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We review the Endura Urban FlipJak, a lightweight, reversible insulated jacket.
PRICE $184.99 USD / 234.99 CAD
FIND IT AT endurasport.com
The Endura Urban FlipJak Reversible jacket is a lightweight PrimaLoft-insulated soft shell jacket. Black on one side and high-viz green on the other, this jacket is a true two-in-one for different circumstances on and off the bike. It is available in five men’s sizes (S-XXL) and comes in a women’s version as well – with high-viz pink instead of green in four sizes. Subtle reflective detailing on both sides adds another touch of visibility.
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It’s windproof and showerproof, and for chillier weather it is exceptionally warm. On mornings hovering around 8-10 C (45-50 F), a t-shirt is all I need underneath. The black side is my standard to wear on the outside, but there have been occasions on dark, misty roads at night where reversing to the in-your-face bright green side gave me confidence I wasn’t blending into my surroundings at all. This is not a color found in nature! Very appealing for those who need to ride amongst traffic for a good part of their commute. Both sides have a chest pocket, and the black side has zipped hand pockets as well.
It’s not breathable like a true rain jacket, but the full front zip makes it easy to vent when needed. For the slow cycling crowd, this is not an issue. Riding hard and fast, yes you will heat up quickly. The only thing that would make this jacket even better is more substantial waterproofing. Riding during a light rain shower, I was protected on the inside and at home this 100% polyester jacket dried quickly. It’s designed to protect from brief, light showers, not monsoons, and does this handily.
The Urban FlipJak quickly became my cosy go-to jacket once summer temps cooled down and autumn began in earnest. It’s a flattering fit, true to size and quilted (without being bulky), with longer arms and back made specifically for different riding positions. When the black is on the outside, only hints of the green madness inside is noticeable. Packing this on wilderness excursions quickly made sense, too. The light weight and packability, coupled with the hooded warmth PrimaLoft provides and the ability to be spotted from search planes (in extreme circumstances!) is a bonus. An essential piece in my wardrobe, cycling or otherwise.
Reviewed by: David Niddrie is Momentum Mag’s Creative Director.