Rain-X is a celebrated wiper blade producer. As clear from their name, they bank on providing ample water protection – they’ve been developing technologies and solutions that help repel water for years, and it bears fruit. They are now among the most popular specific wiper blade manufacturers.
This time, however, they decided to focus on providing better durability and longevity without sacrificing efficiency and other important characteristics. It’s also considered a premium wiper blade, so it’s bound to be assembled well and with special care and attention.
Rain-X has been active for years. Although they aren’t the oldest blade maker, they aren’t exactly new to the business, too. Regardless of how they came to be, they sell a lot of blades – at least online. It also gives you more choice selecting your blades, because there is a lot they have to offer.
Naturally, most of their blades concentrate on repelling water – one way or another and to different extents. The brand itself is centered round the patented Rain-X technology. Basically, the beam leaves a trace of its formula behind itself. Both the rubber itself and the windscreen make the water gather up excessively upon contact.
Instead of the wild mass of moisture, you get a collection of many small droplets. They will roll away by themselves soon enough, but it’s also an optimal shape for throwing them off the windscreen with your wipers.
Silicone Endura also has it, although it’s not the key feature here.
Silicone Endura is a beam wiper blade in the truest sense of this word. It’s flexible and durable. Its construction implies there is a strip of rubber conditioned into the curved position by a spring in the hollow space inside the rubber body.
This spring is also there to ensure the beam hugs the windscreen surface evenly and without overburdening some of its parts. Basically, it’s very adaptable and conforms to every shape in the blink of an away. It’s good to a blade that can do so, but it’s not its primary upside.
The primary advantage here is the durability. By independent estimations, the blade is supposed to last twice as long as the ‘standard’ blades. It’s unknown what they took as a number for ‘standard’ blades, but it possibly means a few years at least. There’s no warranty to judge what the minimal lifespan is, at the very least.
It sounds plausible that this blade is going to last long. What’s more, the user reviews are mostly positive about it. If it deteriorated too soon, people would complain about it – what with high cost of purchase and the word ‘Endura’ in the name.
The reason why it sounds plausible is the rubber composition. It’s a healthy mix of silicone and graphite covering. Silicone itself is superb as a blade material – it’s resistant against cold, heat, ozone, sun, oxidation, and it’s very good at repelling water. Basically superior to all other materials if implemented properly.
Here, silicone seems to be implemented correctly. It ensures the blade doesn’t suffer as much from extreme weather conditions and other elements. It’s very comfortable within the span of -30 °C to +200 °C, making it pretty effective as an all-season solution (although not a panacea).
The graphite makes a smooth, durable and effective silicone body even more reinforced and smooth. It’s basically an additional shield with very little friction – quite beneficial in the field.
There’s also a triangular shell on top of the beam that breaks the wind force and decreases the risk of being lifted off for the blades. It’s also made of steel, so you don’t have to worry about it breaking. What’s more, it gives a slight protection from the sun and elements that prefer to hit you directly, like toxins or sunrays.
Is it worth buying?
Silicone Endura sounds very good – it’s durable, pretty comfortable to use, and efficient enough. Some people complain about it – mostly about streaks – which is understandable enough, because these blades have a tendency to not grip the windshield surface tightly enough and leave traces as a result.
If you’re positive it’s not an issue for you, by all means give it a try – especially if you’re passionate about making long-term investment into your car. Each blade costs about 25 USD and more, so it’s also a premium purchase. It’s not for all, but this cost pays off.