Endura MTR Shell Jacket - Review

Feb 2, 2017
by David Arthur  
Endura MTR Shell Jacket


Scottish brand Endura needs little introduction these days, having cemented itself as a go-to brand for highly functional and well-priced mountain bike clothing. Choosing the right clothing for the winter is a tricky task with so much choice in any well-stocked bike shop or online retailer, but the Endura MTR Shell Jacket ticks all the boxes. It’s a packable, waterproof jacket that is extremely good at keeping you dry and sheltered from the elements; and that goes a long way towards helping you deal with unpredictable weather.

Endura MTR Shell Jacket Details
• Exoshell40 3 Layer waterproof fabric
• Fully seam-sealed construction
• Ergonomically-positioned, stretch shoulder panels
• Stretch waterproof cuffs and sides
• Detachable hood
• Reflective details
• Colors/sizes: Blue - Small through XX-large
• MSRP: £119.99, $199.99
• Contact: Endura Sport

The most important part of a jacket is obviously the fabric, it’s what protects you from the elements. The Endura MTR Shell Jacket is made from a fabric called Exoshell 40 and it's comprised of three-layers, with a membrane sandwiched between the inner and outer layer that the company says is 50% thinner than standard membranes. The external face of the fabric is then finished with a DRW treatment to repel rain water

The advantage of a thinner membrane, according to Endura, is really good breathability. To put some numbers on it, the breathability rating is 40,000g/m²/24hr while the waterproof rating comes in at 20,000mm. It also keeps the weight and bulk low, so this size small jacket weighs 176g and packs down extremely small, easily fitting into a jersey or backpack pocket. If you’re environmentally conscious, the fabric is made without harmful substances and the DWR treatment is PFC-free.

All seams are sealed in the construction of the jacket to further aid the waterproof factor. And to keep the focus on being a lightweight shell, Endura has kept the list of features short. There is just a detachable hood, stretchy waterproof cuffs, a hidden loop for rolling it up, and silicone shoulder details to prevent wear or slippage when using a hydration pack. You don't even get any pockets, such is the focus on keeping the weight and bulk low.

Endura MTR Shell Jacket
Some reflective details for extra visibility.

Endura MTR Shell Jacket
Dropped tail for extra coverage and more reflective details.



On the Trail

The MTR Shell Jacket has a slim but not skinny fit - that’s a size small in the photos in case you’re wondering - and the size range is generous. Endura has a good track record for realistic, real-world sizing and that is reflected in the good fit of the jacket. That upside of the slim fit is that there’s very little excess fabric to flap in the wind when riding and less fabric means less weight. It also feels very lightweight to wear; there's none of the bulk of chunkier, winter jackets.

The lack of bulk and material weight is a bonus when you’re riding: it’s really comfortable. There’s no restriction of movement at all. The jacket moves with you and the shape around the shoulders and arms is just right, with a good length in the arms to avoid exposed wrists and a dropped tail for bum coverage. The jacket doesn’t provide any insulation, so you do need to layer up to keep warm, but there’s space under the jacket for a base layer and lightweight jersey. I found the hood less than useful. I prefer a headband or skull cap when it’s really cold, but it’s removable should you feel the same way as me. It’s a personal preference. You may really dig hooded jackets.

When it comes to riding in the rain, the MTR Shell Jacket puts in a stellar performance. The three-layer fabric might be thin between the fingers, but it does an excellent job of keeping the rain out. The weather has been abysmal recently and it seems just about every other ride is run out in constant rain. The Endura has been a reliable and trusted shield in such weather. Rain visibly beads off the surface and continues to do so deep into a long ride.


Endura MTR Shell Jacket
Silicone shoulder details for extra durability.

Endura MTR Shell Jacket
It's a slim fit, but well shaped and comfortable.



Testing breathability is a tricky task, but to really put the jacket through its paces I conducted rides in similar conditions and mixed up the layers I was wearing under the jacket to see how it coped. Through the different clothing and riding tests, the MTR comfortably passed my personal breathability tests, which basically amounts to whether I ended up a soggy mess half an hour into a ride or not. I didn’t, nor did I at any point during any rides wearing this jacket.

The breathability is good enough that you can comfortably wear the jacket for an entire ride. For fast-paced rides in warmer conditions, I found a long sleeve top underneath was sufficient to keep the core temperature nicely regulated. Cold rides required another layer; the addition of a short-sleeve, base layer was sufficient to provide the necessary insulation without compromising the breathability.

One of the MTR's strongest assets it its packability--when rolled up and stuffed in a spare pocket, it takes up almost no space nor adds much weight. Even if the weather looks nice at the start of the ride I’ll take the MTR with me just in case everything changes. It’s better to be prepared, and the MTR does a really good job of keeping you dry when the weather takes a turn for the worse. I’ve had no issues with the jacket’s durability so far. The MTR has been through several washes and endured many muddy rides, been dragged through the undergrowth and had a hydration pack sliding around on its back, but it’s showing no sign of wear and tear at all.

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesThere is a huge choice of waterproof jackets, but the Endura strikes a good balance. I like that it's really lightweight and minimalist in design, fits well and is comfortable. It works brilliantly in bad weather with impressive breathability, and all that at a price that really won't break the bank. - David Arthur




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59 Comments

  • + 22
 But does it have a full wave oscillating bridge rectifier? Didn't think so. I'll be on my way...
  • + 6
 If a capacitor could be added to BOOST a METRIC zener diode, would that make you happy?
  • + 2
 @johnnygolucky: Tubes, metal film resistor, ALPS pot, Elna caps, with toroidial transformers. But yes, a nice huge capacitor network would do lovely in the power supply, get nice pure DC Wink

Well, at least it makes ME happy...
  • + 6
 @HerrDoctorSloth: " I'll be on my way..." Where the f*ck are you going? It's winter.
  • + 4
 They replaced it with a flux capacitor.
  • + 1
 You're all wet, dude. Stop, take a breath, and quit sweating the details.
  • + 2
 There's a song by Precious Death called Oscillating Full wave Bridge Rectifiers, but it doesn't appear to be on the net. It's a song about a rocket ship, but I can see where it would apply to a bike jacket, in a reverse action of course.. while doing 360's.. Doesn't say if the jacket is acid resistant though...
  • + 2
 @oldschool43: Hyper-engineered washing machine... if that is the song you are referring to... and it was my inspiration Wink
  • + 1
 @HerrDoctorSloth: Haha... Yep, that's the one... Good one Junior Boy Scout Scientist Guy... Wink
  • + 1
 @HerrDoctorSloth: But does it double down into a 2 ohm load?
  • + 1
 @hodgepodge123: .5 ohm my friend, big transformers!
  • + 11
 An elasticized drop tail is no drop tail at all.
  • + 8
 Cheaper alternatives out there that are just as functional. Waterproofs are great until they rip/tear. Buy cheap,crash more.. Endura fan for a long time, MT rules!
  • + 6
 Am I the only one that absolutely hates elastic bottoms? They ride up like crazy and just end up sitting around my waist after 5 minutes. I'd much rather have a drawstring so I can adjust how it fits.
  • + 9
 Mtb jackets need vents...armpits, back, chest...something somewhere.
  • + 15
 Their MT500 jacket has that. But this one seems to be designed to be light and compact, as in take it with you when the weather is doubtful, since it will fit into the back pockets of your jersey. The MT500 won't. If you already know it will be pouring rain during your whole ride, the MT500 is the jacket to grab. But if the weather is doubtful and you want to bring a proper rain jacket that doesn't feel (breatheability wise) like a plastic bag, the MTR is your best option.

And in both cases I mean best as in the best available on the market for its price, since similar quality jackets from other brands can easily cost twice as much.
  • + 19
 I see 4 vents , 1 where your head comes out , 1 where your body comes out and 2 where your arms come out ! Plenty Wink
  • + 6
 @Matt115lamb: There's a big zippered one down the front you forgot Wink
  • + 9
 Dat ass......
  • + 1
 Love this jacket, perfect for two/three hour XC rides, keeps the rain out, breathes incredible well for a waterproof, good close fitting so no flapping around wasting watts. I have been very impressed with the MTR range from Endura, seems to be far better than some of the previous bits of Endura kit that I have bought.
  • + 1
 This jacket matches up nicely with the road jacket I have from Endura - the FS260 Adrenaline Jacket. Fully seam sealed and water proof and packs down into a ball smaller than your fist...awesome for the sketchy BC weather we get where it starts sunny and ends rainy (basically every day except a couple days in august...lol) It's super light and breathable but very fitted and roadie style, so hestiant to use it for MTB riding. I have the MT500 jacket which is killer quality and waterproof but this new jacket looks like a great option for my hydration bag...gonna have to check it out.
  • + 3
 "that’s a size small in the photos in case you’re wondering - and the size range is generous."

What are the reviewers measurements? That would make a more useful review.
  • + 1
 I hate to be the negetive one in the room but....i have always found Endura stuff to be well designed but utterly short lived. Be it gloves, shorts, tops, overshoes etc. All fell apart in too shorter time. There are too many other good brands out there now such as Ion and Dakine etc that make awesome long lasting kit for the same or less money. Of course others may have had a differant experience!
  • + 1
 my experience has been hit or miss, while working ina shop that sell Endura I got a pair of their pants where the lining started to peel away very quickly and a pair of gloves that the stitching fail after just several rides. I also got a softshell and a different pair of winter gloves that seem to resistant to anything I throw at em - go figure
  • + 3
 Huh. I've got several items from them and all have been superior to other gear I've owned over the years. Hope they dial in the QC...
  • + 3
 Even with recent Goretex fabrics, there's no way I'd buy a rain jacket without pit zips - I've got to be able to regulate air circulation and stay dry (front zip up).
  • + 2
 I have a coated nylon jacket with pit zips and a big flap across the back. Light, cheap and amazing ventilation.
  • + 0
 You'll all be lucky if the thermo-seals, zippers and overall water-proofing last you a full year! I speak from experience. This company is just a ripoff artist. So, stick your daggers into me now -- kill the honest messenger before my truth spreads.
  • + 0
 all water proof jackets need a new DWR coating after a year. A wash with the proper treatment is needed as well.
  • + 1
 @Sshredder: Never would have guess that you must treat the blasted jacket. People really hate the f*cking truth here! I'm just saying buyer be ware! I got ripped off! I didn't take the time to type all the details because most people don't care anyway.
  • + 1
 @lenmerderdenfer: ignorence is bliss i say.
Does not matter how much your breathable jacket cost. They all need treatment after a year. Based on about one ride per week.

If your jacket fell apart at the seams thats another matter.
May i suggest a Lois Garneau plastic jacket .it does not breath but has pit zips!
Pit zips are crucial on jackets used for riding.
The jacket in this review is a bad choice for mountain biking.
Grocery shopping maybe but not for riding.
  • + 1
 @Sshredder: I was being unequivocally factious & facetious when saying, I didn't know that one needs to use impermeable products on these jackets. My Endura jacket's nepoleon pocket thermal welding died after a very short life -- letting a valuable iPod fall on the ground. The thermal sealing tape let loose rather quickly too. The shoulders and folding and frictions zone started to rapidly blister apart. The Internal lettering fell off like wilting flowers. The long front pocket zippers that went form the bottom of the jacket up to the peck nipples were so tight that it didn't take long for them to give out either. As for my Endura water proof pants, they didn't fare any better either. The thermal seals came undone, articulations blister and separated. Leaving me looking as if I had pissed myself. I used some high quality tent sealant, to buy some time, but I really just wasted around 300 to 350 euros on Endura shit. Keep in mind that I take really good care of all my possessions!
  • + 1
 Just so you know -- Nikwax is my jackets best friend.
  • + 2
 @lenmerderdenfer: sarcasm.
Bottom line . these jackets are crap.
I appreciate your concise description of how your jacket fell apart.
This is how consumers can avoid purchasing such crappy garments.
  • + 3
 no pocket no purchase - I've got the MT500 II jacket which is excellent and has a phone/key pocket.
  • + 1
 $200USD and no hood! What good is that? You might as well get a good windbreaker that breaths, is water repellent (with or without DWR) and it's even lighter and more package for almost half the cost.
  • + 3
 Well-priced? $200 for a thin shell with no pockets? No thank you.
  • + 1
 Well if it's anything like their other jackets, this jacket would easily pay for itself with the amount of time you would own it.
  • + 2
 I can't endura nother gear review....just let the snow melt already!!
  • + 2
 Is it endura, or Enduro brah?
  • + 9
 It's Endurahbrah, thank you very much.
  • + 1
 @Endurahbrah: well played sir
  • + 2
 @Endurahbrah: Is that as supportive as a Sportsbrah?
  • + 2
 Humidity and temperature when tested?
  • - 1
 LOVE Endurance stuff. But $200 for a "minimalist " jacket seems a bit absurd. Why not a fully featur d jacket for roughly the same price or less? Fancy outerwear works in skiing but 1 crash on dirt and your shell is toast.
  • + 1
 nice a jacket review that doesn't cost more than my first mtb to buy
  • + 2
 They misspelled Enduro
  • + 18
 It's the feminine version. Enduri is the plural.
  • + 2
 @Powderface: did you just assume my bikes gender????? *TRIGGERED*
  • + 2
 @Powderface: They should have called it Endurissimo.
  • + 2
 I sexually identify as a marzocchi monster T
  • + 1
 @jaycubzz: so triggered brah!
  • + 0
 Skipped right to the comments to see how expensive it was
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