Held Air N Dry Gloves
Variable fit, great features, minor issues
I really like the idea this glove represents, and I think the execution here is pretty good, not quite perfect though. With any design there are trade-offs, and it wasn't immediately apparent to me what those would be for a two chambered design. Well I found it pretty quickly: the fit is not the same between both chambers. The "Breezy" chamber is a tighter fit. I measured my hand circumference at 9 inches, but bought a size 10. I think the size is actually supposed to be the width of the hand in centimeters, not the circumference in inches as Revzilla is implying. It is too small in the Breezy side, and snug but OK on the Dry side. The fingers are too short and create a webbed effect, mostly between the thumb and forefinger where the vital contact to the grip is made.
The Dry side fits better, but when wearing the gloves in that chamber the knuckle vents create uncomfortable pressure points.
The gloves protection level seems on par or a little better than average for a commuter/touring glove. The Superfabric palm and leather across the little finger are very nice.
The Breezy side is very much so, I rode in 80 deg F weather and was completely comfortable, cool even. I rode this morning in 60 deg F weather in the Dry side and it was pretty cool - you're going to want heated grips to use these gloves to their full potential. I have not tested their waterproofing, but Gore Tex is guaranteed dry for life.
The gloves are probably overpriced, like most motorcycle gear. I do not think they would completely replace a two-glove system, but they come pretty close.
I am returning the Size 10 and will be giving 11 a try. I will take a loose fitting Dry side for a proper fitting Breezy side.
August 22, 2016
Waterproof for 10 minutes
I like Held gloves. I have had another pair for years and that pair is well made and comfortable. I was drawn to these gloves since I could get away with one pair of gloves for multiple functions in my tank bag. They also offer good crash protection. Anything that is 2 in 1, 3 in 1, etc. involves trade offs. I was not surprised the gloves were warmer than most summer gloves given their construction. However, the water proof layer is basically useless. I have worn these gloves one season and they don't just get damp, they get soggy in just average rain fall in under fifteen minutes. Very disappointed given the price. I expect that from a $15 pair of Bilt Cyclegear gloves not a $250 pair of Helds.
August 13, 2016
If you only need ONE pair of gloves, this is it!
Got this for a sport touring trip I had planned and it performed admirably. Never got to use the "DRY" side, just the "BREEZY" side, even when it rained and my hands didn't get wet (not too much). Airflow is ok but in order to really cool your hands, you need to lift up your palm against the wind and/or your knuckles.
I had some callouses from my right palm for being on the throttle for 8+ hours, but that's because I don't have cruise control/Cramp Buster.
The look is superb. Fit is snug, for most fingers. Finish and stitching is top notch.
The rubber wiper actually works unlike my previous glove (which also failed significantly on the waterproofness).
The gauntlet is a bit snug to fit the jacket underneath.
If there's complaints to be had, then 1 - the palm gets dirty easily and sometimes it smells funky when it gets wet. No, it wasn't from my hands.
July 25, 2016
A Different Held Glove
My last pair of Held gloves (Profi) lasted over 12 years with moderate riding in all kinds of conditions. They were/are still great gloves. I decided to get a new pair and the Air & Dry made the most sense for my current riding.
The gloves are both OK and great. No bad features to speak of but, not the PERFECT glove either. First for the OK parts. After so many years of the Profi gloves I was a little put off by the lack of leather in the glove at this price range. Sure the fabric used is top notch but they make race suits out with lots of leather for a reason. Fit wise I normally wear a L/XL and these were snug at first but have relaxed with more wear. The gloves are hot (Atlanta Ga weather). The palm section really works when exposed to air though. If you cover the brake/clutch you can feel the breeze. If you don't your hands will sweat. The guantlet is smaller but does fit over a mesh jacket. I haven't tried it over my 3 season tour adventure jacket but I don't think it will fit (under is the likely option with that). Waterproofing is excellent and quick remove/reinsert hand and everything is great. It also dries quickly when the ATL thunderstorm stops (10 minutes from now and starts again 20 minutes from now). Protection is not the Profi glove but good and allows for some air flow. Feel is excellent after break in.
Would I recommend? Yes, but not for all riders. If you are touring most of America at least, this is your glove. One glove that does it all as long as it is NOT 100 degrees. Commuting? Maybe not as there are better choices including two sets of gloves. But if that is the situation you are avoiding, then these will work well.
July 14, 2016
Held Air and Dry
My review isn't really worth much since I haven't even had a chance to try them out yet. I have been able to try them on and have owned Held gloves for many years so I forecasted a bit. Fit seems on par for other Held gloves. Fit and finish seems on par as well which is up there with the best if not the best. I will try to add more as I get some use out of them.
June 8, 2016
Great gloves. I think I'm in love!
My new Held Air N Dry Gloves are the upgraded replacement for another brand I had to return due to seam failure. This is the second upgrade I've had to do and each time I returned the failed pair I upgraded. Thanks to Revzill's great return policy I was not stressed at all. My first impression when donning the gloves was they were pretty tight and I questioned whether I should keep them or return for a larger size. A quick call to a gear geek put my mind at ease. A trip to the mountains yesterday tested the gloves' features so I think I love them. Going up was sunny and just over 90. My hands never got hot. This seems counter-intuitive as there are 2 layers of leather and the Gore-tex membrane on the backs of my hands. I tried blowing in the knuckle vents and air went through as advertised; not so on the finger vents. That did not seem to effect the comfort. After stopping for gas I mistakenly put my right hand into the waterproof compartment. A few miles down the road I realized my mistake. My right hand began to sweat while my left stayed comfortable. A quick switch and my right hand was comfortable again. Returning home it was raining pretty hard so my hands went into the Gore-tex compartment. I was surprised how cushy the gloves felt, not tight at all, just comfortably snug. Riding home my hands stayed perfectly dry. So far the gloves have exceeded my expectations. Now to see how they hold up over time.
June 5, 2016
I ride year round in the NW. These are the best gloves. They felt slightly small when I first got them, but after about a month of riding they broke in perfectly. I've worn them in the rain and they kept my rain completely dry.
June 2, 2016
2-in-1 glove is awesome
I bought these because they were more protective, waterproof, and breathable, than my previous gloves. The hand sizing was spot on, but I found the thumbs to be a little bit on the larger size than I would have liked. It's a small enough difference that it is not an issue when I'm riding. I haven't tested how good the waterproof is ,but I'm relieved I have them in the event that I need it. Very breathable and comfortable to ride in on a hot day.
June 1, 2016