Endura has really thought through the style of riding this helmet is going to be used for. Aimed squarely at the enduro market, it has a high level of impact protection and also features sweet additions that make life on the trail just a little bit more simple, and therefore enjoyable.
On the safety front, which is after all our primary reason for wearing a helmet, Endura’s MT500 has had a complete overhaul. Helmet safety and design have leapt ahead in the last two years with new materials and technology being introduced. The MT500 has the deep rear coverage and lower sides we have come to expect from trail lids but within the shell, it is fitted with Koroyd, a thermoplastic honeycomb system that offers impact absorption whilst remaining lightweight and breathable. It fills the entire inside of the helmet shell reinforcing the helmet from every possible impact angle.
Use of this material allows helmet designers to reduce the amount of the old style EPS foam, reducing bulk and weight whilst providing higher levels of impact protection, the honeycomb design acting as a ‘crumple zone’. Koroyd has been shown to reduce maximum deceleration values by 25-35%. In Koroyd’s own testing it shows a reduction in the risk of head injury at speeds of 19.5km/h from 40% to 5%. Koroyd has instigated a voluntary Helmet Safety Initiative to encourage more helmet manufacturers to sign up to the altogether more satisfactory 5% risk level which Endura have satisfied with this lid.