Our follow up to winter riding clothing begins.  After a bit of use in typical riding conditions, we now begin the follow up on this post here, where we looked at a sampling of technical cycling clothing for the moderate winters of the Southern California Fall-Winter season. We continue with Endura.


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MTR Emergency Shell – Orange shelter to go – $154.99

The MTR line of products in Endura’s broad range of products is fast becoming my favorite…minimal and purposeful, MTR is “Just the facts, ma’am”.  The Emergency Shell is certainly that, with a no frills approach to a decently high level of protection from the weather.  I appreciate sleek fitting clothing that is cut to move and do it’s job effectively.  There is no lining and the fabric is very light.  It does feel a bit clammy against the bare skin, but that is typical of the type.  It stuffs into a very tiny space, like a corner of a Tangle bag or Camelbak, and certainly into a jersey pocket.  There are no pockets, no hood, no drawstrings, no adjustable cuffs, vents, bangles or buttons.

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But it passed the rain test and it breathes as well as the Bontrager Velocis Storm Jacket.  It fits tight and has no flapping, yet it is cut well enough to run a couple of moderate layers under it without binding.  The cut is long enough at the waist to be just about perfect.  I have carried it for road, gravel, and MTB rides and it always did what I asked of it.  I even love the color, which is good for romping through the woods in hunting season or just being seen on the highway.

MTR cutWhat it is not is full featured, so if you are looking for a dedicated MTB or touring type jacket for bad weather, this is not it.  Endura has this in the MT 500 line or even this instead from Showers Pass.  The collar on the MTR Emergency Shell is very tall and snug and it does choke the throat a bit if it is all zipped up, but running it at 90% closed is more comfy and was just as effective.  I also would not mind to have cuffs that can open a bit for air flow and for ease of exiting the jacket…I always turned it inside out when taking it off as it was just easier that way.  Still, having no frills is in keeping with the intent of the garment and I will not fault it for that.  It is the thing you would grab for a fast ride in changing weather, but maybe not a cross country trip in the Pacific Northwest.

It is another piece of gear that crosses from road to gravel to XC/Endurance MTB and you would do well to have an Endura MTR Emergency Shell hanging in your closet or stuffed into your gear bag just in case.

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Note: The manufacturers of these products provided them at no charge to Twenty Nine Inches for test and review. We are not being paid, nor bribed for these reviews and we will strive to give our honest thoughts and opinions throughout.