Lots of cycling equipment claims to be waterproof; these gloves actually are. You can dip your hands in a bucket of water with these on and nothing gets through the membrane. We know because we tried it – as well as riding in them plenty too, obviously. The bucket of water thing might not be particularly useful in normal cycling life but the ability to keep your hands dry whatever the circumstances certainly is.
The Deluge is fairly lightweight (128g) and low bulk so you retain a good feel for your handlebars and levers – you don’t feel one step removed from the action like you can in some big, thick gloves. There’s still a decent amount of insulation though, the soft, fleecy lining is warm and comfortable and, being waterproof, it’s inevitably windproof too.
High neoprene cuffs stops chilly air getting in at the wrists while Velcro adjuster allow you to make doubly sure there are no draughts. The downside is that we found the Velcro hooks would catch threads on other sections of the gloves if we weren’t careful when we took them off – and, to be honest, carelessness is our default setting. You might be more vigilant. Some people obviously feel the cold more than others – we certainly do and we’d be wearing these in typical autumn and early winter temperatures rather than in the bitterest weather.
The stretchy Cordura/Supplex outers mean you get a good, close fit without any tightness, while gel padding over the heel of the hand and the areas around the base of the fingers and thumb fends off any numbness. There’s reinforcement in that space between the thumb and forefinger (Endura call it the ‘thumb crotch’ – we don’t think there’s any need for that kind of language) and a large terry wipe panel comes in handy when your nose starts to stream in the cold. A silicone palm print stops your hands slipping on wet grips – it works really well – and reflective knuckle panels and logos show up well in headlights at night.
Overall, these are well-designed all-weather gloves – despite our issue with the Velcro wrist adjuster. They’re going to get a serious amount of use for all kinds of autumn/winter riding.
Waterproof, stretchy and well-padded gloves for autumn and milder winter days
road.cc test report
Make and model: Endura Deluge
Size tested: Black, large
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
About the tester
Age: 39 Height: 190cm Weight: 74kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding,
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a youthful 45-year-old Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.