This is an area where a trail helmet can vary by a fair amount. One of our Dirt 100 helmet picks – the Bontrager Lithos MIPS is a portly 425-450g, depending on size. Although the shape and comfort is great, a few riders did notice the extra weight over some of the lighter helmets.
This MT500 helmet weighs in 341g (size M/L) which compares well to a Troy Lee A2 (M/L) at 380g and a Giro Montaro at 385g (M). As a fully featured and well finished piece of kit the MT500 offers a lot for its low weight.
Although visually low in bulk and weight, this Endura lid sits low on the head and for me the rim of the helmet is just visible even when the peak is lifted. It’s reassuring to know it sits low and covers plenty of the head but it would be good to try a smaller size to compare the fit. Stability of the helmet is great, with the retention system keeping everything secure and steady.
Ventilation is very good – you won’t be disappointed – and we’re sure this lid will be comfortable on long, slow climbs even in the hottest conditions.
The MT500 helmet is lightweight and fully-featured and ideal for trail or enduro use. With the added innovative Koroyd technology and broad range size options, safety and fit has had a no-compromise approach. This helmet sits alongside other well developed products in the range such as the MT500 II jacket, which has become a firm favourite here at Dirt.
This new lid from Endura is up there with the very best helmets on the market and without question is one to consider.
SIZES: S/M (51-56cm), M/L (55-59cm), L/XL (58-63cm)
COLOURS: Black, Navy, White or Mango (new for 2017/2018)