Endura MT500 Freezing Point gloves review – waterproof gloves for winter riding

Very well made gloves that live up to their name and claims of keeping cold and rain at bay

Endura MT500 Freezing Point waterproof gloves
(Image: © Jon Slade)

Bike Perfect Verdict

Fantastic gloves that made cold and wet rides a lot more enjoyable this winter, although they’re not entirely perfect.


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    Properly waterproof

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    Very warm

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    Grippy palm

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    Long cuff

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    Durable design


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    Bulk compromises dexterity

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    Snug wrist opening

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Endura, the well known Scottish brand, is known for its well-designed and made biking gear, and these gloves live up to expectations, keeping chill at bay in temperatures down to around 32F/0C. To see how they compare against other MTB winter gloves see our best winter gloves group test.

Back of glove

The softshell back has rubberised protection across the knuckles for added durability (Image credit: Shim Slade)

Design and specifications

These tick all the boxes for a warm winter glove. They’re well constructed and boast a waterproof, breathable internal membrane plus PFC-free DWR finish. The stretch softshell backhand and fingers feature rubberised protection across the knuckles for added durability, and this also covers the top of the cuff. Inside is PrimaLoft Gold Active insulation and a soft microfleece lining. The suedette palm has silicone print for extra grip, as do the forefingers, and the fingers – and thumb – are touchscreen-compatible. The glove is finished off with a usefully generous snot wipe covering the whole top of thumb.

Palm of glove

Silicone print on the  palm and fingers ensures great grip even in filthy conditions (Image credit: Shim Slade)


These are a rare find – ‘waterproof’ gloves that are actually waterproof, and don’t let water in at the seams. After a couple of months’ muddy wear and several tumbles through the washing machine, they stayed true and dry inside after a few minutes held under a strong shower jet, despite the outside wetting out (the DWR finish no longer apparent). Even when sodden wet, the fingers still worked with touchscreens too.

Likewise, they really keep your hands warm in icy conditions, blocking wind chill. I’m prone to numb fingers and the Enduras definitely kept them warm longer than other winter gloves, and they’d warm up again once cold too. They didn’t get too sweaty inside either, and the cosy lining is sewn in so there’s no risk of pulling it out when you take the gloves off. It’s comfy too; I couldn’t feel any seams inside. The long cuff helps keep the warmth in as it protects your wrists and tucks inside jacket cuffs – as long as these aren’t too tight because it is quite bulky, especially with the Velcro tab.

Even when wet and muddy, the grip on the bar was good and using shifter and dropper paddles no issue. As for fit, I’m a medium according to the size guide, and that felt fine when they were on (though I’d appreciate a smidge longer fingers). However, the elasticated cuff is a bit tight and this made them harder to pull on if my hands were wet (from rain) or if the lining was a little sweaty. If you don’t tend to take your gloves off mid-ride this won’t be an issue, but on longer rides when we stopped to layer up or eat I found I needed to remove them as with their warmth comes bulk, and loss of dexterity. It was tricky to feel for zip pulls, for example, and to grab the Velcro tab of the second glove to fasten it. However, these are minor niggles for an otherwise excellent pair of winter gloves.

Cuff of gloves

The cuff is long and cosy but also quite bulky so check it fits under your jacket cuff (Image credit: Shim Slade)


These are very good winter gloves indeed. Lightweight, warm, properly waterproof and not a bad price considering their performance. And Endura offers a no-quibble refund or replacement policy within 90 days of purchase. Check the fit before buying if you can though, as the cuff opening is snug.

Tech specs: Endura MT500 Freezing Point waterproof gloves

  • Price: $ 69.99  / £64.99
  • Sizes: XS-XXL
  • Colors: Black
  • Features: Waterproof membrane, PrimaLoft Gold Active insulation, microfleece lining, touchscreen-compatible fingers & thumb
  • Materials: Elastane 15%, PU 20%, Nylon 25%, Polyester 40%
  • Rival product: 100% Hydromatic gloves
Shim Slade
Freelance writer

Shim first discovered MTBs when she moved to Bath in the mid-nineties and has been making up for lost time ever since. She started working on Mountain Biking UK nearly 20 years ago and also counts What Mountain BikeCycling PlusOff-road.cc and Bikeradar among the bike-related magazines and websites she's written for. She loves exploring technical singletrack, has ridden England, Wales and Scotland C2Cs and gets out in the Quantocks and the Black Mountains as often as possible. Other regular riding destinations are the Lake and the Peak Districts, and an MTB holiday in India is her most memorable, partly for its uber-steep tech. The odd trip to the Forest of Dean and Bike Park Wales inspires her to get wheels off the ground, but that’s a work in progress, helped by coaching with Rach at Pro Ride and formerly Pedal Progression