Endura Exo Waterproof Glove
Waterproof gloves are rapidly becoming essential on these blighted shores. You can read more about the various methods manufacturers use to keep out the rain from a garment typically made with hundreds of tiny stitches in our winter gloves buyer’s guide. Endura have opted here to use a seam-sealed membrane, or a glove-within-a-glove.
The back of the Exo glove is fashioned from a stretchable, softshell fabric, finished with Endura’s ‘e’ logo in a vibrant green and a reflective strip printed on the little finger. The back of the thumb is made from a suede-like material, intended no doubt to serve as an effective nose wipe. The same fabric is used on the tops of the middle and index fingers.
Turn over the glove to expose a palm instantly recognisable to owners of Endura’s excellent Windshield Glove. The same microfibre and Pittards leather palm we tested nearly a year ago has been deployed in the Exo glove and we’re expecting a similarly impressive performance: comfortable and absorbing of pressure, without isolating the hand from feedback through the bars. The silicone dots on the tip of each finger gripped the levers well, too.
While the Exo glove is a bulkier affair than its windproof equivalent, which has no insulation, perhaps the most obvious difference is the shorter cuff; one that just clears the wrist bone on the Exo. Endura intend it to be worn beneath jacket sleeves, a sensible enough directive for a glove to be used in wet conditions. Our inclinations are to something longer, however. We’re intrigued to find out if the cuff proves long enough, or if we’re left with an inch or two of exposed flesh. We’ll let you know.
All that’s left to note at this stage are the fleecy internals, which make the Exo glove a delight to plunge the hand inside. We’re hoping this advantage extends beyond comfort to insulation when out on the road.
The Endura Exo glove is available in black, and in five sizes, from small to XXL. It costs £54.99.