The POC Resistance Enduro Adjustable gloves are designed for the rigours of enduro mountain biking. They marry a superb build quality with the perfect fit and features that work. The Resistance Enduro Adjustable gloves may cost an arm and a leg but they’re without a doubt one of the best mountain bike gloves currently available.
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POC Resistance Enduro Adjustable gloves - Technical details
Despite the enduro references the Resistance Enduro Adjustable gloves can be used for downhill and cross-country mountain biking, too. Citing that they’re ideal for big days on the bike, POC says these gloves combine top-level fit and feel with useful features.
Those features come in the form of an adjustable wrist closure that allows the wearer to tune the fit around the wrist. There’s also the usual silicone printing at the fore and middle fingers along with conductive threads sewn into the thumbs.
As for the build materials, the Resistance Enduro gloves consist of 90% polyester and 10% elastane for the moisture-wicking backside, 60% polyamide and 40% polyurethane for the perforated palm and a 100% polyester thumb, which makes for an excellent soft wipe.
Finishing of the feature list is reinforcement between the thumb and forefinger and silicone printing at the wrist which acts as a pull.
These gloves are available in five sizes from XS to XL that fit palm lengths of 17 to 21cm and knuckle circumferences of 16 to 24cm. There’s also a choice of six colours.
POC Resistance Enduro Adjustable gloves - Performance
Fit is high on the list for me when it comes to the best. mountain bike gloves and the POC Resistance Enduro Adjustables hit the mark here., there’s no such issue. The fit is so good that I’ve not had to put the Velcro cuff to any serious use. I simply stick it in place so it’s not getting in the way while riding.
And with good fit comes great comfort, which is another thing that the Resistance does very well. The upper, or backside is stretchy and almost articulated, made with a similar but much finer construction as what’s found on the back side of some riding trousers. This build allows for plenty of dexterity and freedom that’s as if I’m not wearing gloves at all.
Importantly, there are no seams at the very tips of the fingers as the palm material wraps over the top, where there is a seam. This further boosts comfort and reduces the amount of spare material in this area.
Something that’s very hit-and-miss on a range of MTB gloves is the conductive threading that allows for touchscreen use. Sometimes it’s poorly placed or it simply doesn’t work at all. However, it’s refreshing and rather smart to see this threading on the thumbs, where you can fiddle with a device’s touchscreen without any issue. It works very well, which is a big plus.
Then as a result of the single-layer palm, bar feel is top-notch. The palm fabric isn’t as thin as gloves such as the Lizard Skins Monitor Ignite but it doesn’t negatively affect the Resistance Enduro. Grip on the bar is plentiful also.
Performance-wise, during summer, it will get a little warm and sweaty. However, this makes for a glove that’s capable in the cooler months, too, greatly boosting its versatility and resulting in a glove that can be worn year-round.
As for durability, I’ve been riding in these gloves for a good two to three months and they’ve been through the wash many times. They look and feel just as good as they do when first unboxed and there’s no sign of threads splitting or any kind of wear in general.
POC Resistance Enduro Adjustable gloves - Verdict
However, the biggest downside is the price. At £60, this pricepoint goes above and beyond many other options in this space that perform well for a fraction of the price. However, if you ride in gloves all of the time and want one set for most conditions, £60 makes for a worthy investment, especially when you consider the durability, comfort, fit and feel the Resistance Enduro Adjustable gloves provide.
But a glove that I still wear regularly comes at a significantly lesser price of £20, the ION Logo Glove. Comfort isn’t quite as impressive, nor is the build quality but I’ve ridden in these since testing in 2022. While the silicone printing is disappearing, the build of the glove is still as strong.
Coming close in price (at the time of this test) is the Dakine Thrillium glove. It comes built with fancy materials, such as the leather palm but its build quality doesn’t match up to POC’s offering. And it takes a while for the leather to return to form after a wash when worn.
However, if £60 is a bit too much for your liking but you’re sold on the Resistance Enduro glove, POC offers the same build and shape but without the Velcro strap for £10 less. Given that I’ve had no issues with the diameter of the cuff, this may well be the one to buy.
Although the price is, without a doubt hard to ignore, the POC Resistance Enduro Adjustable gloves certainly pose a solid return on investment. They’re durable and the conductive threads work but most of all, they’re super comfortable and the fit is spot on.