Endura MT500 Enduro backpack review£100.00

Comfortable trail storage without the backplate

BikeRadar score3/5

With its vibrant yellow colour and reflective section around the front zip, you can’t miss the MT500 pack.

It’s laden with features, including a ‘Koroyd’ (plastic honeycomb) backplate, ventilated mesh back panel, padded shoulder straps and stowage for your pads and helmet.

A separate tool pocket, waterproof pocket and hip pockets mean there are plenty of places to store tools, phone and snacks. The splashproof base will keep your sarnies protected from mud and trail splatter through winter too.

The back panel is ventilated but you might want to remove the Koroyd backplate
The back panel is ventilated but you might want to remove the Koroyd backplate

After initial testing with the backplate fitted we opted to remove it for comfort. This gives a slightly softer fit, with the bag able to hug the contours of your back rather than just sitting flat against it.

The hydration pocket is big enough for a full 3l bladder (you can buy a Hydrapak reservoir with the bag for £20 extra) but this does eat into the bag’s 15l capacity. It’s still big enough to carry everything you need for a day-long epic though, and it’s comfy enough too.

The combination of chest and waist straps secures the pack well when the trail gets rough, but it’s a shame that there are only three anchor points for the chest strap on the left-hand side, especially when it’s fully adjustable on the right-hand side.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Alex has been riding bikes since he was knee-high to a grasshopper. He first raced back in 2003, winning the Juvenile category on a sketchy hard tail Planet X bike. Alex lived in the Alps for seven years so isn't shy of a climb or two and loves getting out in his bike in all weather. His favorite thing to ride is steep loamy tracks with loads of opportunities to slam the bike into turns and really give it some frame bending welly! He's broken his fair share of frames, so any bike between his knees is going to get a right seeing to.
  • Age: 29
  • Height: 182cm / 5'10
  • Discipline: DH, Enduro, XC, BMX, Road
  • Preferred Terrain: Epic descents covered in the world's finest loam and hero dirt
  • Current Bikes: Nukeproof Mega 275 / Giant Anthem Advanced 275 1 / LeMond Reno / Deluxe Pro 2 BMX
  • Dream Bike: Giant ATX 1 DH (1999 model)
  • Beer of Choice: Teetotal
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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