It was never going to be long before we started to see gravel specific gear make more and more of an impact in the market. And who better to design a range than Endura. The Scottish giants have been making market leading kit for a number of years working alongside the worlds top riders, and now they’ve launched a brand new Endura gravel range.
With over 25 years of heritage engineering game-changing cycling kit for on and off road, not many brands are better placed to deliver a no-nonsense, performance gravel collection than Endura.
The new GV500 range deploys Endura’s favourite tricks, materials and technologies from both MTB and road, to create adventure specific garments that are ready to tackle every surface. With input and wear testing by world class adventure cyclists including James Hayden, it’s designed to take on an evening gravel blast, a trans-continental crossing, and everything in-between. All GV500 products are carefully designed to work as a system, supplying ample storage for epic day-long to multi-day adventures whilst keeping a bulk-free, streamlined fit.
Gravel riders are generally opting for a toned-down roadie look, or a close-fit MTB casual style, or sometimes a combination of the two. Endura have come up with the more road-biased Reiver pieces alongside the Foyle products with roots firmly on the MTB side.
“Reiver” of course refers to the UK’s original and biggest gravel event (https://dirtyreiver.co.uk/ ) which takes riders on a 200km loop of gruelling gravel, crossing the border between England and Scotland – an event where you need the best performing kit. “Foyle” is derived from the self-proclaimed home of Scottish gravel Aberfoyle, now often referred to by those who frequent the network of trails as #Gravelfoyle. With a highland feel but less than an hour from Glasgow, many of the Endura staff have ridden in this area over the past 25 years on various different wheel sizes and different tyre widths.
The Endura Reiver Bib shorts are the first up in the Endura Gravel Range. They’re adventure ready gravel bib shorts with added cargo carrying ability. They deploy a concept pioneered by one of Endura’s original products (the venerable MT500 shorts) with a double layer panel on the outer thigh to protect the rider – and shorts – in case of a crash or a brush with spiky foliage.
The lightweight stretch woven fabrics and lumbar support panel borrowed from the new Pro SL bibshort’s design supply a fantastic compressive fit, securing the bibshort no matter how hard or far you ride. Silicone strips on the lower back help hold a baggy in place if worn as an under short, designed to work perfectly with the GV500 Foyle baggy shorts. Endura’s trusted 600 series pad is used for its balance of superior vibration dampening and support.
Large mesh pockets on the back secure essentials while mesh side leg pockets supply a great way of carrying snacks that can get accessed quickly and easily.
GV500 Foyle Shorts are slim cut “baggy” shorts designed to work perfectly with the GV500 Reiver Bibshorts for a more casual look without compromising on long distance performance. A lightweight, full stretch woven fabric with a PFC-Free, non-toxic durable water repellent finish in combination with a slim cut provide that flap free, barely there feeling. The mesh lined inner waistband features printed silicon grippers to reduce slipping down even when you’re riding on the drops, while the elasticated Velcro® waistband adjuster tabs allow for an individual fit.
Zipped front hand pockets store away your essential, and their partial mesh bags aid ventilation, as do the laser cut perforated vents of the shorts. Zipped thigh openings double up as vents, too, and provide access to the aligned GV500 Reiver Bibshorts cargo pockets. Although engineered to work perfectly with the GV500 Reiver Bibshorts, these shorts feature the renowned Clickfast system, meaning they integrate with any of Endura’s liner shorts.
The GV500 Reiver Short Sleeve Jersey is a packed with features for adventures long and short. The main body of the jersey is constructed from a rapid wicking, lightweight, recycled knit fabric. This soft touch, melange dyed material gives the jersey a subtle tech look. Super-stretch woven fabric on the front-facing articulated sleeves delivers extra durability, and critically positioned mesh panels provide great ventilation.
There are pockets aplenty, from the zipped chest and rear security pockets, to the three open rear pockets plus large, easily accessed side mesh stash pockets. The lightweight internal hem elastic with silicon gripper print prevents the jersey from riding up.
Go casual in the GV500 Foyle T – made from a rapid wicking, lightweight merino-blend knit main body fabric regulates temperatures in a wide variety of conditions and keeps odours at bay. Combine this with a standard slim, yet relaxed, flap free fit, and you get the ultimate technical riding t-shirt. Like the jersey, the T features super-stretch woven fabric on the sleeves for extra durability and critically positioned mesh panels for superior ventilation. Further details include a zipped rear side security pocket and articulated sleeves for a bike ready fit.
We’ve long been huge fans of all the gear that comes from the Endura brand, and it’s great to see them continually pushing the limits now with this new Endura Gravel range.