Review: Endura MT500 Burner Flat Pedal Shoes

Feb 8, 2024 at 16:41
by Matt Beer  
Endura MT500 Burner Flat Shoes
The Endura MT500 Burners - where scuba gear meets flat pedal shoes.

If there’s a brand that knows about wet weather, it’s the Scottish company, Endura. They entered the footwear market roughly one year ago and have more recently developed a waterproof flat pedal shoe, the MT500 Burner.

Endura's MT500 line of apparel caters towards demanding conditions and these shoes are no different. Wrapped up by a neoprene ankle cuff and lace cover, the flat pedal Burner shoe uses a speed lace forefoot closure and a velcro strap to lock your foot in place, exactly like the clipless version that appeared first. The exterior materials appear smooth and durable, yet the inside is soft and cushioned.
Endura MT500 Burner Details

• StickyFoot Grip and Dura rubber sole
• Speed Lace system & Velcro strap
• Lace cover and ankle gaiter
• Reinforced toe and heel box protection
• Sizes: EU 38-47 / US 6-13 / UK 5-12 (half sizes 6.5-10.5)
• Weight: 442 grams (per shoe, size 42)
• MSRP: $189.99 USD / £159.99 GBR
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On the underside of the sole lies a dual-tread design which uses the StickyFoot Grip and Dura compounds. The lugs on the heel and toe use the harder wearing Dura rubber to dig in while hiking, while the Grip compound is placed in the pedal contact zone and features a tighter-spaced tread.

The shoes come in black or an extremely-not discrete bright orange and retail for $189 USD / £159 GBR. In terms of the size range, the limited to 38-47 EU, but there are half sizes available between 39-43 EU.

Endura MT500 Burner Flat Shoes
No matter how impervious the rest of the shoe is to water, having adequate overlap between the cuff and pants is the key to staying dry. The MT500 Burners have plenty of real estate in that area without being restrictive or tricky to slid into.
Endura MT500 Burner
I thought the material was pilling up after the first ride, but later discovered that these raised bumps were intended. As you'd imagine, they're tingly and mildly annoying to stand on.

FIT

Plush isn’t a word you’d typically use to describe bike shoes, but there’s an element of that when you step into the Burners, again drawing back to that surf bootie feel. Fitting them does require some finagling to keep the velcro bits from sticking together, however, that’s a small price to pay for keeping mud and water out.

In terms of length and width, I’d label them as true to size in both directions, giving my 42/EE foot more than enough space. The volume is plentiful as well, even with a wool riding sock. I needed to pull the speed lace fully closed, nearly touching the two sides together. It’s worth noting the arch height is similar to Shimano, or on the lower side of Specialized shoes.

The closures and fit ward off any heel lift, primarily due to the forefoot strap that locks it down. Similar to the Shimano GF800GTX shoes, the shallow heel feels slightly vulnerable to rolling and would prefer that it rests deeper in the shoe. If cinched down tightly, that strap can cut into the forefoot when hiking up steep grades; mind you, I never had any issues when pedalling in the Burners.

Endura MT500 Burner Flat Shoes
Locked and loaded; the MT500 Burners stay tight and are well-shielded.
Endura MT500 Burner
The tread has proper traction on the heel and toe for hiking. The pedal platform has a tighter, lower profile design for consistent grip, albeit, not the tackiest.

PERFORMANCE

Throughout the test period, I spent days hiking, digging, and pedaling in the Burners and found them to be grippy on and off the bike, comfortable to wear for extended periods of time, and very sufficient for cold, wet rides.

Claims of being waterproof and breathable are often overshot, but I never found the Burners to turn on the clammy, greenhouse effect. Through the worst soakings, the Burners keep your feet warm, similarly to a wet suit. Even during a -10°C cold snap, I returned with toasty toes.

That extra layering, combined with a stiffer sole and tough exterior makes them slightly duller underfoot. For some riders though, they may be looking for this type of freedom to move around the pedals. With extra long pins the StickyFoot Grip is soft enough for extra long pins to sink into for a secure hold.

Off the bike, the tread pattern and rubber is reassuring when hiking through mud, snow, or dense brush, which is one downside to Five Ten’s dotted sole.

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Shimano GF800GTX
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Five Ten Trailcross GTX

Pricing and Comparison

Finally, after what seems like forever, there is a worthy selection of waterproof flat pedal shoes on the market and some of the best come from the usual suspects. The Shimano GF800GTX and Five Ten Trailcross GTX have been favorites in the past, but their price points are $10 and $30 USD above the $189 Endura MT500 Burners.

To be fair, Burners design and construction are much different. They’re far more robust in terms of coverage and support with their high ankle cuff and dual closure system. They aren’t as vulnerable to splashing through deep river crossings and are considerably warmer. It really takes a full dunk for the Burners to get wet, and even then the materials hold heat impressively, which can’t be the same for the GF800s.

The grip doesn’t latch on like Five Ten’s Stealth Rubber and is still less than the GF800GTXs. Granted, not everyone is looking for maximum grip. Staying warmer and drier may be a trade off some riders are willing to sacrifice for a marginal loss in traction.

Compared to the two competitors mentioned above, the sole is a tad thicker and stiffer. The downside there is a less connected feel with slightly less control.

Endura MT500 Burner Flat Shoes
Endura MT500 Burner

DURABILITY

Winter took a turn from being mild and soggy to dry and cold around the New Year here in Squamish. Post-ride clean ups have led to the Burners being hosed down and placed on the boot dryer regularly.

On the exterior of the shoe, all of the seams are holding solid while the velcro tabs and speed lace closures haven’t lost their bite. The shell materials have staved off the odd nick from pedal pins and given a helping kick to some ground tools while tuning up the trails. Inside though, the material used to line the foot bed has small bumps which feel odd, especially when wearing thin socks.

So far, the sole has held up well to even the nastiest pins from the Tectonic Altar pedals. Should anything go wrong with the Burners, Endura offers a 90-day guarantee on any MT500 series product.




Pros

+ They do a great job of keeping water out
+ Should they get fully submerged, the Exoshell FW neoprene material keeps your feet warm
+ Excellent grip for hiking/pushing the bike

Cons

- Not the stickiest sole rubber
- Bumps on footbed are annoying
- Some riders may want a more flexible shoe for improved control/feel




Pinkbike's Take

bigquotesEndura hasn't messed around when they set out to build solid footwear for harsh environments. For flat-pedal enthusiasts, the MT500 Burners may not have the same dexterity or tackiness as their competitors. When paired up with ultra-grippy pedals, though, they're still sticky enough to charge confidently and are excellent at staving off the winter elements. Matt Beer


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35 Comments
  • 26 0
 For when you want to seal your feet off from the outside world, but still want the feeling of rocks in your shoes.
  • 18 3
 Seal being the correct word - because with these fuckers on you'll be a flipper looking mother fucker
  • 7 4
 190.00 for less grip than 5ten. Nope
  • 11 1
 I tried the Endura MT 500 Burner, the Shimano GF 800 GTX, the Fizik Terra Nanuq GTX, and the Vaude AM Moab Mid winter STX cycling shoe. My winter riding is typiclaly teens to forties farenheit, snow and ice, mud, some rain. The Shimano's fit like a glove, probably best suited to wet riding with immersion, and in warmer climes. The Endura fit more like a boot, retention and waterproofing are a bit better than the Shimano, but it's not particularly warm. The Fizik is a boot, best suited for alpine riding in adverse conditions. I would have kept this shoe, BUT, it needs a higher and more robust cuff, and it could use an instep strap. The Vaude is built like an oversixed riding shoe, think Shimano on steroids. The Vaude were the warmest, had the stoutest cuff, an instep strap, and they are very well built. The toe box is relatively flat, so fat toes need to order up a size. I kept the Vaude.
  • 3 0
 My experience with the Vaude ist also really good. It is so warm in the cold and wet but I still wore them on Bikepark days sometimes because the ankle protection is so good. Even in the Bikepark on summer days the shoe didn't feel too warm. Just excellent protection from the wet with really good breathability
  • 3 0
 Haven't tried the other shoes but the Vaude AM Moab Mid has been awesome for me in the PNW. Highly recommended.
  • 1 0
 Great review. I would benefit from a dedicated winter/wet shoe. Endura gear is quality stuff. Meanwhile settling for year round reliance on 510 Impact Pro (hi- and low-tops). Not waterproof, but they keep feet dry on wet rides as long as it isn't raining. For slop and snow I wear a breathable waterproof pair of socks. Ride on.
  • 1 0
 Slightly different opinion, but I bought some Sealskinz waterproof socks and wore them with my usual shoes. Warm dry feet were the result, plus the usual grip from my flats. You do need trousers to prevent water from going in the top of the sock, but just to say that there are cheaper ways to have dry feet of you don't have the cash to buy bespoke winter boots...
  • 1 0
 The Vaude’s are a strange one. The way they go about their business is different to most others but they definitely kick ass! Absolutely love mine.
  • 7 3
 I know it's not the same, but if you are a cheap bastard, Scotchguard a pair of beat van hi-tops and use bags as sock liners. It'll get you through if you're racing in the rain.
  • 2 1
 Bonus points if you buy them from a thrift store!
  • 5 1
 A pair of Five Ten Freeriders at MEC is currently $15 less than a pair of Vans at Foot Locker. Apply Scotchguard and use bags as sock liners in those instead.
  • 1 1
 Only works if you don't ride in cold conditions.
  • 2 2
 So keep the water out but fill plastic bags full of sweat inside your shoes? You might as well just spend decent money on one good pair of riding shoes with good support and let them get wet some days.
  • 2 0
 Just get a pair of Sealskinz winter waterproof socks, and wear whatever shoes you like (but size up your shoes half a size). Breathable too, no sweat even on hot days.
  • 1 0
 @LemonadeMoney: sealskin socks are wonderful, highly recommend them.
  • 2 0
 I owned a pair of Five Ten Five Ten Trailcross GTX and really like them. The only down size is a little tricky to get into but i don't mind, the issue for me is i feel to much ventilation around the toes and they get cold cold in around sub 40 F weather. I have used them in some serious downpours and keep me bone dry, will check the Endura out once this pair is done.
  • 1 0
 I have the MT500 Burner clipless version and it's an impressive shoe. Very high build quality, it's absolutely waterproof and very comfortable. Need to get the velcro ankle strap snug to prevent heel lift. Only potential issue is aesthetics- I prefer to wear the shoes with pants that aren't too tight around the ankle so the top of the shoe is covered. Otherwise you end up with a hyper skinny jeans look.
  • 1 0
 Well the are like the 5/10 look alike,and if they are has near has them they are absolutely a piece of fashion,to soft ,to loose ,the grip not has near has the others and in the end they will soak up like the rest (yes they are lighter ),like the other joke of the so call sock water proof,whe you catch some real rain we would have cows feet’s ,all a joke
  • 2 0
 Nice that they seem pretty warm. Several water resistant flats on the market, but only a couple that are good for cold (which is far more my issue where I live).
  • 1 1
 What was that? "The tread has proper traction on the heel and toe for hiking. The pedal platform has a tighter, lower profile design for consistent grip, albeit, not the tackiest.?" (along with ankle protection to keep dirt out & lacing covering) EXCELLENT!!! Traction for walking is INDICATIVE of a PROPER MTB shoe!!! I do worry about warm weather overheating though... BUT this is THE FIRST MTB shoe that I am CERTAIN I would buy!!! XD
  • 5 2
 These look like a foot furnace
  • 1 0
 Is that actual weight, or claimed weight? 442g seems pretty light for a flat shoe with all that extra material.
  • 1 0
 still no womens size 6. impossible to find a good winter shoe in smaller sizes.
  • 1 0
 Sad face from those of us with massive feet. Frown
Lucky 5 ten have that covered.
  • 3 0
 Shoes made for Penmachno
  • 2 1
 Mountain biking has gotten really dorky. It always was, but it's just getting worse.
  • 1 0
 Pair of seal skin socks the only job for it, your feet get wet but stay warm
  • 2 1
 these look like the "cloudy with a chance of meatballs" spray on shoes...
  • 2 0
 Well they're ugly.
  • 1 0
 May as well wear a pair of Blundstones.
  • 1 0
 Shoes only a mother could love
  • 1 0
 Gross
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