Test winning all-day jacket
The Endura MT500 II jacket offers protection in really foul weather, with a great hood, plenty of ventilation and loads of stretch in the fabric.
There’s a lot that exited us about the MT500, and little that disappointed us, even after we put it through its paces on one of the worst days of the year so far. It’s a great fit – a good compromise between snug yet big enough to get a layer or two underneath – the stretchiness of the fabric adding a lot to this. The sleeves pulled up – no bother – they also rode comfortably over trail pads. Again, the stretch in the fabric meant it didn’t ride up no matter how stretched the riding position.
The hood is awesome – big enough to swallow a helmet – with plenty of adjustment and a useful tab to roll it away when it isn’t needed. It also has a great peak. It has great pitzips that are easy to undo and do up – even more so if you’re using the thumb loops, which then hold the sleeves in position as you do it. It also has good venting pockets, which help spill heat and also contain a glasses/goggles wipe.
It held its own against some horrendous horizontal rain, with no ingress at all, but like all full-on waterproofs on a warm, wet day, it did start to get sweaty inside when working hard.
At 535g, it’s definitely more for wearing all day than carrying just in case, but if ride in the uplands and need to know your waterproof is going to cut it when things get nasty, this one definitely will.
Endura MT500 II jacket women’s version
Huge range of sizes and we love the soft internal cuff.