With the MT500 range Endura has definitely taken a look at the needs of the modern day trail and all-mountain rider. With looser fitting jerseys, liner shorts with leg protection and tough legwear fabrics all on the agenda, this kit is definitely worth a look.
Endura have two new mountainbike packs in their range, along with a roller kit bag that may be of interest for that summer roadtrip. The MT500 Enduro backpack is the star of the show though, so let’s take a look in detail at what it offers.
This pack is aimed at the rider who is out for anything between a few hours and all day. It has a total cargo capacity of 15 Litres (by comparison, the popular Camelbak Mule is 9 Litres) and has a large main compartment with a zipped front pockets and two others, on each side of the broad hip belt. So, plenty of storage for clothing and kit, with easy to access too. The bag we have has a sleeve and hose routing (both left and right) for a hydration system and you can buy this bag with a Hydrapak 3 litre reservoir included for an extra £20.
With ‘Enduro’ in the name, protection has been made a priority too, and Endura have considered this in two ways. First up is a removable spine protector which slides easily in and out of its own sleeve and measures 405mmx170mm. This protector is light, safety certified (to CE 1621-2 Level 2 standard) and constructed from Koroyd, a recycled polymer that has a very high impact absorption. We’ve seen this ‘drinking straw’ like material used before, on the Smith Forefront helmet in the 2016 Dirt 100.
If you’re carrying pads and helmet on a long-haul climb you can strap these on too. Pads can be attached securely to the base of the pack via two quick release adjustable straps. A helmet carry cradle is adjustable and Endura say will carry both a trail and full-face helmet. We feel that a full-face lid may be a bit of a squeeze, especially when the pack is fully loaded but we’ll check this out with various sizes…