A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to check out the Endura MT500 Full Face Helmet. Endura claim that this is the lightest full face mountain bike helmet on the market. The medium/large is only 640g and is fully downhill certified. It uses the Koroyd construction, which makes it super ventilated and safe. Here is what I thought of the Endura MT500 Full Face Helmet.
Why the Endura MT500 Full Face Helmet?
The way enduro racing and riding is going these days, riders require more protection. Many enduro riders wear downhill helmets, but with the increased protection they give, they also get pretty hot. This is a problem, especially when it comes to big climbs. Many enduro race series (including the EWS) have a strict “full face helmet” rule. Therefore, manufacturers are developing lighter, well ventilated and safe full face helmet options.
The Endura MT500 Full Face Helmet is one of the latest additions to the market.
I fully believe that The Endura MT500 FullFace Helmet is the lightest one on the market as Endura claim. It is a full 50g lighter than the Troy Lee Designs Stage helmet with MIPS. It is 95g lighter than the Fox Proframe.
When I picked it up, I was very surprised, but was concerned about how something so light could give enough protection.
The MT500 uses the Koroyd construction. This looks like a honeycomb structure within the helmet. It is made up of lots of co-polymer tubes. This structure absorbs shock in a more linear way, with the aim of reducing head injuries. Not only that, it allows maximum airflow over and around your head. This is probably the most ventilated full face helmet around too. The image below isn’t the most clear one, but it shows how the Koroyd construction performs during an impact compared to standard foam you find in conventional helmets. It shows how the force is more efficiently dispersed with the Endura system.
The chin bar is fixed, unlike the removable one you will find on the Bell Super 3 R. It joins the helmet with an in house designed skeleton that adds strength without adding excess weight.
Lightness aside, this is a very comfy helmet. This is mainly thanks to the adjustment you get with it. It has a dial on the back to ensure the perfect fit and anchor points that you can finally tune. There are different sized foam pads that you can put inside the helmet to get it to your liking. The Endura representative told me that you don’t actually need the foam to keep the helmet secure around the chin bar, but it is up to the rider’s preference for comfort. I really like the magnetic fastener on the strap. It is similar to the one I have on my snowboard helmet. It allows you you do it up and un do it with one gloved hand with ease.
The level of ventilation improved the comfort even more. You do get a whistle when you get some speed up, but not enough to be a problem.
The shape of the helmet allows for good goggle integration, however the peak is fixed. This means you can’t just flick it up and rest your goggles under it.
The Endura MT500 Full Face Helmet is a light and breathable option for mountain bikers that ride enduro, downhill and in bike parks. Therefore it should provide the necessary protection and versatility to cater for these types of rider.
The Endura MT500 Full Face Helmet is fully DH certified and satisfies both the ASTM F1952 standard and CE Standard EN1078:2012 + 1 A1:2012.
My Verdict of the Endura MT500 Full Face Helmet
This helmet lives up to its claims for lightness and comfort. And with its downhill standard certification it should provide the necessary protection riders need. The Endura MT500 Full Face Helmet has been well thought out with some nice little touches. Touches like the magnetic fastener and adjustability. I currently ride with a Bell Super 3R, although I love it and rave about it, I think I may be buying an MT500 when it comes to replacing it.