The Endura MT500 Waterproof Jacket II is jam-packed full of features that make it a truly brilliant jacket for wet-weather riding. There’s almost nothing wrong with it – just be prepared to part ways with a heap of cash.
For that heap of cash, you get a jacket made from ExoShell40DR three-layer waterproof fabric with fully seam-sealed construction.
You get silicone grippers on the shoulders with specially placed stretch panels, an adjustable hood big enough to fit over a helmet, two big armpit vents with two-way zips, two large front pockets which double as vents (also double zipped), a water-repellant zip with a storm flap, and lycra inner cuffs for sealing.
So that’s an awful lot of jacket. That’s not to forget the uplift pass pocket on the left arm.
It’s a longer jacket than some, which offers good protection from spray, and the fit is a little baggy. That’s no issue though – it means movement is unrestricted, while it doesn't stray into snagworthily baggy.
Breathability is the name of the game with the MT500 jacket. Not only is the material lightweight, but the array of vents help keep things seriously cool. Thanks to the double zips, there’s a ton of adjustability, so it’s super easy to tailor the airflow.
The double zips also accommodate different bags really well too. If you use a bum bag, the straps may block a zip but no bother, the other zip can take the helm. When it’s time to whip out the backpack, the double zips on the pit-vents can do the exact same thing.
It's also a nice touch to get a microfibre cloth stitched into one of the front pockets.
There have been times where my mates got too warm and had to ditch their jackets, while I just opened all of the vents and stayed perfectly comfortable (if a little toasty on the climbs).
The hood really does fit over a helmet; you sacrifice some maneuverability for it, but it's perfectly tolerable on the climbs.
The only downside to the MT500 jacket is its £230 price tag. I reviewed last year's Leatt’s DBX 5.0 All Mountain jacket and, while its fabric is a little heavier and you sacrifice a smidge of ventilation, it’s extremely close to being as good as the MT500 for £190.
In the Endura MT500 II though, you’re getting a waterproof jacket that’s made with environmentally friendly materials, performs outstandingly, and is super comfortable. It’s a true class leader – but it costs.
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