Tested : Pete’s Endura MT500 Burner Clipless Waterproof Shoe Review.

Part of their ‘Made for Worse’ winter launch, Endura’s MT500 Burner waterproof shoe is designed to tackle what a Scottish winter can provide.

Take on look at Endura’s latest winter waterproof shoe and it’s clear that it’s designed to keep your feet dry and warm whilst allowing you to ride the way you want to. Pete has been seeing how much weather the Endura MT500 Burner waterproof shoe can handle.

Photos by Pete Scullion.

Key features:

  • Highly durable upper fabrics with fully Waterproof, highly breathable ExoshellFW™ membrane
  • EGM footbed
  • StickyFoot™ Grip pedal contact areas
  • Toe and heel sections deploy StickyFoot™ Dura pattern
  • Offset cleat box with increased longitudinal adjustment
  • Speed Lace system with waterproof cover
  • Velcro® strap
  • Sharkskin fabric lined heel cup
  • UK sizes 5-12 (6-11 in half sizes)
  • £169.99 RRP
  • EnduraSport.com

The Endura MT500 Burner Clipless Waterproof shoe looks the business straight from the box. You almost can’t make out the upper thanks to the sizeable lace cover, but underneath is speedlace system that sist atop their ExoshellFW membrane that does the heavy lifting when it comes to weatherproofing.

Slip your foot through the inner part of this and you’ll find your foot snugly-wrapped in the shoe, with the EGM sole feeling fairly stiff on the ground but quite comfortable once you’re pedalling. The lined heelcup keeps the feet in place and helps with power transfer too.

I ran these with Hope’s cleats on a Union TC pedal and had zero issues getting the cleats installed or any real issues with engaging or clipping out. The offset cleat box doing sterling work of guiding my foot where it needed to be every time. When I did need to dangle a safety leg or just keep the foot perched, there’s plenty of grip on the sole to keep everything in control.

Despite some very cold and/or wet weather of late, I haven’t felt winter get through these boots yet and unlike a lot of winter riding shoes, especially clips, they don’t feel like a remedial moon boot where the cleat attachment is somewhat of an afterthough.

In reality, I can ride the same trails I ride all year round without changing my ride yet I come away with some warm, dry feet as a result. A quick blast with a hose to remove the muck from the ride and they look brand spankers. A fresh clean and they show that they’ve help up well to daily use since they landed too.

What do we think?

Endura have made a winter boot that doesn’t feel like it’s suffered in ride performance in the search for seeing off more of the elements. The balance between the two has been well struck, and at £169.99, they’re really not silly money either.

We love:

  • Warm, dry feet
  • Ride like a regular clip shoe
  • Cleat box always guides your foot right

Could do better:

  • We’re really not sure

You can check out the Endura MT500 Burner Clipless Waterproof shoe on their website here.