Endura MTR Shell
Endura’s MTR Shell has been designed for multi-day adventures and is robust enough for everyday use. It’s a lightweight and packable jacket that will fit into a jersey pocket – simply roll up and secure with the elastic loop neatly hidden in the back of the neck, no complicated folding here.
To create a clean and easily packable design, a number of features that create bulkier lines have been removed, so there are no pockets. It’s also possible to remove the helmet-compatible hood, which is what I’ve often done – it’s such a good jacket for general riding it doesn’t need to be saved for just rainy days.
The jacket has silicone grippers on the shoulders and also on the dropped back hem. It’s a detail that’s often overlooked but makes a real difference, helping to hold the back of the jacket in place.
This is a versatile jacket with good breathabilty. The three-layer waterproof fabric combination makes it more comfortable to wear, and more durable in the long run, and unlike some other jackets with this construction doesn’t make things warmer. The jacket has become an extra layer on my rides and a ‘keep-the-chill-off at the start of a ride’ solution, with the small size making it easy to stash later.
I’m also happy to report that despite its lightweight credentials, the MTR Shell has remained water tight with no rain or splashes leaking through the seams or jacket body.
What elevates the MTR further is its shape, which hasn’t suffered from any corner cutting to reduce weight or packability. It’s long through the body (even on a six-foot-plus rider) and has strategically-placed stretch panels and a cut that allows a full range of movement without causing the jacket to ride up – helped by the hem’s silicone gripper.
Endura MTR Shell overall
It’s hard to hit the right balance between lightweight, durability, protection and breathability in packable jackets, but Endura seems to have come up with a formula that doesn’t comprise on performance.
For me, this has become a jacket staple of my everyday riding rather than being consigned to a pack for emergencies only.