Winter gloves that are genuinely waterproof and warm; now there’s a rare thing – but the Endura Deluge Gloves are just that.
All too often gloves – or any cycle clothing, for that matter – promise to be waterproof but prolonged, heavy rain will see the seams fail and allow water to invade. Riding with wet hands through winter will soon leave you begging for a steaming cup of coffee to wrap your fingers around.
These Deluge gloves remain waterproof thanks to a membrane that sits between the durable Cordura outer and the fleecy inner. When caught in a, erm, deluge, water beads off the windproof fabric on the front and while the back (where the grip is) will remain wet, nothing gets through to the inside. The long neoprene cuff, which also has a hint of stretch, provides ample coverage for you wrist and lower arm to prevent errant water and wind entering that way, with a Velcro strap to make double sure.
The gloves are fairly lightweight – our scales had them at approximately 125g – and the fabric is quite thin so you can still get a good hold on the ‘bars and levers. There are three gel pads on each glove and these are a little too bulky for our liking but flatten out through use. And the pads do help to fend off road buzz.
The suede fabric on the inside of the glove provides plenty of grip, with a little silicon print (in a honeycomb pattern) on the palm and index/middle finger tips. Inside, the fleecy lining is soft and provides extra insulation, however it can become a little sweaty when riding hard or when the weather warms up a touch which means you have to really wriggle your hand to get it back in if you take the gloves off at a cafe stop, for instance.
Handy features include a durable overlay on what Endura call the thumb crotch, a sweat wipe which runs the length of each index finger, and a generous amount of reflective detail on both gloves. The price is good at £35.99 (RRP) and six sizes are available (XS-XXL), although the fit is a touch on the small side.
While these gloves may not be the bulkiest available, the waterproof and windproof fabric, plus that fleecy lining, ensures your hands remain toasty whatever the weather and it’d take sub-zero temperatures before we even considered a bulkier pair to stave off the cold.
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