Endura Deluge II gloves
Endura’s Deluge II is a heavy-duty winter glove with an internal waterproof membrane. It’s aimed at cold and wet conditions and it proved to be a top performer in testing.
Getting a glove with the right balance between warmth and enough dexterity to use your controls can be tricky. Too much padding and it can be awkward to use the shifters and brakes, whereas too little can result in cold hands.
With the Deluge II, Endura seems to have got this just about perfect; setting out on a ride, my hands felt just a bit chilly until I had warmed up, after which their temperature was fine, being neither too hot nor feeling sweaty.
That’s at the typical southern UK temperature of around 5°C with the usual winter damp. In cooler conditions, the rather light padding on the palms and the underside of the fingers might leave your hands a little cold.
There’s enough padding built into the upper surface of the gloves, under the windproof outer fabric, to help compensate for this, though.
Endura has struck a good balance between warmth and dexterity. Simon Bromley / Immediate Media
Endura has built plenty of reflectives into the Deluge II gloves. There’s hi-vis fabric on the sides of the fingers and another two reflective areas on the outside edge of the glove and on the underside of the thumb.
The faux leather palms have an extensive area of silicone printing across the centre. The forefinger and middle finger also have silicone bands, which help ensure an effective grip when using the brake levers and shifters.
The index finger has a touchscreen-active tip, too, and its top surface is made of absorbent fabric that you can use to wipe rain from your glasses. For bar comfort, there are two padded areas of gel in the heel of the palm.
The fit of the Endura Deluge II gloves is close so there’s no excess fabric to interfere with the shifters which, along with the low-bulk padding, lead to confident handling and control.
The cuff is effective at keeping out the cold. Simon Bromley / Immediate Media
Endura’s long cuff has a Velcro adjuster as well as an elastic section at the wrist, which was effective at keeping out the cold. Inside the water resistant outer fabric, Endura says there’s a seam-sealed liner.
It’s hidden from view but I could feel its presence, as my hands stayed dry in drizzly conditions. There’s also enough breathability that internal moisture build-up isn’t a problem in typical conditions.
Endura’s Deluge II gloves tick all the boxes for comfortable riding in the not-too-cold and not-too-wet weather of a UK winter. There’s enough insulation to keep your hands warm without sacrificing bar feel or the ability to use the bike’s controls effectively.