This is the new MT500 Waterproof Suit from Endura, a do-it-all, foul-weather onesie designed in conjunction with mountain biking superstar Danny Macaskill.
Matt has now had chance to put it through its paces, so here’s his thoughts:
I’ve ridden in waterproof mountain bike shorts before and have had plenty of waterproof sock/boot/overshoe combos but never a onesie like the Endura MT500.
Danny MacAskill’s epic promo video set the scene for soaking wet fun in the forest so, for once, I was looking forward to a few rain drenched trail rides to see how it performed.
The first thing that’s useful to note is the sizing. Lots of cycle clothing can be a bit hit-and-miss for my body shape and size: 6ft 5in, long legs, arms etc isn’t always handy to buy for but the Large MT500 suit is ace. Plenty of length in the leg and not too baggy up top.
1] It’s not sweaty. The MT500 is packed with ventilation on the underarms, front pockets and legs to regulate your heat on lengthy climbs and flat pedally sections. Under the cover of trees I did worry about overheating in the MT500; no such problem.
2] Riding in the wet has never been so comfortable (and therefore fun!). My standard waterproof setup has always been a compromise – with water getting in one way or another (through the short/jacket interface or down the socks into my shoes. Not with the MT500.
3] You get what you pay for. There’s no getting away from the £399.99 RRP price tag – it’s a top performance piece of clothing that’ll get you out on your bike in the worst of the weather, and it’ll save your other kit from getting covered in mud, rain and grime. It’s the most well thought-out all-in-one riding outfit that we’ve tried – if the majority of your rides are rain-soaked affairs, this is a great investment.
4] It’s pointless without the right footwear. I paired the Endura onesie with the Northwave GTZ Raptor winter boots – an excellent combo which will keep you dry and warm. A waterproof suit is no use if it simply provides a water channel that leads directly to your feet.
5] Your washing machine will get used less. It’s a strange feeling bombing through every puddle, stream crossing and boggy trail, stripping the suit off and being completely clean! Long gone are the days of peeling off soaking wet, mud-clogged layers for the hose – soak – washing machine process.
The split front construction has a sealed rear connection with an independent trouser waist and jacket hem at the front, providing support and comfort with full mud protection security where you need it most. This also means that the suits looks like a two-piece from the front and accommodates a wider range of body shapes.
Constructed from ExoShell60TM three-layer fabric, fully seam-sealed, and featuring a water-repellent VISLON® front zip with storm flap, the suit combines great waterproof properties with breathability (64.000gsm/m2/24hrs).
Ventilation is offered via large underarm two-way zipped vents extending onto the back and compatible with wearing a back pack. The large, zipped front pockets double as vents, too, and together with the zipped lower hand pockets in the legs and the sleeve pocket for a lift pass there is more than ample storage.
The upper section of the suit follows the design of the multi award-winning MT500 Waterproof Jacket with its 3D foldable hood with collar retention system and the durable shoulders with silicone grip.
The zip off lower legs extend the suits use to milder conditions while the ergonomically positioned stretch upper and leg panels ensure a great fit and full freedom of movement for all day riding comfort.