Endura have been getting it right for a number of years now. The Scottish brand, based in Livingston, certainly know a thing or two about waterproof jackets, could be a reflection of the weather up there. Along with a great roster of professional athletes to test the gear, from MTB legend Danny McAskill through to Ironman Hero Tim Don. The MT500 Waterproof Jacket 2 holds its own as a great addition to the Endura range.
Endura have a fully stocked MT500 range – and it’s been at the forefront of mountain bike gear for the past couple of years. Winning multiple awards, everything from the helmet to the over trousers has been carefully designed to cater from the full range of MTB riders. Inspired by Danny McAskill – the premium features come at an affordable price for all riders, right through to the occasional weekend warrior.
With high performance throughout the day, and enough comfort to not want to take it off, we really enjoyed testing the MT500 Waterproof Jacket 2.
Coming complete with a very breathable ExoShell60™ 3-Layer waterproof fabric – claiming an incredible 60,000 g/m2/24hr of reathability you can be sure that it will keep you drier for longer. The shell is very well engineered to wick any water way fast, leaving you confident you don’t need to wear an excessive number of layers underneath the jacket.
Durable shoulders come complete with silicone grip and ergonomically positioned stretch panels to make the jacket fit you completely with no issues. It’s fully seam-sealed for that extra touch – giving the jacket another level of quality.
Large vents under the arm give you all the breathability you need in the jacket. The 2 way zipped vents extend onto the back and are also designed to be fully compatible with the MT500 back pack. The front pockets also double as a vent – as well as a water resistant Napoleon pocket with a media port and glasses wipe for you phone.
The jacket comes with some reflection on the hood, cuff and back in case you get caught out in low light. And the cuffs and hems are adjustable to fit as you’d imagine from a jacket like the MT500 waterproof.
Out in the open.
The jacket performs exactly as we’d expect it to. Incredibly comfortable for the duration of the day, it didn’t let us down. The hood fits neatly over the helmet for if it’s really throwing it down on you. The internal cuff can hold quite a lot of water and stay damp even when the rest of the jacket has cleared up – but this was probably our only flaw with the jacket!
The jacket is quite bulky, so is definitely one to wear from the start of the ride and not carry in the backpack. It’s not quite small enough to be used in case of emergency.
It’s easy to tuck away the hood of the MT500 waterproof with a simple strap system. The strap can bunch up slightly against your neck but generally stays out of the way while you’re out on the bike. The grips on the shoulders really help to stop the backpack from sliding around while you’re out on the trails – a great addition especially when the trails get bumpy.
We found the pocket on the chest great to store any spare change, wallet or phone out of harms way where you can easily get to it. The short microfibre cloth is great for wiping off any screens, glasses or goggles when you’re out on the trail. Yet another thoughtful feature from the design team at Endura.
Retailing at £199.99 but currently available for £124.99 – we’re not sure what you’re waiting for to get your hands on this product. It’s absolutely worth the investment. Comfortable, dry and warm – this MT500 waterproof jacket performs exceptionally and really is one of the best jackets we’ve tried.