Endura’s Singletrack II gloves, updated last year, are a comfortable, grippy and hard-wearing glove. There’s reinforcement around the thumb and forefinger so they don’t wear out in this spot. The palm has some light padding at the base and is perforated in the middle section, and there’s a large silicone panel at the base of the fingers.
A Terry towel sweat/snot wipe on the thumb is a generous size. The elasticated cuff is easy to pull on and there's no Velcro to wear out. This does mean they’re a bit harder to pull on, but once in place they’re more comfortable around the wrist. The 4-way stretch mesh nylon upper is breathable and hard-wearing, they’ve survived crashes and other abuses. They’re a good glove in a range of temperatures, they’re obviously not designed for keeping your fingers warm in the current cold weather, but I was surprised how well they coped.
The fit of the gloves is spot-on, and they're available in several sizes so getting the right fit should be easy. On the bike they're very comfortable. They're a thin glove - I like my gloves thin - and the huge silicone print on the palm gives a stupendously high level of grip on the, ermm, grips. They're robust and after a fair amount of riding show no sign of wearing in the usual weak points for gloves, at the seams and between the thumb and forefinger. They’ve also been through loads of washes with no ill-effects.
Another classic from Endura, a bombproof glove with some real attention to detail makes them a hit for the trail rider.
More information: Endura Singletrack II gloves
What Endura says:
- 4-way breathable stretch mesh
- No-fuss elasticed pull-on cuff
- silicon grip prints on palm and finger tips
- lightly padded palm
- Monster Terry sweat wipe
- Backhand silicone design
"Mountain biking gloves have to work hard. We expect them to protect our hands not only during long rides but also in case of a crash; we want them to be comfortable and padded in all the right places to absorb shock and to prevent sore spots – and yet we also want them to fit like a second skin. Oh, did we mention grip yet? Also, it goes without saying – at least here in Britain – that mountain bike gloves should keep the rider’s hands warm but not sweaty. And useful features like a sweat/snot wipe are generally expected as well. So we are lucky that the Endura product team has worked hard to make sure that the Singletrack II Glove ticks all the above boxes – and that it does so in style!"