Ben tested Endura’s MT500 Spray Trouser to see if they can stand up to the wettest British winter in years.
Gone are the days when if you wanted to be warm while riding, you’d need to get yourself some tight-fitting downhill pants. The Endura MT500 Spray Trouser is part of the new wave of light, comfortable full length numbers that keep the worst of the elements off you.
Photos by Dave Price.
- 4-Way Stretch front panels with DWR finish
- 3 Layer waterproof rear panels with taped seams
- Zipped thigh vents
- Zipped hand pockets
- Reflective trims
- £109.99 RRP
Being based in Scotland, Endura should know a thing or two about keeping you warm and dry on the trails.
The MT500 Spray Trousers are packed full of well thought out features to keep you comfortable out on the trails. The legs are slightly articulated to work on the bike and the ankles taper in to a slim fit, keeping crap out and reducing any flapping material. The fit is slightly more relaxed than other riding trousers I have used from TLD and O’Neal without being baggy, but I do have beefy thighs. If you have skinny legs then these may be a bit flappy.
In the UK we are just coming to the end of one of the wettest winters in recent memory and I have probably worn these trousers about 20 times in the last 3 months, for pedally epics, E-Bike missions and even on the uplift. Normal riding kit has pretty much been stored away and I feel like I know these pants inside out.
The short review is that they are pretty awesome. I never get a wet bum, no matter how much spray there is and the DWR coating on the front is only just wearing off after more than a dozen washes. The breathability is as good as it gets and I rarely got too hot in the MT500s. When I did, I could reach for the zip vents on the thighs to lose some heat on the climbs.
The hand pockets are ideal for my phone, although if you are working hard it does get condensation on it, so I would prefer the pocket to be totally waterproof on both sides. The zip fly and button closure are secure and the velcro waist adjusters give you quite a bit of scope to size down based on your length and fit preference. At just under 5’10” (176cm) the mediums were perfect for my height.
One feature I never used was the ankle zips that open up the bottom of the trousers and run along the reflective seam that dominates the design of the lower leg. I don’t really know why they are there to be honest as I can’t imagine people putting their riding trousers on after their shoes.
What do we think?
Overall their all round performance have led the Endura MT500 Spray to be my go-to trousers for much of the winter. I like the low key styling, mixture of breathability and waterproofing and they have proved to be remarkably robust. At just over £100 I also think they represent good value and with an annual re-proofing they should last several seasons of hard riding.
- Good cut for beefy thighs
- Dry bum
Could Do Better
- Ditch the calf zip to make them lighter and cheaper