A winter all rounder, Endura’s Strike are equally suited to winter road and cross duties thanks to their blend of high quality waterproof construction, breathable membrane and classic understated detailing.
Fit is very snug, although doesn’t merit going a size larger than usual. Compared with many the waterproof materials doesn’t leave it feeling overbuilt. The moderate padding means dexterity’s not on a par with some, requiring their removal when performing roadside adjustments, jotting something down or taking photographs. Double stitched palms feature the seemingly obligatory thick gel padding and are pretty effective when used with either drops or flats but I’d still recommend a gel tape – especially for long hauls – and the strips failed to prevent bruised palms after a couple of hours spent atop pursuit bars.
Rescuing a water bottle from a river at high tide, I’m pleased to confirm they’re genuinely watertight – at least up to the neoprene cuff – and gel serrations on the index and second fingers offer excellent control in the rain. Unusually long Terry strips are a definite plus for taming snot.
The thrills of green lanes and sweeping singletrack have made little impression upon the backs and I’m confident the odd spill won’t ruin the palms either. Much to my surprise, testing through mild, mid summer climes has left my hands feeling warm but never pooled in sweat, testament to the tactile fleece lining’s moisture wicking prowess.
Subtle yet extremely effective Scotchlite logos ensure clearly visible hand signals, especially around dawn and dusk. Care couldn’t be simpler, just machine wash at moderate temperatures with a periodic shot of technical fabric proofing to keep them happy. Ultimately, there are technically more awe inspiring designs out there but the Strikes are versatile winter gloves.
Good benchmark do-it-all winter gloves
road.cc test report
Make and model: Endura Strike waterproof gloves
Size tested: L
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
The strike are Endura's best selling glove, looking at the Endura website you'd be forgiven for thinking they were primarily for mountain biking – Endura assure us they're not. In fact they are good all-round winter gloves which thanks to a blend of sensible construction, high quality materials and good detailing is why they are a top seller.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
A waterproof nylon/polyester mix, double stitched with exta long terry thumb wipe. Then there's the seemingly standard gel padding to protect the ulnar nerves coupled with gel finger detailing for better grip in wet weather. All this together makes for a very competent, reliable, generic winter glove.
Generally very well made.
Not completely sold on the positioning of the gel padding.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Overall the strike have been to Endura's usual standard and perform very well in most conditions and it's nice to find a waterproof glove that doesn't feel like the proverbial cardboard box. However, I'm not completely sold on the gel palm padding's effectiveness-especially over longer periods on drop and pursuit type bars.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Rugged, understated looks, nice detailing, good dexterity and being genuinely waterproof is a real bonus.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing particularly, I'm just not completely sold on the padding.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, in the main
About the tester
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,