MT500 Freezing Point Gloves -The perfect winter glove?

Today we are talking winter gloves. First things, first you need to know that I suffer really badly in winter with cold hands and have Raynaud's disease. Raynauds means the blood vessels in my hand overreact to the cold basically this means when the temperature falls I suffer from painful and numb hands and toes.

So I am a good test of any winter gloves. Over the years I have tried so many gloves claiming to be the best on the market and game-changers but for me, they just didn't work. I would still struggle and have to stop and take the gloves off and try to warm up my hands constantly. I know this must make me a really fun riding companion but it is the only way I can stay out in winter and you know being able to actually feel the handlebars I am gripping is kinda important in mountain biking. 

Enter The Endura MT500 Freezing Point Gloves

So what makes them special. 

Firstly we all know Endura makes great kit. I have used Endura kit for years and I have a pair of their windproof gloves from years ago that are still one of my most reached for pairs of gloves. They just work and I love them. So being Endura I know the quality will be good. 

The sizing and price

The gloves sizing range goes from XS to XXL so a really good range of sizing. There is a size guide on the Endura site.  I have a size small.  They are £59.99 which is a bargain for the quality.  

What makes them so good for cold weather? 

The MT500 Freezing Point Gloves are made with PrimaLoft® Gold Active Insulation. This is a world leader in warmth to weight ratio. PrimaLoft® Gold Active Insulation is a water repellant. It has 4-way stretch and awesome breathability. Not only that but it packs down small making it ideal for mountain bike gloves.  You would like with all that insolation it would be really bulky but It is not. I still have really good control on the bars. The MT500 Freezing point gloves also have silicone palm prints to help you get even more grip on the bars helping you stay in control even on the coldest days. 

Are they really waterproof? 
Yes, I was wearing these in a snow and sleet storm and my hands stayed nice and warm and dry. 

Other notable features
The MT500 freezing point gloves have a stretch softshell backhand and fingers for added comfort and control. They have a PFC-free non-toxic durable water repellent finish. 

They have a long cuff so they are really easy to pull on and off. As you can see they easily cover my Garmin watch. I have it rolled up in the photo above. Actually, I forgot to roll it down as I was looking for the miles I had just done my bad. I also found the gloves to be really breathable too. 

My Review

My first test of these gloves was on a very cold and snowy day in Fort William. I headed out in the morning when the temperatures were still extremely low. It wasn't until I was at the top of the Torlundy climb which is about 3 miles from Nevis Range that I realised I had not stopped to warm my hands. Now, this might seem like nothing to you. But I would normally stop about four times on this climb to warm up my hands so I can grip the bars. Now this particular day the ground was still very frozen with ice under fresh snow and it was very cold indeed. If you suffer like me with the cold you will be really impressed with these gloves. 

I am always a bit worried about winter gloves that they will be too bulky and not give me any bar control. But luckily these give me lots of grip and control even in a snowstorm. Yes, they are thicker than summer gloves but you need that for the warmth. I have to say I am very impressed with these gloves and I am so glad I have them now. I know these will help me stay out longer on the colder days. What more can you want from winter gloves. How has it taken me this long to find them? 

I hope you enjoyed this little review and I will be back with more soon. If you have any questions do get in touch I am always happy to help in any way. 

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