We've tested the Etxeondo Esku gloves. With no padding but plenty of grip, did they keep us comfortable in the cold?
Etxeondo is based in the hills of Spain’s Basque Country, so cold climbs and descents are a staple of its winter riding, with the Etxeondo Esku gloves being designed for riding in cold, dry conditions. They’re made from windstopper fabric front and back and I found that they kept my hands comfortably warm when out this winter, without adding a lot of bulk or inhibiting grip or bar feel.
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The logo-infested palm pattern affords plenty of grip even in the wet, although since the Etxeondo Esku gloves are not waterproof, they wet out and your hands will get damp if it rains. The logos continues onto the thumb and first two fingers to help with shifting and braking too. But they’re not padded, so there’s no protection from road vibrations or jolts, which you might find gets a bit uncomfortable on longer excursions.
They come quite high over the wrist, so that with most jackets there’s plenty of overlap and no cold spots here either. There’s no adjustment to the cuff though, with just the stretch in the fabric to ensure a good fit, although I did not find this a problem.
The Etxeondo branding on the back of the gloves is reflective, but otherwise there are no additional safety features.
A fairly straightforward pair of gloves: they keep out the cold but are not adjustable or padded