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Endura GV500 gravel kit review

Endura’s new GV500 collection blends road and MTB features to create high-comfort, high-performance gravel and bikepacking clothing

Endura GV500 clothing review
(Image: © Guy Kesteven)

Our Verdict

Good-value, gravel-specific clothing range, the Reiver cargo short and jersey are particularly stand out items with their high attention to detail

For

  • Good fit and comfort
  • Technical fabric
  • Well-considered features
  • Good value considering all the features

Against

  • Fit of bib shorts not for everyone
  • Baggy shorts are noisy

Endura’s Singletrack and MT500 collections are already very popular among gravel riders but it’s new GV500 collection gives the drop-bar dirt crowd a capsule wardrobe of their very own. There’s some really nice details in terms of features and fabric, too

Endura GV500 clothing review

While it has a casual T-shirt fit, Endura has included plenty of ride specific features (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)

Endura GV500 Foyle T

Casual-fit riding T-shirt

Price: $85 / £59.99 | Colors: Olive green, Rust red (tested) | Sizes: XS - XXL

Casual cut
Technical fabric
Can handle mixed conditions

The Foyle T looks relatively simple at first with a loose T-shirt cut and a small, open chest pocket that’s more cosmetic than functional on the bike. The small zipped pocket on the right-back is just big enough for a mid-sized phone, car keys or energy bars. You won’t get all of that in there though as that will pull the lightweight merino wool mix fabric out of shape and skew the way the jersey hangs. Unlike most riding Ts there’s a lightly weighted/stiffened flap with silicone strips to keep it in place over your lower back though, so if you leave it lightly loaded it sits really well.

The upper and outer sleeves and collar are a stretch windproof fabric that adds a bit of noise, but keeps the T in shape and shrugs off showers on the bits of the shirt most exposed to weather and overgrown shrubbery. Mesh panels under the armpits help keep you cool on climbs and the merino mix itself is naturally cool and stays relatively fresh-smelling over successive days. It still hangs onto heat when wet, too, which is good as it does take longer to dry than a pure synthetic.

The casual cut with a smart blend of technical fabrics for mixed conditions and some other clever features makes it a good technical top if aerodynamics don’t bother you and pricing is okay considering all the features. 

Endura GV500 clothing review

The central pocket gets a small bellows section to maximize the capacity (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)

Endura GV500 Reiver short sleeve jersey

Classic closer fit jersey but there’s a lot more going on than expected

Price: $127 / £89.99 | Colors: Olive green, Rust red (tested) | Sizes: XS - XXL

Technical fabric
Good fit
Lots of space in the pockets
YKK zipper
Limitied reflective/visibility detailing

The lightweight >50% recycled fabric is relatively open for fast wicking and drying and there’s a central spine panel and side panels in an even stretchier, breezier fabric, so it’s naturally snug but never too restrictive. The articulated cut upper and outer sleeves get the same stretch windproof design as the GV500 T and the same fabric is used on the three ‘classic’ rear pockets. The central pocket gets a small bellows section on the back and elasticated top for extra expansion as well as a perforated triangle design presumably to help ventilation or draining if you stick a damp jacket in there. There’s a zipped sub pocket on the right-hand side of the three for valuables, and then there are two large stretch pockets on either flank, too. That gives you a ton of capacity for cargo and they’ve sensibly fitted a silicone gripper strip around the hem to reduce excess movement if you abuse that. There’s another phone-sized zip pocket on the chest so endurance gravel racers certainly aren’t going to struggle to find space for snacks and spares. Reflective detailing is minimal though so choose the red color option if you want to be seen. 

Given the feature list and details like the tabbed YKK zips, the pricing is good compared to far simpler, less-considered jerseys we’ve seen.

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The GV500 Reiver bibs are brimming with cargo storage options (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)
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The double-layer fabric design adds a little more durability to the shorts (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)

Endura GV500 Reiver Bib Shorts

Cargo bibs with excellent pad and comfort

Price: $170 / £119.99 | Colors: Black | Sizes: XS - XXL

Technical fabric
Lots of storage space
Good value considering the features
High fit not for everyone

Underpinning the whole GV500 collection are the Reiver cargo bib shorts, which combine extra storage with supportive pedaling performance and even some crash protection. Bibs with pockets are the hot new ticket for any kind of endurance riding, and the Reiver features two mid and two small mesh pockets on either side of the spine. There are also two more pockets formed by the stitching of the bibs onto the body, but those are slim CO2 cartridge-sized stashes that you probably won’t even get a full gel into. The center is left clear to sync with the high-capacity pocket on the Reiver jersey, but that does mean some lost storage potential if you’re running these shorts with the T or under a non-pocketed shell. Cargo capacity doesn’t stop there though as there’s a big phone-sized pocket on the right thigh and a double bar or gel pocket on the left.

These pockets sit over a double-layer fabric design that stops potential chafing and also gives a bit more slide protection if you get a bit carried away in a loose corner and end up on the deck.

While the pockets are definitely a big deal they’re not the defining aspect of these shorts. If you’re used to the high levels of support and compression from Endura’s PRO SL bib short then you’ll find the obvious ‘spanks’ effect a belly taming, muscle-stabilizing and lumbar warming bonus. The high cut does take some getting used to though, particularly if (like me) you’ve got a ribcage that looks like you’ve hatched an Alien. The broad, firmly elasticated straps also mean no drag down if you load the pockets and silicon straps across the yoke sync with similar details on the GV500 tops and baggy shorts to stop draughts and flapping. There are more grippers to keep the mid-length hems in position too. Endura has fitted their top ‘Continuously Variable Profile’ (CVP) 600 Series pad II with a stretch 3D design that includes gel inserts to help combat rattle and buzz from gravel or other rough surfaces. It’s a seriously comfortable setup too and considering everything that’s going on with these shorts they’re actually great value.

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Just above the knee gravel shorts are DWR treated for added weatherproofing (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)
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The Foyle shorts are compatible with Endura's Clickfast padded liner system (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)

Endura GV500 Foyle Shorts

Lightweight baggy shorts

Price: £79.99 | Colors: Olive green, Black | Sizes: XS - XXL

Works well with Reiver bib shorts
Lightweight
Quick-drying
DWR doesn't last long enough
Noisy material

There’s still no hard and fast fashion ruling on whether you should wear baggies for gravel or not, but if you do, these lightweight shells are designed to be the perfect ‘Foyle’ to the bibs. The only really obvious bit is that the side leg zips are actually vents that also line up with the thigh pockets on the bibs. Really useful when you’re running them together but don’t forget that they aren't actually pockets in their own right and dump your gear on the floor by mistake. You still get zipped hand pockets with partial mesh liners for venting if you’re running without the bibs though.

The rear waist is made from wicking fabric with multiple silicon strips to stop shorts slip and there are velcro side straps to cinch things in. There are Clickfast press studs to link to Endura’s liner shorts as well. 

The lightweight, stretchy, fast-drying fabric has proved impressively durable on other Endura shorts we’ve tested and it’s coated in a PFC-Free, non-toxic durable water repellent finish to provide some splash proofing when new. Like most eco-friendly coatings that’ll need topping up a lot more frequently than less environmentally friendly treatments though. The mid-leg cuts move freely without billowing too much and it doesn’t snag or drag if you’ve got stuff in the bib short thigh pockets. The fabric is quite noisy though so if you’re all about riding ASMR (or you film when riding) that’s worth thinking about.