ENDURA MT500 TRAIL LID - KIT TEST
Updated: Oct 11, 2019
Endura have been going from strength to strength over the past years and recently picking up the Athertons, they seem to be gaining even more momentum.
With the trail kit having a quality finish and look there is no surprise the same is found in their helmets. The Endura MT500 is the perfect addition to the company’s lineup.
Below are a few of the features that Endura list on their website. This outlines the safety and ergonomics that Endura put forward with the MT500 trail lid.
High performance Enduro style mountain bike helmet with wide adjustment visor
Full integrated Koroyd® core for superior energy absorption
Clip on accessory mount, accessory clip and light mount included
Large vents including top “air intake” zone and large diameter Koroyd tubes for increased airflow
Meets the Koroyd Safety Initiative (KSI), significantly reducing risk of skull fracture beyond required helmet standards
Front eyewear dock and goggle compatibile including rear strap clip
One-hand micro-adjustment fit system
Antibacterial, fast wicking spacer fabric padding
Covered by Endura’s Crash Replacement Policy and Endura Product Guarantee
Certified to CE standard EN1078:2012 + A1:2012 and the first helmet to meet the Koroyd Safety Initiative
Endura have made kit that we've liked for some time now, having had a setup for photos that still looks great after years of use. This MT500 trail helmet seems to be cut from the same cloth. Comfy, stylish and protective. The white colourway with its green details really looks the part too.
Helmets are an interesting and integral piece of safety equipment. I even wear mine to ride to the shops and occasinally in the car too. Riding without one is just dumb! When choosing a trail or downhill helmet it is so important to get a comfy fit. The Endura MT500 nailed this aspect, it took no time to feel right at home with this helmet. Having two fixing points for the rear adjuster makes for a sturdy construction, whilst keeping it easy to adjust. The padding is clean and made to last, you won’t find that the pads fall out in a hurry. It is also made from a material that wicks away moisture quickly. This is a real help when riding on those hot summer days, or if you are in the UK more likely the soaking wet ones.
When looking into the protection and safety, some may comment that the MT500 that we tested does not have MIPS. This is no deal breaker. The amount of other impressive features more than makes up for this and the fit seems even more secure.
Similar to the Smith Forefront 2 helmet, this Endura MT500 features Koroyd tube technology. The straw like structure has been developed to withstand high impacts while keeping rigidity and shape. This gives the helmet a good structure and allows the addition of larger vents for extra cooling.
There are some little details on the MT500 that are most definitely worth a mention too. One being the goggle strap clip on the rear of the lid. There is no stress about where that strap is designed to be. Keeping the subject on the goggles, having the ability to park the goggle on the shell of the helmet by moving the peak up is something that we really like too. It saves you having to have the goggle around your neck when waiting to descend or when climbing.
All in all this is one of the best trail helmets we have used over the past year. There is so much competition out on the market, it is important for companies to keep standards high. Endura have done just that. Clean, simple and protective, it just does the job to a high standard and looks great whilst doing it. This the the current helmet of choice here at Descend.
Price - £149.99
Words - Ieuan Williams
Photos - Alex Hunter