Back in November I posted about the latest idea for MTB clothing, an MTB onesie from Dirtlej and Vaude – purpose made to look like a regular jacket and trousers combo but hiding a dirty secret. Now Endura have decided to explore the idea.
At the Core Bike show this week – covered elsewhere, including enduro-mtb.com (from where I borrowed this picture) – Endura were showing their MTB onesie for the first time. Based on an MT500 jacket and trousers it looks relatively normal except it is a one-piece.
As I said back in November, I can definitely see an attraction for this sort of kit, the idea being to remove all your mucky kit in one go. This has a lot going for it, especially as a means of returning to normality after a day at a muddy trail centre, for example.
The Endura version is actually a pretty technical piece of clothing as the MT500 range is their high end kit. It’s fully waterproof but very breathable, being made from Exoshell60 3-layer fabric. The Endura MTB onesie comes with zip-off lower legs as well, to provide a bit more flexibility and broaden the MT500 onesie appeal. I suspect it won’t be long before we see the zip off leg idea added to the regular MT500 trouser but that’s just a guess.
All this technology and reputation for quality comes at a hefty price though – about £400 apparently when it finally goes on sale this Autumn (2018). That’s not an inconsiderable amount and is a step up from buying an MT500 jacket and trousers separately (which at current RRP would be £340). Personally I would also like to see the two halves of the onesie available in different colours, although I’m not suggesting D’Andy levels of couture.
I remain intrigued by this whole idea. Partly the idea itself, but also wondering at what point does the MTB onsie become the norm? Are we, as mountain bikers merely getting marketed to, or is there genuine benefit from the whole thing?