First Look: Endura's Updated MT500 Waterproof Line

Sep 16, 2020
by Daniel Sapp  

Endura have released an updated and overhauled edition of their top-tier MT500 Waterproof line of clothing. The MT500 Waterproof jacket, onesie, shorts, and trousers have all been designed to hold up to full-day riding in harsh conditions.



MT 500 Waterproof Jacket
The MT500 Waterproof Jacket is available in a Men's and Women's cut and retains all of the features from the previous models while receiving a number of functional updates.

There are numerous pockets along with vents and an adjustable hood. The fit is slightly slimmer. There are two-way zips on the front pockets that double as vents. The hood construction and adjustment system are updated so the hood can function with and without a helmet on.

The shell utilizes an ExoShell40DR and has a fully seam-sealed construction to allow for plenty of breathability while protecting from the elements.



The ExoShell40DR fabric has the same breathability as the standard ExoShell40 but with more durability (hence the DR designation), for more aggressive riding. The more durable outer layer is paired with a soft touch, high wicking mesh inner layer to move moisture away from the skin.

The ExoShell40DR is treated with an environmentally friendly PFC-free DWR treatment. The fabric is certified as having been made in a way that eliminates harmful substances from the supply chain which ensures the products are safe for people and the environment, according to Endura.





MT 500 Waterproof Onesie II
The MT 500 Waterproof Pone Piece II is designed to be a do-it-all, foul-weather onesie. The suit carries over the one-piece, split front design for maximum mud protection and comfortable fit.

There have been some major changes made to the construction around the rear of the jacket with the tail now extending further down. There's a gusseted attachment to the waistband to improve fit by creating less pulling and allowing for more height accommodation. The onesie looks like a separate top and bottom more than before and the rear area also benefits from improved waterproofing.




MT500 Waterproof Trouser II & MT500 Waterproof Short II
Endura's new trouser and short have been updated with the new and more durable ExoShell40DR fabric along with a styling update to match the rest of the new MT500 waterproof line.

The 3-layer waterproof fabric has a fully seam-sealed construction and is pre-shaped for an on-bike articulated fit that doesn't restrict movement. There are water-resistant hand pockets, an extra durable seat panel, belt loops, and a zippered fly popper closure. They are knee pad compatible.

The MT500 Waterproof Trouser II has long length 2-way water repellent side zips at the thigh height whcih make the trousers easy to get off and on. The top half of the zips double as thigh vents with mesh gussets.










76 Comments

  • 43 0
 Dancing for rainy riding weather here in the PNW. It cant come soon enough.
  • 9 0
 And for so cal too(autumn-spring is the main mtb season here!!)
  • 8 0
 And Utah.... send the rain please.
  • 2 0
 Amen, brother!
  • 4 0
 @WasatchGT: can we just say anything west of Kansas needs rain?
  • 7 0
 I waxed my skis this weekend instead
  • 1 0
 Amen
  • 3 0
 First rainy day in months here in the Sierra de Madrid, sending rainy vibes over the Ocean!
  • 1 0
 @Theguyfromthealps: gracias, we should start getting some showers today and Pacific wind tomorrow.
  • 19 0
 Daniel Sapp: the reluctant model.
  • 3 0
 must have been an obligation by Endura, German model also quite reluctant:
www.mtb-news.de/news/neue-endura-mt500-jacke-2021-infos-preise
  • 2 0
 I feel for him. Last time (with the body armour) there where so many comments about his face, they now trimmed his head off the picture. It is tough being a top model.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: The face of a hand model is a tough way to earn a living.

(just kidding, Daniel. Maybe have someone give you a hug before the next shoot)
  • 1 1
 If you put a gun to my head and forced me to guess a color that DSapp was wearing at any given point in time, I'd guess mustard brown every single time.
  • 16 0
 Daniel's clearly still not gotten over the last photo shoot
  • 7 0
 Sad Sapp.
  • 11 0
 Unsure I'll bother. Literally just sent an MT500 II back to Endura under warranty. Outside of jacket was fine, the innards of it however, literally shredded like tissue paper. The taped seams also all came unstuck despite washing it as the recommended machine settings. Also found their cleaner/reproofer didnt do much at all to reproof the jacket, and tbh Nikwax didnt either, still wets out. To put into context too...the coat was only worn around 20 times in the year and a bit that Ive owned it. Surprised to see its now exo40 (as opposed to exo60) in the prev versions. Absolutely disappointed with it, especially after reading so many reviews and putting it above other brands when making the choice back then. Plus the price has raised by £40...jeezo
  • 2 0
 Yeah their seam taping and membrane don't last - I'm on the third pair of pants for the same reason
  • 2 0
 I’ve had to send back 4 MT500 jackets for warranty not great quality at all I’m afraid
  • 1 0
 Same - appears to be a common issue with endura jackets. After continuing to occur despite warranties, I ended up cutting off all the seam tape and running it as a not so waterproof jacket.
  • 1 0
 I've had two pairs of MT500 shorts and I'll never buy another product from Endura. Had to send the first pair back because it showed up with a cut in the leg. Took the second pair for a ride and first crash in them ripped a seam. Wasn't even close to riding at full speed either. I'm sticking with Leatt jackets for the wet...
  • 9 0
 Why people buy MTB branded stuff is beyond me. But something from climbing/outdoor brands with gore text or event and never look back.
  • 2 0
 Ever tried to ride in outdoor trousers? The pockets are in stupid positions and the panel on the back does not take saddle abuse very well. Also anything for outdoor I tried on the bike I boiled myself in my own sweat, it may take a hailstorm while on the side of a cliff but the breathability is quite poor.
  • 2 0
 yeah nah, crotch is always too low. I've eaten shit too many times from getting stuck behind the seat on a steep rock roll. And I still wear em, cuz well, MTB specific gear is expensive AF.
  • 7 1
 Let's see if it lasts better than Exo60 which was crap as hell. Little branches would rip the material. Massive oversight considering its supposed to be and MTB jacket really. Hard to justify spending £230 for jacket and £170 for trousers when you remember how poor other ones lasted.
  • 5 0
 Colorwise - looks awesome, so you will not look like riding pajamas...

but WTF where are breathability / waterproof numbers, how the user suppose to understand? MTB industry so behind
  • 1 0
 Mad isn't it. Ive just been shopping around for a new jacket. Can't belive how many companies don't have this information in the descriptions.
  • 1 0
 The breathability / waterproof numbers may not be included in the article but Endura provides them on their website for every membrane equipped item, go have a look.
  • 3 0
 Just ordered the MT500 trouser II, expensive but my other hack was my off brand rainpants that got caight in my chain ring and ripped from the knee down. Rode two seasons like that and I figure its time to try the real thing.
  • 6 0
 Since it's branded as mtb-related I expect a 1000% upcharge on the price.
  • 5 0
 The RRP price of the jacket has gone up yet again, yet the waterproof rating and breathability rating have been reduced.
  • 1 1
 Check out Decathalon's hiking section. They have an almost idnetical jacket to this one and its around €35.
  • 1 0
 @Daire: Which one is that then?
  • 4 0
 @abrooks: it's the Quecha NH500. £30 and its a great riding jacket. Been using it here in Ireland on some miserable wet spins recently and it's been comfortable, breathable and dry. You also dont cry if you crash and tear it. www.decathlon.co.uk/p/men-s-country-walking-waterproof-jacket-nh500-imper/_/R-p-302492
  • 1 0
 @Daire: how do you find it not having the dropped back to straight front shape. I was looking at these types of coat but i worry they will just ride up on the lower back once on the bike and then you get a soaked lower back
  • 1 0
 @kmreid66: Looks like it does have a slight dropped back. I have to ask the same question though, as clearly it doesn't drop as much a dedicated bike jacket. They do look good though, especially for the money.
  • 3 0
 Dunno about you but 2,000 in waterproof stats is a hell of a lot less than the 20,000 Endura claim I ride with their £60 jacket and it’s been amazing and 10,000 waterproof @Daire:
  • 2 0
 I know technical fabrics are expensive, but if I buy a hiking jacket, etc for the £420 like the dirt suit, then I'd buy it hoping to get a good 5 winters out of it. If I bought the dirt suit, in the back of my mind I'd have massive doubts over it stretching to two purely based on what riding kit is subjected to. Such a shame, I wish we could get more out of riding kit if a premium is spent
  • 1 0
 Where did you get the 420 price quote for the dirt suit? I paid not even half of that.
  • 4 0
 @wowbagger: That's the listed retail on Bikerumor's article on the onesie.

@pinkbike Hey guys, including waterproof rating, pricing, and breathability on clothing is kind of the bare minimum you could include.
  • 2 0
 @sherbet: thx, i had missed that there's an Endura Dirt Suit as well, i was referring to the Dirtlej Dirtsuit, my bad.
  • 2 0
 I've just sent a Fox jacket back which fell to bits with minimal use. I'm going to buy an Alpkit jacket. They're a great UK outdoor brand and have 4 different waterproof jackets depending on your budget. Cheapest is £70 up to £230 for the top end.
  • 2 0
 I hope the durability aspect of this one works. Tore the last one over the toggle in the pocket after a minor off the first time I wore it. Endura patched it, but overall for £200 the material feel like tissue paper. Not a jacket to wear to the likes of Antur, Revs or Dyfi.
  • 2 0
 I'm on my second MT500 jacket in 2 and a half years. The first was replaced under warranty because it was leaking water everywhere and literally falling apart after 9 months. Bear in mind, I live in Spain, it doesn't rain very often over here. Customer service was awesome and gave me a brand new jacket, which stopped repelling rainwater after 4 rides. And yes, I did use Endura's own re-proofer. To be honest, I didn't have a great experience with their products but their customer service is good.
  • 1 0
 I've got the current MT-500. I can't say enough good things about it, but I do have two niggles ...zipper is on the wrong side for American lads so they need a Yankee version. The hood fitting over the helmet is awesome when you want a hood to fit over your helmet but its a bit big on windy days off the bike.
  • 2 0
 It's been scientific proven that skinny black jeans and a t shirt increase riding ability by about 300%. Based on my observations that da youth who shred always seem to wear that attire.
  • 1 0
 need breathability spec and spectrum of temperature to use it in while riding. Most jackets are too hot as if it never rains when its 10*C+ lol industry needs jacket from -20*C for fatbike to 25*C+ summer riding
  • 3 0
 Pfft. I’m wearing a Wal-Mart shirt I found in the garbage can and the garbage bag it came in. Cost me nothing.
  • 4 0
 But its not gortex so good luck
  • 2 0
 the last orange one was boil in the bag like, i have a 100£ berghaus with goretex that works much better with heat management
  • 3 0
 Hope the coating wont fell apart after few rides
  • 3 0
 Sign me up for a Pone Piece.
  • 2 0
 I'm in dire need of some nice waterproof riding pants for PNW winter riding. Are these the ones? Help me!
  • 1 0
 I have a pair of their "Baggy" shorts and they are far and above my favorite pair of riding shorts. Kudos Endura, keep up the great work!
  • 3 0
 Sickkkk
  • 3 0
 nice !
  • 1 0
 Try the dirtlej stuff, half the price, much better quality. Their dirt suit is amazing
  • 1 0
 Thanks for the suggestion. I can get a full Dirtsuit for the price of these pants. Unfortunately they don't seem to have a ditributor in the USA but I'll email them and see what shipping from Germany will cost.
  • 1 0
 @WalrusRider: The stuff is really superb!
A shame they don’t have a distributor for the states so far, but I met the owners a few weeks back on a bike trip and they want to grow slowly (what is actually a good thing), so I guess it will take some time.

Actually it would be great if pinkbike could do a review of the dirt suit!!!
  • 1 0
 @Germanmike:there are multiple shops in the us that distribute including the shop i work for
  • 1 0
 These look amazing! Detachable legs and arms are a nice addition.
  • 1 0
 I just took a look and I wish there was somewhere I could try it on. By the measurements on their website I look like a L, but when I enter my height and weight they recommend XXL. :/
  • 1 0
 Cool video but a little too Michael Bay for me. How about you show the product, its features, its fit, in daylight also?
  • 1 0
 All the taped seams on my jacket came unstuck after about 6 months. I wont be buying Endura again.
  • 1 0
 Endura mtb gloves on ebay for $100...what?
  • 1 0
 Jacket looks dialed...a back vent of sorts maybe desired.
  • 1 0
 @danielsapp Any idea of the inseam on the pants?
  • 1 0
 From what i hear, living in Brevard NC that jacket will get a lot of use.
  • 1 0
 tis a rainforest. fun fun fun
  • 1 0
 Rain you mean every weekend in the UK ever
  • 1 1
 Dope threads. Liking how that hood goes over the helmet on the jacket.
  • 1 0
 DuPont
  • 1 0
 Ginger camouflage
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