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Endura GV500 waterproof jacket review

Designed for gravel and adventure riding as well as mountain biking, this lightweight packable jacket doesn’t skimp on waterproof protection

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £160.00 RRP | USD $200.00 | EUR €180.00
Endura GV500 Jacket for mountain bikers

Our review

A lightweight jacket that delivers heavyweight value-for-money performance
Pros: Breathable comfort; active cut
Cons: We’d like a looser cut under the arms
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The Endura GV500 waterproof jacket has been designed to combine light weight with all-day protection and comfort.

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It’s intended to perform during both short, sharp efforts and extended or multi-day rides thanks to its fine-knit laminate material that both protects the waterproof membrane and enhances moisture transfer and breathability.

Endura GV500 details and specification

The GV500 is constructed using Endura’s lightweight ExoShell40 material.
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Endura has placed its light three-layer ExoShell40 material at the heart of the GV500 in order to provide the more hard-wearing qualities of a three-layer shell without any extra weight.

A fine-knit inner layer is specially treated to enhance moisture transfer and improve breathable performance.

Features have been kept to a minimum, with a single chest pocket the jacket packs into, a dropped tail and an over-helmet hood.

That doesn’t leave it under-specified by any means because details such as a back hem gripper and silicon shoulder reinforcement deliver practicality without adding any extra bulk.

Endura GV500 performance

The hood is a top performer.
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The test period was unusually warm, and even on wet days I was riding in temperatures that rarely dipped below 12°C. On occasion, I had to stray from the standard long-sleeve Patagonia Capilene Cool Merino baselayer and into its short-sleeve sibling to keep cool enough.

Short-sleeve tops aren’t always the most comfortable when worn with waterproof jackets, which can leave you feeling clammy the moment you start to sweat.

Working hard in the GV500, it’s clear the attention paid to comfort inside the jacket has paid off. I can’t say hand on heart that I didn’t get damp when working hard on mild days, but the jacket seems to deal with it and stays smooth and soft against bare arms.

When brand new and unwashed, the GV500’s material beaded well and didn’t wet out. Despite its light weight, the jacket felt solid even in heavy rain.

The jacket kept rain out well, but keep an eye on the reproofing guidelines as it ages.
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However, like all PFC-free DWR coatings, as soon as dirt or grime gets into the material during use, the coating becomes less effective. I recommend checking reproofing instructions to maintain its performance.

The cut is slim but not skinny and good shaping in the arms allows for free range of movement without the need for excess width to accommodate changing positions. Clearly, the GV500 has been designed for active riders.

The protectively generous rear tail and sleeve cuffs sit long over the hand even when dropping right back off the saddle, when the jacket’s material is stretched out with its wearer’s back.

To be picky though, when at full stretch it can feel snug under the arms.

The hood is one of the best I’ve tested. It fits easily over a mountain bike helmet and turns with your head, ensuring full visibility at all times.

The GV500 is light enough to use as an emergency shell, but I found it versatile enough for long outings on fast-riding trails too.

How does the Endura GV500 compare to the Altura Ridge?

The GV500 is a jacket for the most active riders.
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The GV500 is very much an active MTB jacket and cut to complement active riding.

While the Altura Ridge has a similar price point and lightweight material specification, it’s more of an all-round jacket, with front pockets, an easier fit and a cut that works for a more upright style and across general outdoor use.

Endura GV500 bottom line

It’s breathable, lightweight and comfortable.
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The Enduro GV500 provides an excellent balance of active comfort and waterproof protection that works for multi-day and short rides alike, at an accessible price.

How we tested

This year, we tested five of the most popular and innovative waterproof jackets to find out which one is best at keeping you dry and comfortable out on the trails during the wet winter months.

We compared their breathability and waterproofing, along with how they fared when temperatures stayed high and dropped down.

Jackets on test

Product Specifications

Product

Price EUR €180.00GBP £160.00USD $200.00
Weight 253g
Brand Endura

Features

Features Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
Material: ExoShell40™ 3-Layer waterproof fabric
Waterproof rating: 20,000 mm
Breathability rating: 40,000g/m2 24 hours
Gender Men's