The Endura MT500 hooded jacket 2 turned up perfectly in time for the worst weather of the year.
3-layer waterproof/breathable PTFE Protection™ technology plus Cordura® fabric
Helmet-compatible hood with 3D adjustment, reflective trim and visibility perforations
Extended waterproof zipper vents double as cargo pockets
Napoleon chest pocket, waterproof zipped wrist pocket
Detachable internal stretch cuff with mesh venting fore-arm
Seam-free shoulder panels in Cordura®
My first ride in the MT500 was a very wet, very windy, very dark lap of Cwm Carn’s Cafall trail and the MT performed like a pig in shit. Where the Welsh weather was determined to send me home in a sulk, Endura kept me wrapped up nicely and in fine spirits throughout.
What’s good about the Endura MT500?
All the zips for one. There are two huge under arm zips to keep you cool and two huge breast pockets that also act as vents. Unzip them both and you’ll have air flowing nicely and the front and out the back to keep you well ventilated. The vents work well and mean you can run the jacket to keep dry when it’s a bit warmer than you’d usually want to add an extra layer. Keep the vents shut and you can store plenty of junk in the breast pockets. They’re great for stuffing lights and batteries into in a hurry when you land at the office after a late-for-work commute.
The real heavy hitter of the MT500 is the 18,000mm waterproof rating and 60,000g/m2/24hrs breath-ability rating. Numbers don’t mean much on their own – but they basically mean that the jacket is tough on rain and very breathable. As a comparison, the £140 Madison Storm jacket is 12,000mm waterproof and 15,000 breathability. Whilst it’s not cheap, those numbers justify the MT500’s price tag.
Packing-down size and weight are important for a jacket. The MT500 is a sort of ‘middle weight’ jacket. You can’t stuff it in your back pocket or into a small hydration pack … but it will fit fine into a pack around the 10L mark with room to spare. If you want a super packable jacket we’d recommend the excellent and well priced Endura Xtract jacket. The MT500 isn’t heavy but it’s sturdy and tough so isn’t feather weight.
There’s loads of cool features on the MT500. There’s silicon grippy shoulders to keep your hydration pack in place. The hood is fully adjustable and fits over a helmet for chilly hilltop snack-stops. The vents have been designed to fit around your backpack so you’ll always stay well vented. There are also internal cuffs with thumb holes inside the sleeves for extra warmth.
So far, so good
So far – I’m really happy to have got my hands on the MT500. It’s kept me dry on the commute and the trails, I haven’t over-heated on long draggy climbs and it looks good in the pub. I’m looking forward to spend a lot of time in it this winter.
Big vents to help air flow on draggy climbs
Tough but not heavy weight
Nice big hood that fits over your helmet for cold, windy hillsides
Could be better:
£169.99 price tag – very good value and exceptionally well specced but not cheap.
Also in these photos: 2016 DMR Trailstar custom complete bike, Fox Head Flourescent Yellow 2015 Demo DH MTB Short, Specialized Ambush helmet Moto Orange, Oakley Crosslink Sweep.