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by Shane Stokes
March 10, 2018
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Endura today announced the release of a new range of aerodynamic clothing, along with a novel convertible time trial/aero road helmet, all developed in collaboration with Simon Smart of Drag2Zero.
Key to the new clothing collection’s claimed best-in-class drag numbers are a tightly patterned fit, plus printed and raised silicone rubber patterns in strategic areas, such as the upper arms, shoulders, and the sides of the torso.
Those wind tunnel-tested claims are quite eye-opening, too: nearly 10W of energy savings at 46km/h for the TT-focused Encapsulator skinsuit (US$575 / £430), and nearly 7.5W saved for the more all-purpose Roadsuit skinsuit ($450 / £330) at 38km/h, both compared to unspecified “best competitors.” Endura will build the same features into the D2Z Bibshort ($240 / £180) and Jersey ($200 / £150) for those that prefer a more traditional two-piece kit, too.
Capping off the collection is the D2Z Aeroswitch time trial helmet (£350), designed to be the “fastest in the world” at a wide range of wind angles, as well as one of the safest that to a full Koroyd tubular polycarbonate liner. Quite cleverly, the Aeroswitch features a detachable tail that allows for unusual versatility: attach the extension for time trials or triathlons for maximum aerodynamic benefit; or remove it altogether to leave a lighter (and better ventilated) all-purpose aero road helmet.
In either case, the included visor attaches via embedded magnets, and can be readily flipped upside-down as needed. Sadly, though, Endura has no plans to bring the D2Z Aeroswitch into the United States. Australian pricing and availability is still to be confirmed.
For more information, visit www.endurasport.com.