4/28/2022

Endura Mt500 Burner Pants review

Today we are talking mountain biking trousers. I did a poll over on my Instagram on what you would like a review of and the trousers won. So today we are talking about my all-time favourite mountain biking trousers. 


The Endura MT500 Burner pants. I have had a few pairs of mountain biking trousers over the years and have always not really been happy they never fitted me right some were a very strange fit or style. I even had one pair that got caught on my bike every time I wore them. How one earth these got through the design process I have no idea. 


To be fair this was early on in my mountain biking journey. This was all before I had tried any Endura trousers. It was one of my closest friends who started to rave about Endura trousers. She had the MT500 spray pants and convinced me to buy some and I have never looked back. If you look carefully at my Instagram over winter I lived in them but today we are going to talk about my new addition with it being spring summer I have swapped out my Endura MT500 spray pants for the Endura MT500 burner pants



These are the Women's Endura Mt500 burner pants in spruce green. When I was little I was obsessed with this colour and I think I am now living out my childhood dream of being dressed head to toe in this colour along with my now favourite pink of course. The colour of these might be amazing and worth buying them for just that but wait till I explain some of the very clever features these mountain biking trousers have. 



Sizing 
Sizing wise I am a 6/8 and I am wearing a size XS when I was a size 10 I wore an S. I hope that gives you an indication of the sizing. I am also wearing the Endura women's single track liner underneath. The MT500 Burner Pants have the Clickfast poppers feature so any of Endura's Clickfast liners can be worn with them also. 

The Mt500 burner pants are made out of a 4-way stretch fabric. Meaning that there is complete freedom of movement and your feel comfortable on the bike. These are a close fit style of trousers meaning no extra material to get in the way of your riding. They are described as a pre-curved contemporary silhouette I would agree with that. 

These are worn by the likes of Rachel Atherton and Mikayla Parton. So you know they are good. I mean if they are good enough for the podium they are more than good enough for me. Plus both these ladies' race kits are always phenomenal.  


Adjustment
They have a waist adjuster to help keep them in place. I really like this feature. I tend to have mine on the tightest setting. This is a velcro fastening and it makes them really adjustable tighter or looser. 


The waist at the front has a zip, popper and velcro fastening to really make sure there is no way of your pants falling down. I mean that would be pretty embarrassing. 


Knee pad compatible
They are also Knee pad friendly I am wearing the Endura's MT500 hard shell knee pads which are the biggest in the endura range and these look slimline under these Mt500 Burner pants. It's almost like magic how slim they look under these. 

Other notable features
The Endura burner trousers also feature two zip pockets to secure your items. They also feature some ventilation holes for extra comfort on sweaty rides. These are on the knees and crotch area. 

My review
I was first struck by the colour I am not going to lie about that I was a bit superficial. I mean being Endura I know they would be great but I don't think I was ready for just how great they are. They fit like a dream and I do not say that lightly. I am a small person and finding things to fit me can be so hard. I am not saying this to be boastful as I have been a UK size 24 before and I know the struggle on the other end too. I am just stating it as a fact for me right now. I am also 5ft6 if that helps. 

There is so much adjustment on the waist and this really helps people of my shape. I am an hourglass so I carry my weight on my hips bum and boobs. 

I love that my knee pads fit so nicely underneath. The trouser material stretches and this really does help with freedom of movement on the bike. It is also nice and lightweight and perfect for summer and spring biking. 

Have I crashed in them? Yes Yes I have I am currently learning clip pedals and I have had a few falls in these pants and there has been not a scratch on them. Considering one of the crashes was knee onto a very large rock I have no idea how I didn't rip the trousers. 

Unlike normal people, I have put clips on and headed to my normal trails in Fort William. I mean I am sure most people learn on greens and blue but there is a normal way and my way. At least I can hand on heart say these women's burner pants are durable. I have definitely put them to the test on my trail bike and on my downhill bike. 

I am really impressed with Endura Women MT500 Burner Pants and I am sure you will all see me in these time and time again.  






3/23/2022

MT500 Freezing Point Gloves -The perfect winter glove?

Today we are talking winter gloves. First things, first you need to know that I suffer really badly in winter with cold hands and have Raynaud's disease. Raynauds means the blood vessels in my hand overreact to the cold basically this means when the temperature falls I suffer from painful and numb hands and toes.


So I am a good test of any winter gloves. Over the years I have tried so many gloves claiming to be the best on the market and game-changers but for me, they just didn't work. I would still struggle and have to stop and take the gloves off and try to warm up my hands constantly. I know this must make me a really fun riding companion but it is the only way I can stay out in winter and you know being able to actually feel the handlebars I am gripping is kinda important in mountain biking. 

Enter The Endura MT500 Freezing Point Gloves


So what makes them special. 

Firstly we all know Endura makes great kit. I have used Endura kit for years and I have a pair of their windproof gloves from years ago that are still one of my most reached for pairs of gloves. They just work and I love them. So being Endura I know the quality will be good. 

The sizing and price

The gloves sizing range goes from XS to XXL so a really good range of sizing. There is a size guide on the Endura site.  I have a size small.  They are £59.99 which is a bargain for the quality.  


What makes them so good for cold weather? 

The MT500 Freezing Point Gloves are made with PrimaLoft® Gold Active Insulation. This is a world leader in warmth to weight ratio. PrimaLoft® Gold Active Insulation is a water repellant. It has 4-way stretch and awesome breathability. Not only that but it packs down small making it ideal for mountain bike gloves.  You would like with all that insolation it would be really bulky but It is not. I still have really good control on the bars. The MT500 Freezing point gloves also have silicone palm prints to help you get even more grip on the bars helping you stay in control even on the coldest days. 


Are they really waterproof? 
Yes, I was wearing these in a snow and sleet storm and my hands stayed nice and warm and dry. 


Other notable features
The MT500 freezing point gloves have a stretch softshell backhand and fingers for added comfort and control. They have a PFC-free non-toxic durable water repellent finish. 

They have a long cuff so they are really easy to pull on and off. As you can see they easily cover my Garmin watch. I have it rolled up in the photo above. Actually, I forgot to roll it down as I was looking for the miles I had just done my bad. I also found the gloves to be really breathable too. 


My Review

My first test of these gloves was on a very cold and snowy day in Fort William. I headed out in the morning when the temperatures were still extremely low. It wasn't until I was at the top of the Torlundy climb which is about 3 miles from Nevis Range that I realised I had not stopped to warm my hands. Now, this might seem like nothing to you. But I would normally stop about four times on this climb to warm up my hands so I can grip the bars. Now this particular day the ground was still very frozen with ice under fresh snow and it was very cold indeed. If you suffer like me with the cold you will be really impressed with these gloves. 


I am always a bit worried about winter gloves that they will be too bulky and not give me any bar control. But luckily these give me lots of grip and control even in a snowstorm. Yes, they are thicker than summer gloves but you need that for the warmth. I have to say I am very impressed with these gloves and I am so glad I have them now. I know these will help me stay out longer on the colder days. What more can you want from winter gloves. How has it taken me this long to find them? 


I hope you enjoyed this little review and I will be back with more soon. If you have any questions do get in touch I am always happy to help in any way. 





3/16/2022

New Endura Footwear 2022 - Hummvee flat pedal shoes unboxing

This has been a hard secret to keep but I have known that Endura is releasing mountain biking shoes for a little while. Here is where being an ambassador for this incredible brand is even more awesome. 


Endura has three different pairs of shoes hitting the market, The Hummvee flat pedal shoes, Mt500 Burner clipless shoes and the MT500 Burner flat pedal shoes. I have been very lucky and I have had my hands-on Hummvee Flat pedal shoes in the colour pebble before the actual release. 


I'll let you in on a little secret Endura sent these to their athletes and people like me to give them our honest feedback. They are constantly striving to make the kit as good as they possibly can. They know one of the ways to do this is to get feedback about products from people who actually use them and I am here for that! I love that they really care about each and every product and put so much effort and research into each and every item they sell. 


But you are not here for me to tell you how much I love this brand you are here to read my unboxing. If you don't know me I am a mountain biker in the Scottish Highlands and my local trails are in Fort William. I ride in all weathers (well you have to up here) I enjoy trail centre trails, downhill and of course local off-piste trails. So I am in a very good position to review items and put them to the test. 

So let's get into it. Let me introduce you to the Hummvee Flat pedal shoes in Pebble. 


The design. 

Endura has decided to do something completely different with their shoes and actually start with an ergonomistry philosophy and the collection is highly engineered and backed by medical science which helps the rider to ride harder for longer. 

The inner sole 

A lot of us, me included never really thinks about the inside of our biking shoes. I mean I know before I haven't except when you find them uncomfortable or have other problems. But we should all really be paying attention to our feet and what we put them in right? Comfy feet = staying out riding longer after all!


The power arch

This inner sole is an Ortholite recycled insole with a comfort footbed it is profiled and contoured to help to support the arch of your foot which will help your feet deal with the different demands put on it by alternating between riding and walking. This will give better power transfer and ultimately more comfort. We all know comfort is key. I actually tore my Achilles and I know all about the power of a really good inner sole and the protection and prevention of damage this can help prevent. 


Sole stimulant 

These are the small raised dots you can feel on the innersole. These are placed strategically to help your foot's proprioception.  This is designed to help your feet to soften and stiffen when needed. 


Metatarsal Button

This helps to spread your big toe from the rest of your toes this will help your toes from scrunching up when riding. This will help to improve the function and comfort when riding. Let's face it we put a lot of force through our feet when we ride, don't we?  


The Sole

Featuring Endura's Sticky foot rubber compound. This has been designed for us modern mountain bikers. It uses a unique concoction of ingredients to offer us the riders the perfect combination of pedal grip durability, unrivalled performance and a long lifespan. 

The sticky foot grip is used all over the Endura Hummvee flat pedal shoes this offers the maximum grip on the pins of our pedals. This helps to lock the foot on and lessen pedal slips. 


The Sizing

For a first launch, The Endura Hummee flat pedals come in a huge range of sizes from UK 5 to UK12, There are half sizes available from size 6.5UK to 10.5UK. This is a great range of sizing and I really appreciate the half sizing. My other half normally has issues getting half sizes in biking shoes. So If I am feeling kind and want to treat him at some point I can get his perfect fit. 


The Hummvee colours

This range comes in 4 colours mine are called Pebble. They also come in Black, Olive Green and Navy. The Hummvee flat shoes in pebble also come with the option of orange and pebble coloured laces. These match the orange accent of the shoes. I really love the option to personalise my shoes. You may have seen I have done this on my old shoes. I just love a bit of colour. So I think I might just change them out for the orange laces soon. 

 


The price

These are priced at £89.99


Other notable features

The Humvee flat pedal shoes are lightweight and made from durable PU upper. They are also Low absorbency with a quick-dry lining. I mean how often have you had to wear damp MTB shoes. So quick-drying materials are always welcome. 


They feature an elasticated lace stash. Where has this been all my riding days? Has anyone else had to stop mid-ride to make sure your laces are secure? I have to do this all the time. It's the little things like this that just make endura products stand out.  I have also had a crash in the past with my laces getting caught in the crank. This will stop this problem. 


The Hummvee flat pedal shoes also feature durable upper fabric with perforated panels for ventilation. 


They are also made from Vegan-friendly products and materials. 


Try on

These feel really nice on the feet and really comfy. The Hummvee flat pedal shoes are designed to go from trails to casual with no shoe change needed. They are definitely capable of both. They feel nice and stiff but with flex, this is what I like in riding shoes. I like to feel really placed and in place on my pedals. 


I have been wearing them around the house they feel really nice and comfortable I really like the raised arch they are the ultimate comfort for me.


I really appreciate that they laces and the right length. This is a strange comment I know but how many riding shoes do you own where the laces are massive? I mean what are you meant to do with the extra laces? The tongue is really comfortable and not oversized. This will keep the puddle splashes out and help keep me dry on the trail. 


I am so excited to get these out on the trails and show you what they are really made for. I will update you all on how they perform on the trails and you will see them on many Instagrams I am very sure of that. 


I will have more reviews to follow,. Would you like to see a review of the MT500 Burner shoes? 











2/24/2022

A little update on what's been going on and the future

I am back after a bit of a longer absence than I had planned. Unfortunately, the redesign of this site took a little longer than I had planned and was a lot more complex than I had thought but we are back and I am going to do a little update for you all. 

Biking 

I am still getting out as much as I can on my stunning Hope Technology HB130 up here in the Scottish Highland with Fort William being my local I am a bit spoilt, to be honest. I love this bike and I am progressing so much after riding it. I just love it, it is the right amount of lightweight and gnarly. It is not only a dream to ride but I mean look at her she is a work of art to look at. If you would like a full review of my bike. I can do that I have had her for almost two years now and I have to say this bike has let me progress and hone my skills way more than I have in the past. 


Being a Hope Technology ambassador is still one of the best things that have happened to my mountain biking and I would thank Hope Tech for picking me every day If I could. Before being an ambassador I owned a few game-changer Hope products but their breaks were the big game-changer for me. I will be doing a full review of these soon. It was buying my Hope Tech E4 brakes many years ago that changed my riding in all the right ways and began my Hope  Tech obsession. They are one cracking British brand that I thought I could only dream to be acquainted with. I will do more posts on Hope soon. I could talk for hours on Hope Technology and how they are amazing and the best bike brand but I will save that for more posts. 


Endura 

I am delighted that this year I will be an Endura ambassador and will be kitted out in their insanely amazing gear. I have worn and loved Endura for years. My first proper mountain biking top was Endura and I still wear it today. Their gear is not only amazing quality but I love the brand's ethos and there is something special for me to be with a Scottish born brand. I am after all a Highlander. I could go on and on about Endura, like the fact they have planted 1.3 million trees to eliminate Endura’s carbon footprint in a year. I mean YES to this alone but luckily for me their kit is incredible and I feel so lucky to be with them. Lots of Endura kit reviews to come. 


My fitness. 

I am keeping on top of my fitness with the use of Zwift. I spend a lot of time on my turbo train putting the miles in to make sure I am on top form for mountain biking. I also do some weights and stretching. I have fallen off the yoga bandwagon and need to get back on it. I will also be upping my weight training as the downhill season is nearly back upon us. You can follow me on Strava if you want to see what rides I am doing or even Zwift if you are a Zwifter. 


The future. 

So what can you expect from me and this site now that it is finally back up and running? I am looking to do more of what I started. I want to do more kit reviews, more route maps like the Pit downhill trail, more fitness and Zwift updates and much much more. If there is something you think I am missing drop me a comment or pop me a DM on Instagram


I have entered my first race in April PMBA Women's Enduro Gisburn and I am hoping to do a couple more. I think I will do the Ten under the Ben race, this is a 10-hour endurance race around a 10-mile lap route with 400meters of climbing each lap at Nevis Range in Fort William. I am also looking at entering a couple of road biking races this year but more on that later. 


I hope to do a lot more travelling this year with the restrictions easing making more holidays accessible and I will be updating you all on my travel and of course the biking I am doing on them. I will be doing a few youtube videos on my mountain biking adventures as I want to share more of it with you. 


I hope you have enjoyed this little update and I can not wait to share more of my biking and fitness with you all.