- Good value
- Light enough for hot summer rides, versatile to layer up when it's cooler
- Baggy sleeves
- Sized up larger than shorts of the same range
The Endura Women's MT500 Marble long-sleeve jersey is a lightweight enduro and downhill top that's as good next to the skin as it is over body armour. It's light, very breathable and offers lots of room for elbow pads, while quality is excellent for the price. It can feel a bit baggy without armour, however, and it sizes up quite large.
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Designed with help from pro downhill family the Athertons, the MT500 jersey is one of the flagship pieces in the Endura lineup. The light fabric is a technical mesh to wick away sweat, and it's certainly very breathable. Consequently it's a great summer jersey, but it works just as well as a layer on cooler days or over armour on downhill riding days.
The Marble has a baggier cut than other women's jersey's I've worn, which is fine if you like a slim but relaxed cut. The sleeves are rather baggy too, though, and whilst they are plenty long enough and there's a nice cuff, I'd rather have a more tapered end to the sleeve. That said, if you wear elbow pads regularly, this jersey is a good choice as there's plenty of room.
I wore a size Small, which came up quite large. It's at odds with the new women's MT500 Spray Short II which was smaller than I'd like.
The Marble has some neat styling around the neck which helps it lie flat against the skin, plus all the graphics use sublimation print – which means they never peel or fade.
There's a dropped hem at the rear and that love-it-or-hate-it marble print. After wearing the red version, I reckon I'd prefer that black and white one or even better, the grey of the men's design.
At a penny under £40 the MT500 Marble is one of the cheapest, best-value long sleeve jerseys I've reviewed. For this quality you generally expect to pay £50-70, so if you wear armour a lot, want full sleeves even on hot days or just fancy a looser fit, the Endura MT500 Marble is an excellent choice.