Endura MTR Emergency Shell £90

Lightweight, packable cycling-specific waterproof

BikeRadar score 4.5/5

There’s a definite trend towards lower weight jackets at the moment, so we’re not surprised by a lack of bulk, but the MTR is so minimal we felt compelled to put in on the scales. At a barely noticeable 135g it’s become an almost permanent feature in our packs and even in jersey pockets. 

It’s easy to pack away tight thanks to an elastic loop on the back of the neck – you squeeze the material in and the loop creates a neat roll. Clever.

The MTR’s fabric is a microscopically thin two-layer waterproof – the unlined and rubbery-feeling stuff – but given this jacket’s explicit ‘emergency’ nature that’s just how it should be. 

To enhance the resulting low weight and easy scrunch-down-to-nothingness the features have been kept to a minimum – there are no pockets, no adjusters and no bits of Velcro. The zip has a full-length flap both inside and outside, however, which adds virtually no bulk but is, we found, very effective. 

Fit is slim-ish but there are cunning stretch inserts at the cuff and through the shoulders – it’s very easy to wear. We can’t think of a single reason to head out without one.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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