compact Helium Woman’s Jacket is an absolute bargain at £40 – this one will keep you snug while you wait for everyone to catch you up.
Durable shorts are a must too to cope with all that hard riding. Endura’s Hummvee shorts are treated with a DWR finish to provide water-repellency and are tough enough should you have a spill, the winter break probably having brought about a touch of rustiness on the trail.
Endura has some serious pedigree in the MTB world, collaborating with some of the very best in the sport. The shy and retiring Danny MacAskill has worked with them and that Atherton family know what they’re talking about when it comes to tough gear.
Check out our full Endura range either online or in store and get set for the good times. Spring is here!