POC’s Resistance Enduro Adjustable gloves are - as the name indicates - aimed at enduro riding and employ tough and hard-wearing fabrics to offer more protection than lightweight highly ventilated gloves. Despite the enduro tag, they are one of the best mountain bike gloves for general trail riding duties with good breathability and reasonable comfort levels.
Design and aesthetics
The Resistance Enduro Adjustable gloves look like any other lightweight glove and aren’t all that heavy when you’re wearing them. POC’s styling is generally best described as distinctive but these gloves manage a nice understated aesthetic with a choice of five colors to choose from. The POC logo on the finger is embossed and the two-tone design is sharp. They lack the typical protection of a glove aimed at enduro riding and won’t look out of place on a cross-country or trail ride.
POC has utilized breathable but thicker robust fabrics in the construction of the Resistance Enduro Adjustable gloves. The polyamide and polyurethane palm is a hard-wearing material with perforations to help airflow on warmer rides. Two fingers are dotted with silicone material for extra grip on the brake levers but, unfortunately, they’re not smartphone compatible. There’s no padding on the palm but the thumb is covered with a towel material for sweaty brow wiping. The polyester upper has 10 per cent elastane with stretch in one direction to ensure a good fit and it’s a durable material to ward off crash impacts. A narrow velcro band closure keeps the gloves in place, POC does another version of the Resistance Enduro without the velcro adjustment if you prefer the simplicity of a pull-on glove.
For riders that are hard on their equipment, these gloves live up to the abuse. They have a clear feeling of being indestructible with plenty of tough materials and the inside of the hand reinforced for good measure. The one-piece palm might lack padding but it’s soft and thin and provides a good feel through the handlebars which is my personal preference. The shaping and fit across the top of the hand is good but I found the fingers to be a little tight around the ends. Although not uncomfortable on longer rides they were as second-skin as some other gloves reviewed previously.
They’re not the cheapest gloves but they are well made and deliver the durability you want and expect when lining up for an enduro race, but equally at home on less intimidating trail and cross-country riding. Despite the slightly tight fingers on my hands, they are comfortable gloves that strike a nice balance between being lightweight and breathable but tough and rugged enough for riding that might push your limits. They do lack reinforcement of other similarly labeled gloves, however, but the materials appear to make up for that.
Tech Specs: POC Resistance Enduro Adjustable gloves
- Price: $55 / £45
- Colors: Moonstone grey, Uranium Black, Light Azurite Blue, Prismane Red, Basalt Blue
- Size: XS-XL
- Weight: 43g