With everything from tri-suits and road shorts to a mud-loving mountain bike onesie in its range, Scottish outfit Endura is charging into the second half of 2019 with new protective gear to keep bumps and bruises at bay.
MT500 Full Face helmet
Claimed to be the lightest full-face downhill approved helmet on the market, Endura says the MT500 Full Face weighs just 640g in a size M/L. A large part of the weight saving is likely due to the combination of the skeleton chin bar and the heavy use of Koroyd throughout the shell.
Essentially honeycomb made with neon green plastic straws, the material is said to absorb energy better than EPS foam alone and is claimed to vent well too.
That said, the new MT500 lid does see sizable vents throughout the shell, so it will likely be considerably cooler than quite a few full face lids on the market.
Available in three sizes and two colours (Forest Green and Black), the MT500 features a one hand micro-adjustment retention system that sees multiple anchor points inside the helmet.
Endura has also included antibacterial, wicking fabric padding throughout the helmet, with optional chin bar padding included in the box.
Endura is also backing the MT500 with the brand’s crash replacement policy, and the new helmet is set to hit stores in July. Pricing is to be announced.
Designed in collaboration with the first family of downhill racing, the Athertons, Endura has also given its range of knee pads a makeover.
Available in hard shell and ‘lite’ varieties, both feature D30 inserts, which are made from a non-Newtonian material that’s soft and pliable right up until an impact where it stiffens to better absorb the energy and force transmission.
The Hard Shell version features a moulded cap for protection from sharp impacts and a D30 insert underneath to absorb the blow. Down the sides, the pads feature PU foam padding to stave off lateral impacts and a loop strap system to prevent them from sliding down half way through your run.
Available now in S–M and L–XL, the MT500 Hard Shell Knee Pad is certified to meet CE EN 1621/1 standards and will cost £79.99
If you’re after a bit less protection, Endura is launching a Lite version of the pad. Using a Swiss cheese version of the D30 insert, Endura says the vent pattern increases breathability by 45 percent while still retaining ENTH1612-1:2012 level 1 protection certification.
Designed to be lightweight and flexible, the Lite pads feature PU foam padding down the sides and a Jacquard loop system to keep them in place.
Available now, the MT 500 Lite pads cost £69.99
MT 500 Undershort II
Also new is the MT500 Protector Undershort II. These Lycra undies feature D30 padding on the hips, lower leg and tailbone, and a stretch antibacterial reticulated foam chamois to cradle your undercarriage and protect it from impacts too.
With flatlock seams all around for added longevity, the undershorts use the brand’s Clickfast system to easily interface with Endura baggies. In store now, the MT500 padded undershorts will set you back £69.99.
All of the latest gear is backed by the brand’s 90-day satisfaction guarantee.