The MT500 is a bomber waterproof with lots of well thought out features. It’s not as lightweight as some, but if you ride in the rain, it’ll keep you drier than most.
I like the cut – the hem, which adjusts with a simple drawcord adjuster, drops to the hips and fits nicely. The arms are really easy to move in, courtesy of stretch panels under the arms, cuff and shoulders. I also really liked the soft lining inside the cuffs which feels great against cold skin. Velcro adjusters make it easy to keep out rain and lock in warmth. The sleeves did seem quite long though so do try before you buy.
The rollaway hood is big but not quite big enough to lock down over my lid. I was glad of the pit zips when working hard, but they do add weight and bulk – as always, it’s a compromise. The hip pockets doubled as vents too, although I’d like these a little higher, as my pack hip belt covered them and they would definitely hamper pedalling if full. Other features include grippy panels on the shoulders which helped keep my pack in one place, and a glasses wipe in one of the pockets.
The 3-layer fabric breathes well and feels reassuringly tough and waterproof, and is also produced without PFCs, so it gets a thumbs up on the environmental front. Endura also offer a no-quibble refund or replacement policy within 90 days of purchase.
► Verdict: Bomb proof mtb specific waterproof.
► Best for: Year-round mountain biking.
Review by Steph Duits