The first thing we noticed about the MT500 was its sizing. Endura have significantly sized up their mountain bike range of clothing relative to the road kit, the result of which is testers that fit the likes of the Pro SL road jacket felt a little swamped in the MT500. Not a bad thing to give MTB kit more room, but as always it's best to try before you buy.
Chill morning departures and long descents are a revelation with the windproof front, shoulders and arms keeping the biting wind at bay, and a layer of insulation sandwiched across the rider's core adding to the insulating properties. The extremely breathable back panel helps manage temperature when working hard too, allowing moisture and heat to dissipate, but we had to be careful to face it away from the wind on breezy hilltop stops as it allows a good chill to work its way through otherwise. For constant riding though this proves to be a great combination, keeping us at a happy medium most of the time.
Two zipped pockets at the back are useful for small items and are neatly placed so as not to interfere with hydration packs, while two large handwarmer pockets slide in behind the insulating core at the front providing a great place to rejuvenate cold digits.
We aren't great fans of the thin lycra cuffs, preferring the more substantial neoprene designs on other Endura garments, and the soft fabric on the torso is quickly showing signs of wear from our hydration pack belts.
Overall then a great jersey to wear into the autumn and even into the winter with only a few minor caveats.