Endura MTR Emergency Shell jacket£90.00

Lightweight, packable cycling-specific waterproof

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Everyone knows you should pack a jacket on every ride, but finding the right combination of performance, weight and waterproof protection that hits the price point of a ‘just in case’ jacket always felt a compromise. But we can honestly say that since first trying the MTR, we’ve never left home without it – it’s become an almost permanent feature in our packs and even in jersey pockets.

The MTR is so minimal we felt compelled to put in on the scales – it weighs a barely-noticeable 135g, so you certainly won't notice its weight when it's stashed in your pack. A small elastic loop keeps the jacket rolled up neatly in the smallest corner of your pack too. 

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. You wouldn’t expect it to be as durable as tougher finishes but ours, at over a year old, is still holding up well.

The Endura MTR Emergency Shell packs down into the smallest corner of your pack and weighs just 135g

The styling is pared-back simplicity, with clean lines and a slim cut that manages not to feel restrictive thanks to stretch inserts at the cuff and through the shoulders – it's very easy to wear.

The features have been kept to a minimum to maintain the MTR's low weight and easy scrunch-down-to-nothingness – 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 is based on reviews originally published in What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK magazines.

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