We have enduring love for these guys! Scottish brand Endura had a fully air-conditioned booth at Eurobike to keep them cool in the heat rarely experienced by those north of the border. The famous Scottish weather does mean, however, that Endura produce some of the best kit and clothing for when the conditions turn less than tropical. Once I had stopped shaking from the incredible coffee on their stand, I had a look at what’s new.
Koroyd is a material we have seen in the new back protector packs released earlier this year, and can either be described as something resembling the work of bees, or a bunch of drinks straws stuck together. Both of these analogies do a dis-service to what is a pretty special material, being extremely light, and extremely strong, it’s certainly doing great things for Endura’s safety kit.
The New MT500 helmet takes a traditional helmet material but adds the Koroyd to provide extra protection and reduce risks of serious head injuries dramatically. Endura are working well beyond the now outdated EN specification for helmet safety. The highly breathable nature of Koroyd (those big holes) mean air flow into the helmet can be kept high, and even angled to direct the flow. Other features include the integrated go-pro/USE light mount and a goggle strap for enduro mode. We should see this available in March next year.
Koroyd gets a look in on the knee pads too, with the MTR Knee Guard. Using a mixture of EVA foam and the Koroyd, the pad insert has a weight of just 80g, making these pads a truly lightweight piece of kit. Protection, low weight and comfort are all wrapped up in the MTR pads.
The clothing range continues to expand and develop, with new colourways matched and complimenting throughout the range. Waterproof and weatherproof kit is obviously at the heart of things, with all shorts and jackets getting refinements for 2017. If it’s good enough for Danny Macaskill then it’s definitely good enough for us.
By Ewen TurnerEwen Turner is a self-confessed bike geek from Kendal in the Lake District of England. He runs a coaching and guiding business up there and has a plethora of knowledge about bikes with an analytical approach to testing. His passion for bicycles is infectious, and he’s a ripper on the trails who prefers to fit his working life around his time on the bike.