Scotland's Endura has been producing on- and off-road cycle clothing for over 30 years, so it comes as no surprise that it has been one of the first brands to develop a gravel-specific clothing range of apparel. Using technology and expertise from its well-respected road and MTB clothing lines like the MT500 and Singlestrack series, the GV500 range aims to continue the brand's commitment to no-nonsense clothing with advanced performance and functionality.
Design and Specifications
The GV500 Long Sleeve Jersey is constructed from two main materials: a lightweight merino blend knit on the main body, and a stretch woven fabric overlay on the shoulders and tops of the sleeves. The aim of using this blend of materials is to provide a jersey that both regulates temperature but also protects from the weather. It is designed to keep your core from overheating by utilizing the wicking properties of merino to draw excess heat and moisture away from the skin, and to provide extra protection on areas that are exposed to the brunt of the wind while riding. The sections of the jersey where the overlay has been placed certainly feel more robust compared to the lightweight merino blend. The garment contains a minimum of 50 percent recycled yarns so it is environmentally and sustainably conscious, too.
There are three main rear pockets as well as two extra mesh pockets on the side. One of the rear pockets also features a zippered security pocket, useful for cards or other valuables. A robust feeling YKK zipper secures the jersey at the front and there is another zippered security pocket on the left chest.
Finally, there are some reflective details on the rear back outside of the jersey to aid low-light visibility, as well as silicone gripper strips on the inside of the jersey to prevent anything in the pockets from moving around when riding on gravel, and to stop the jersey from riding up.
While riding, the jersey felt comfortable and warm, both when used as a mid-layer under a jacket or as a top layer over a base layer. I could really notice the difference in the wind protection between the two fabrics, and the positioning of the wind-resistant layer on the shoulders and arms seemed well thought out. I did wonder if the jersey could be improved by continuing the wind-resistant layer over the entire front of the jersey, however, this would reduce the wicking properties and a lightweight gilet would do just as good a job should the winds really pick up.
I am 188cm tall and the medium size jersey fit me well. The sleeves were just the right length to stay put when on the bike, while also not feeling too long when off it. The bike-specific fit meant that the front of the jersey was cut high enough to prevent excess material bunching up during riding, however, I personally felt that the rear of the jersey was cut too low. To add to this concern, the back of the jersey is made from an ultralight merino blend which some riders may find will sag during use, especially if all five of the rear pockets are used. While this jersey is not designed to be skin-tight and aero in fit, I feel that the lower back of the jersey is considerably looser than the rest.
The three main rear pockets worked adequately, but I didn’t find much use for the two mesh side pockets other than to temporarily store my lightweight gloves while stopped at cafes.
The Endura GV500 Long Sleeve Jersey blends the temperature-regulating properties of merino with the protective properties of a stretch woven fabric into a jersey that is ready to tackle gravel rides in cold conditions. An almost ideal long sleeve jersey for challenging weather were it not for the poor fit on the back.
Tech specs: Endura GV500 Long Sleeve Jersey
- Price: $150 / £119.99
- Materials: Elastane 8%, Wool 26%, Polyester 28%, Nylon 38%
- Sizes: XS-XXL
- Colors: Black, Olive Green