Pinkbike Awards 2015: Best Gear or Accessory

Feb 8, 2016
by Pinkbike Staff  
new MTB awards logo 2015
Best Gear or Accessory Winner

Endura MT500 Waterproof Jacket II

Best Gear or Accessory is a new category, which is intended to showcase standout products that play an important supporting role in the mountain bike riding experience. Winter set in hard and fast shortly after we announced the nominations, which probably led to the almost unanimous vote for Scotland-based Endura's MT500 Waterproof Jacket II.

UK riders are infamous for shrugging off miserable weather, and this is also where one of Pinkbike's largest concentration of members hail from. Our winning jacket is designed and tested in Scotland, a country that surely holds the worldwide patent on bad weather. Mother Nature, however, does not recognize human law nor political boundaries. Any rider who has been forced to endure a long pedal under dark skies, freezing temperatures, and torrential rain or snow has wished for a jacket like the MT500. It costs a bundle ($299.99), but how much would you be willing to pay to enjoy ride after ride in conditions that would send almost everyone else running for home?

Tyler Horton static clothing shots
Colin Meagher photo

Piinkbike's winter gear reporter said: "I wore this in some fairly nasty weather, and it’s safe to say that this is the kind of jacket one could almost comfortably venture out into a hurricane with. The breathability was unbelievable. On extended climbs, both the pocket vents and the pit zips allowed for core cooling without sacrificing too much defense against whatever Mother Nature was throwing at me. The inner cuff with the thumb loops also helped keep the elements away from me, and all the zippers could easily be used with gloves on. Additionally, the jacket (despite the inner cuffs) could be put on or taken off relatively easily with gloves on."

The person who coined the adage: "There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear," must have envisioned the MT500 Waterproof Jacket II.

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  • 159 2
 Never had the need for any MTB rain gear because the trail nazis would have a public hanging around here if they found out their IMBA trails were ridden on in the rain!
  • 17 3
 I find myself in a similar situation, we have local facebook pages designated to trail condition updates/hazing and complaining about anyone who so much as looks at a puddle on the prestigious IMBA certified trail systems.

Needless to say, I have rarely rode in mud
  • 28 1
 Can we rally some push back on this front. It's overblown nonsense 90% of the time. If a trail has proper grade reversals its hardly an issue at all, ever.
  • 23 5
 Build your own trails! Then you can ride/do whatever the hell you want
  • 5 0
 Sounds like the DORBA gang around Dallas!
  • 5 2
 That's why mtbers should move to Tucson. Great trail conditions almost every day of the year! Mud is an extreme rarity, just watch out for the cacti!
  • 13 3
 I understand their point though. They organize trail maintenance days and barely anyone shows up but some people seem to make it a point to ride in the mud. It's ok if you don't want to do trail maintenance but don't make it harder for people who do if you don't contribute. Most of the trail maintenance people are volunteers and they have limited time and resources so they'd much rather build new sections or improve existing ones (or just ride their bikes) than repair the same ones all the time because some people couldn't wait long enough after a rainfall.
  • 14 0
 Where I live it's much more of a "look at me I built 5ft of trail for IMBA" let's post to IG and brag about how I volunteer. Instead of, I build in my area so we have great trails to ride for years to come! Then when someone builds a berm on a high-speed area of trail, those same people tear it down and condemn it as a trail inconvenience. How are we suppose to have a trail system that people travel to ride if everything that is fun is torn down??? #WhereMTBOriginated...
  • 3 1
  • 2 0
 Colorado granite dust trails ride okay in the wet. Kansas turns into peanut butter when it rains.
  • 17 0
 If we avoided our trails in the UK during bad weather we'd never get to ride and probably wouldn't have so many rippers coming out of our little island/s. Some repair work can be necessary but more than anything attention to drainage and run off is needed when working on features. If anything it makes the trail more interesting when things firm up again in the summer. I'm sure it is very different elsewhere for various reasons but I've always thought the idea of not riding in the wet an odd one.
  • 6 0
 made in Scotland?

nope, made in China for sure...they make the limited run clothing in Scotland like custom team clothing, or short runs of out of stock items
  • 1 0
 This whole thread is making me feel really awkward and two faced being I totally agree with you guys yet I'm wearing IMBA's "long live long ride" socks....
  • 1 0
 I personally enjoy trails so eroded that they reached the rock bed. Makes for some interesting rock slab riding. On the other hand, I've seen crazy rutted trails that were pretty much impossible to ride. It depends a lot on the terrain and how much effort people willing to put to keep the trails in decent shape.
  • 1 0
 The problem isn't riding in the wet, it's that IMBA's trailbuilding standards are really bad.Instead of accepting that they pretend that the problem is the world, not their 3 ring binder. The trails we build here in Scotland last years of hard use in conditions you need a snorkel to ride in- though at the moment there's less mud, because of the snow and ice. Still rather eat my own head than buy Endura though.
  • 1 0
 What the heck is trail maintenance? In Finland we have like 4 trails that have some maintenance. Others are just tracks born by enough people walking the same route... But yeah, I know how bad the tracks can get when ridden while soft and muddy, so I switched to fatbike partly to minimize the damage (plus it's a bit easier to ride the more gnarly parts than with my old hardtail).
  • 2 0
 @NiceAndSlow: you're a bit late to the party mate
  • 46 3
 HOLD ON, HOLD ON.....WHOA WHOA WHOA. Of all of the awesome shit that came out in 2015.....a jacket won?!?!?!?!?! I think im doing something wrong with my life....
  • 44 13
 Seriously. A 300 dollar banana-slug looking, posh BMW-driving, hedge-fund managing, caviar slurping, yacht sailing piece of crap. F-that "accessory".
  • 9 2
 Best comment ever
  • 7 2
 agreed mind as well spend the cash on a Patagonia or Arctyrex.
  • 13 0
 and it doesn't even have water bottle cage mounts...Tha Fuq
  • 6 1
 you forgot "douchebag". Yacht sailing douchebag.
  • 3 10
flag poah (Feb 9, 2016 at 2:38) (Below Threshold)
 so other than you @wp38 what came out in 2015 that is worthy of the best Gear or Accessory award.
  • 4 6
 My Arc'teryx goretex has served me very well. For a 500 piece of gear its worth it. I kept it in my truck for a few years as my go to jacket for cold and wet days. Now i wear it more on the farm, but it works great and has never let me down. It doesn't match the 535's paint but I'm ok with that.

....what's with the bmw hate? Were you that impatient guy behind me when I gave that homeless guy my last $5 and a bag of fresh squash (market left overs)?
  • 3 1
 Yeah that homeless guy is gunna have a great time eating raw squash.
  • 2 4
 He actually asked how he could cook it on his camp stove. So yeah, he'll be fine.
  • 32 3
 There's at least four people in the comments that can't afford this jacket.
  • 4 14
flag torero (Feb 8, 2016 at 15:45) (Below Threshold)
 Yes, too many parasites in the world.
  • 9 0
 Probably more than 4 ppl. Thats why theres the marmot precip for $100
  • 3 0
 good call @gunners1 ....$69 at REI on sale....thanks
  • 5 0
 Well we all know @terero the sheep will be buying this product!
  • 26 4
 Cool a middle aged bloke in an anorak, when i was in my twenties riding BMX we threw mud at people like this when they showed up at our trails now this look is the pinnacle of what I aspire to, apparently.
  • 20 0
 It might be worth $299, but when I lay it down in the rocks and I have a $299 rag.
  • 7 7
 and when you crash and break your 6k bike you'll have a 6k lump of resin or metal.
  • 19 1
 You k,ow what I like more than waterproof jackets? Knaaawledge.
  • 4 0
 47 jackets in my jacket account!
  • 4 0
 It wasn't that long ago that I was riding in a little $300 dollar jacket while it was raining in the hollywood hills
  • 2 0
 Only 17 in my closet. :/
  • 3 0
 You'll get there! You just need to install bookshelves in your garage, and fill them with self help books, and then only read the cliff notes for each of those books! Then you'll have a Lamborghini! And knaaawledge!
  • 12 0
 If you ride where wet is normal a good bit of the year then money on a good jacket is well spent. I realize that isn't the case many places in the world but here in southwest BC it's nice to have a good jacket.
  • 1 0
 I lived in north-east England and even little kids walked round in gore-tex jackets, first thing you buy/get when you grow up in a climate where its fricking cold and wet whilst everyone else is sunbathing
  • 11 0
 Oh Pinkbike you love fucking with us.....great work.
  • 6 1
 Wow! Can't believe all the neg comments here. I ride my mtb to work everyday in all conditions in the northeast US. I actually begin my commute in 200 meters of rock garden. I can tell you that cheap rain gear sucks. Period. I've got Costco stuff, and LL Vean stuff and it's crap. It doesn't breathe it leaks etc. if your really gonna be out in the elements and mucking about... Then yeah, you need good gear. Come off it guys. There's reason it costs what it does. This jacket has aridivulpusly high waterproof rating and the highest breath ability numbers out there. Yes, you need breath ability in mtb because it's one of the most sweat inducing caloric intensive activities out there. Why the hell do you think we all crave beer so much. Quick calorie replacement. Duh.
  • 12 6
 There is no such thing as a bad gear award just a bad Pinkbike gear award. At least it wasn't grips, though they would be more practical for the majority of Pinkbike users
  • 4 0
 I ride in north van in the rain... if i tried to climb fromme in a rain jacket i'd have it off in five minutes because i'd be sweating profusely. i can see the purpose for a good rain jacket on a day trip, but it would spend a good part of the day rolled up in my pack. is it just me? this jacket would be fantastic for my commute, but on the trails?
  • 4 0
 As a dude that lives in the seattle area, im stoked on a decent rain jacket, as that is about 90 percent of our weather, however i definitely understand how this also doesnt apply to labout 90 percent of pinkbike users haha
  • 3 0
 Meh, even in the worst Welsh weather I'd just wear merino/polyprop and get wet. Way Better and cheaper. Spending any time sweating hard in a bin bag - regardless of how 'breathable' it is results in being wet. Only its the wet that smells of sweat instead of lovely mud and rain. You know why? Cos it's sweat.
  • 4 0
 It must suck to be Canadian or American and told you can't ride trails in the wet. Here in Britain we don't give a toss, in fact we love the mud!
  • 4 0
 No choice but to embrace the mud in the UK. Great fun and makes you a better rider. If it was fairweather only there's about 10 riding days a year.
  • 2 1
 I always ride in the rain, even if the trail network says opposite. They are trying to save "their trails" not nature. Nature takes care of her own.
  • 6 1
 Real talk That jacket is dope
  • 1 0
 I was on the market 2 weeks ago for a new jacket after putting a non-repairable hole on my Sugoi jacket. I could not muster the money on a mountain bike jacket that can easily be destroyed with a single crash. Ended up going with a Pearl Izumi Wxb jacket for $120.
  • 4 0
 I thought Yoga pants would get a run for sure ????
  • 1 0
 Just bought one of these recently and a long search for the perfect rain jacket for the Pacific NW is over. Very much waterproof but incredibly breathable for a sweat hog like me.
  • 14 11
 Really a jacket.........?
  • 15 11
 Trash bag does the same
  • 3 0
 Trash bag has no shame
  • 4 0
 why not add the pants?
  • 2 0
 if u ride in the cold rain this jackets probably a life race face is.
  • 3 0
 I was gong to do a Monty Python quote but it's only a jacket...
  • 4 2
 hmmm, they must have omitted "NOTE: This is a sponsored news piece for Pinkbike advertisers" from this one...
  • 1 0
 No close ups of the actually product just some dude in the sticks wearing it. Oh wait there is a pic of some neon fabric wicking water droplets.
  • 1 2
 Surely I would have thought the brilliant Bell Super 2R helmet or the ingenious Park Tool ATD-1 Torque Driver would take the win. But no, an overly priced rainjacket won (this is coming from a guy who just bought a M16C in Norway). Of which there's a plethora of cheaper and at least as good, if not even better, options out there.
  • 2 0
 Lots of complaints... so what's the readers choice award for best 2015 product?
  • 2 1
 Riding jackets should be old and/or cheap with duct tape patches. If you're worried about getting a little moist stay home. $300 riding jacket. Bonkers.
  • 3 0
  • 2 2
 this is the best they could come up with ???
Bike packing bags would of been a better choice then a plastic jacket with fancy zippers .
  • 2 0
 He looks like he's ready to go water blast his house
  • 1 1
 It might be almost $300 but that's far more affordable than your average mid to high end bike. I can't imagine anyone moaning if a Santacruz won bike of the year...
  • 3 1
 technology. USB enabled?
  • 5 4
 I like it. Short. No sugar coat to this article
  • 1 0
 I want to look like that guy.. why?

P.S. I'll take the bike too.
  • 1 0
 You want to look like him because he is riding his bike in the pic, even in the rain bike trumps keyboard any day.
  • 5 4
  • 1 0
 Nice jacket
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