MBUK's Most Wanted (2020) – #3 Wet-weather gear: Endura MT500 waterproof suit
Say goodbye to soggy chammies
You can enjoy winter riding a whole heap more with the right kit. Wearing a separate jacket (see our grouptest in MBUK 376) and waterproof shorts/trousers is all well and good, but for ultimate protection a waterproof combo or onesie is where it’s at – if you don’t mind the looks!
This Endura ‘suit’ is made from their ExoShell 60 fabric, which boasts impressive breathability (64,000g/m²/24hr) and waterproofing (18,000mm). It fuses a jacket and riding pants together with a sealed back panel, so no water can spray up under your jacket and you don’t have to keep pulling up heavy, wet trousers. The price is pretty steep (which, along with the cut, is why we marked it down when we originally reviewed it), but you are getting a high-tech waterproof jacket and trousers in one.
About MBUK’s Most Wanted (2020)
For the January issue of Mountain Biking UK magazine we put together a glossy guide to our Most Wanted gear for 2020, containing some of the most incredible, highly desirable mountain bike kit on the market. It seemed a shame not to share it with our website users, so now we’re posting each category online too.
The selection process wasn’t easy. We were determined to pick products that genuinely stood out, so just narrowing down the categories was hard. Then our test team discussed the pros and cons of each bit of kit that had been shortlisted – and had some heated debates over which should make it in!
You can rest assured that all of our Most Wanted gear has been given this accolade for good reason. It’s either performed amazingly in our tests (in which case we’ve provided links to the original review) or, in the case of just-released kit, has wowed us on the trails during initial rides and shown huge potential.
Cast an eye over the gear and you’ll notice that a lot of it doesn’t come cheap. That’s because these are our Most Wanted products, and not necessarily the parts and accessories that represent the best value for money. We know that not all readers will be able to afford them, but think they’re worth showcasing. Firstly, because they show just how far MTB kit has come. But also because innovation and improvements at the top end of the market inevitably trickle down to lower price points within a couple of years, for the rest of us to enjoy.