Endura refreshes MT500 vary and affirms environmental stance
With a piece of enter from its professional riders, together with the Athertons, Endura has given its range-topping MT500 line-up of waterproof clothes a whole refresh, whereas additionally detailing additional its actions to sort out, or mitigate in opposition to, its environmental impression.
Whereas Endura’s vary is pretty all-encompassing today, with equipment starting from World Cup DH to a number of the most technologically superior aero skinsuits round, it was the MT500 vary that launched the model in 1992.
On the time, most mountain bikers had been slipping and sliding their approach round mountains in lairy Lycra equipment designed for roadies, and Endura noticed a chance. The MT within the title stands for ‘mountain’, whereas the five hundred refers back to the vary’s dishevelled equipment being 500 per cent stronger and extra protecting than Lycra.
As of late that message of safety nonetheless stands. Whereas the equipment continues to be designed to guard riders from the climate, it’s additionally designed to guard the atmosphere, with Endura modifying over time its manufacturing processes, manufacturing facility sourcing and materials used, to reduce impacts on the atmosphere.
Endura has been making an attempt to wash up its environmental impression by way of its #Forceforgood scheme. This constitutes a spread of actions, from materials utilization to tree planting.
For instance, all of their materials have been PFC free since 2018 and waterproof membranes are constructed from PU supplies, which degrade in landfill inside 100 years, moderately than PTFE supplies, which final hundreds.
Endura is making an attempt to supply its supplies from licensed and managed producers who guarantee there’s no poisonous impression on the native atmosphere, however Endura recognises that there’s nonetheless a protracted solution to go right here and it’s an ever-evolving course of.
Biodegradable materials and plastics have had a whole lot of press not too long ago, nonetheless Endura informed us that the circumstances wanted for correct biodegrading are very tough to create and, as such, it’s not at all times as helpful as one would possibly suppose.
Likewise, mechanical recycling of plastic fibres (melting and re-extruding supplies) can solely be executed round 5 occasions, so landfill, ultimately, is inevitable. That mentioned, chemical recycling is the following nice hope, the place fibres are damaged down and refracted into new hydrocarbons.
So, Endura says it has a concentrate on sturdiness moderately than trend. It needs its clothes to be worn for years, moderately than discarded as quickly as the following trend cycle comes alongside.
It’s additionally utilizing its personal re-proofing therapy. The supplies used are mentioned to have higher eco-credentials, however Endura says that holding on high of the DWR therapies is vital as a result of they could not final so long as these based mostly on extra conventional waterproof supplies.
Whereas Endura is making an attempt to reduce the impression of its manufacturing, it’s additionally in the course of a scheme to plant one-million bushes per 12 months, with a purpose of planting 10-million within the subsequent decade to offset its emissions and assist growth in these areas.
Most of the bushes are being planted in Madagascar within the type of mangrove swamps. These catch as a lot CO2 as rainforests, but in addition assist native fish shares and stop coastal erosion. In planting these bushes, many native persons are additionally employed.
Some planting can also be going down within the UK, nonetheless planning permissions are trickier to come back by, and thus with finite time and money, Endura says faster advantages will be discovered by planting elsewhere.
Trying ahead, Endura says it’s wanting to make use of extra environmentally pleasant materials in its clothes, plant extra bushes, and get at the very least 75 per cent of its clothes designed with eco-credentials.
It plans to work with these creating chemical recycling and look additional in to their manufacturing, repairing and packaging processes, too.
Endura MT500 updates
Endura MT500 Waterproof Jacket II / Girls’s MT500 Waterproof Jacket II
- £229.99 / $329.99 / €269.99
The MT500 Jacket is Endura’s best-selling waterproof, and what it calls the star of the vary, coming with a 90-day satisfaction assure.
The jacket retains a hood, however Endura has altered the adjusters and collar on this model to maintain it safe when up or down.
Elastic cords pull diagonally from both aspect of the hood’s peak, down in direction of an adjuster on the centre of the neck. There’s additionally a pair of vertical cords by the perimeters of the face to cinch the hood down.
With a view to keep air flow, two lengthy pit vents with a two-way zip allow you to simply dump a load of warmth, and must also work effectively when driving with a pack.
The hand pockets too can be utilized as extra venting, and are mesh-backed and include two-way zips.
Different pockets embody a lift-pass pocket on the arm and an inside chest pocket with house for a telephone. This chest pocket holds a hidden goggle/glasses wipe on a tether. Contained in the cuff is a Lycra storm cuff to maintain wind out of the arms.
The shoulders and elbow area get a stretch materials to help match, and there’s silicone print over the shoulders to assist with pack safety. The decrease space of the again additionally encompasses a extra sturdy materials.
The Exoshell 40 DR material is alleged to have a 20,000mm hydrostatic head and “market main” 40,000 g/m²/24hr breathability.
The jacket’s materials is PFC-free and utilises a PU moderately than PTFE inside membrane, which Endura claims is extra environmentally pleasant.
Endura MT500 Waterproof Onesie II
- £419.99 / $549.99 / €459.99
Endura has up to date its waterproof onesie too, with a extra refined reduce which we hope will enhance match.
The brand new swimsuit is designed to seem like a two-piece outfit, with a rear flap mimicking that of a jacket over trousers. As per the original onesie, the entrance encompasses a cut up design with a daily fly/popper trouser closure and a zipped jacket.
The onesie additionally will get the identical Exoshell 40 DR material because the jacket, and shares a spread of its options.
The legs have a decrease zip-off part for these barely hotter days, too.
Endura MT500 Waterproof Trouser II
- £99.99 / $139.99 / €119.99
Just like the onesie and jacket, the trousers use Exoshell 40 DR material.
The trousers get a protracted zip down the leg, which has a two-way zip for each air flow and to help getting them on and off over footwear. When used as a vent, the inner mesh gusset is designed to stop them billowing.
The seat panel is constructed from a sturdy materials.
Endura Waterproof Brief II
- £99.99 / $139.99 / €119.99
The shorts use Exoshell 40 DR material too, to spice up their waterproofing and breathability.
Further sturdy supplies are used on the seat of the shorts and there are stretch materials in the correct locations to guarantee that the match works effectively.
A popper and zippered fly is backed up with belt loops to ensure the shorts don’t slip down when driving, and there’s reflective detailing on the rear and zippered pockets to enhance visibility at evening.