Held Air N Dry Gloves
Another Held Glove to the bunch
Been a follower of Held products since I started and was hesitant to purchase these for my Held glove collection.
I wear a size Large in most gloves (be a 9 in the Held industry) and wanted a glove that was in between the summer season and winter season. I ride a 2007 Speed Triple, so I have minimal wind protection for my hands (to give you a bit background).
So in the October/November months, my normal summer glove choice is the Held Phantom, and are perfect to wear later on in the day, but were awfully cold in the mornings, and on those cloudy days. I needed something a bit warmer to help out. I picked up these gloves hoping they were the solution. I've owned these for about 18 months now, so I believe I can give an honest review.
Some things I really like about these gloves:
-Very Comfortable to wear and sizing is spot on
-Two different pouches to slide your hands into depending on the weather at hand
-Got that nice Held logo on em
-Airflow on the "Breezey" pouch is very nice on the palms
-Fits perfectly with my Held Carese Jacket (looks-wise and fits perfectly under the zipper sleeve)
-Velcro is solid and strong
-"Clear Vision" Index finger wiper (found on most Held gloves)
Some things I do not like about them:
-These are NOT a 4 season glove as I keep hearing from research, incredibly cold in the winter (+ cold mornings) on a naked bike
-When taking them off, the inside lining almost always catches my hand, so it almost requires two hands to properly take them off
So bottom-line, If you're looking for a good glove to wear in between the warm and cold seasons, this is definitely a good glove if you want to be a Held supporter.
To save a few bucks you can easily buy a summer pair of gloves and then buy a winter pair for the two seasons and use one over the other depending on the season instead.
I definitely recommend them if you found out about them, and are on the fence about buying them (and have that money to burn on another pair of gloves). They are great for the in between seasons and when it starts to sprinkle (Held's Gore-Tex is amazing and will keep your hands dry and sweat-free!)
I have numerous Held Gloves and am reviewing em all since I love the company and find them all incredibly comfortable. Check em out!
November 28, 2014
- Dexterous in both chambers.
- Breaks in quickly.
- Visor wipe is excellent for clearing rain, bugs, whatever from shield without smearing.
- Well made. Seams aren't pulling, waterproof chamber doesn't shift inside glove, materials aren't ripping.
- Superfabric works. Involved in lowside that ate the Superfabric and nothing else.
- Can be difficult to feel controls in waterproof chamber. This comes with any thicker glove, though.
- Velcro at cuff and wrist snagged my base layer materials.
- Velcro at wrist can be hard to undo while wearing glove.
- Tabs at inside wrist can be cumbersome to tuck into jacket.
- Not very warm, even in waterproof chamber. They aren't advertised as such but I expected more with the thicker chamber.
- Pricey. I'm sure we're paying for the research.
November 25, 2014
A Great Glove for Transitional Weather
I've been very pleased with this glove. It's definitely not a hot summer-time glove, but it is an essential for me now. I've used it best when summer turned to fall and will use it again when spring arrives. Here in the Pacific Northwest, the ride to work can be in 20 to 30 degrees cooler in the morning than it is on the ride home and rain is always a possibility when fall or spring riding. These worked great with heated grips all the way into November here for riding to work (lows in mid 40's) and home (mid 50- low 60's). Heated grips really help this glove stretch into colder weather and sometimes it's best to be wearing the flap up on top of your hand for insulation against the wind while the heated grip takes care of the bottom. That said, I still put them away when the temps slipped below the mid 40's. If only short trips in town were involved, you could get away with them even longer into winter temps.
I would take this glove on any trip partnered with the appropriate next season glove (i.e. with either a full summer glove or a winter glove as appropriate). Its a great utility glove and probably among the lightest gore-tex offerings available.
Durability... I'm slightly dismayed in the subtle fraying exhibited on the textile finger tips. There are no functional issues, and they have been waterproof for me at 65 mph in heavy rain for 25 minutes (my longest "test"). I have no doubts in the Gore-Tex guarantee. My only constructive feedback to the designers would be that I would like to see waterproof leather on the tops and sides of the fingertips to eliminate the minor fraying. The kangaroo palm feels great.
Fit/Finish notes...The gauntlet closure does really help keep water from running down into the glove for the sportbike user. They also tuck inside most sleeves fairly well also. I've experienced zero water intrustion from the gauntlet (this also depends on your jacket cuff design). The palm does soak up water in the kangaroo skin outer, but it does not reach your hand. To me, this is a limiting factor on whether or not I commute with it. I cannot see fully soaking the glove palm and air drying it twice per day, every day on the rainiest days. So when it starts raining here more days than it doesn't, this glove is retired in favor of an insulated Gore-Tex glove with a waterproof leather palm (I've got the Rukka Imatra and the Held Twin) for those cold wet days.
Even though I am writing this at the end of November, I am looking forward to using this glove again in March. They'll be in the side case come mid-February just in case some warmish or dry days come early.
I would buy this glove again.
November 24, 2014
2in1 good idea, ok not perfect
First I have owned a pair of Held Steve gloves for close to a decade, they have held (pun) up well, and I still use them, most comfortable gloves I have ever owned. I wanted a pair of good quality waterproof gloves, the air and dry sounded like a perfect combination. this review is written after a year and approx. 8k miles of use.
Pros. These are high quality gloves like most Held products, love the kangaroo very comfortable. the perforation on the bottom is nice and does let you get some airflow when you hold the bottoms to the breeze. protection is good and I find them very comfortable to wear in moderate to cold temps as I have heated grips.They will keep your hands dry, proven over and over again. The style of this gauntlet glove lets you use the gloves over or under a jacket a nice feature.
Cons. Expensive, the two layer system makes these gloves run small so order a size up. They do not breath well the Gore-Tex liner sits on top of your hand when not used and blocks all airflow to the top of your hand, these are not gloves that I will ever wear in summertime except when it rains. the minimal venting allows water to soak the outer layer of Gore-Tex making your hands feel heavy during rainstorms. It then takes quit a while for the Gore-Tex liner to dry out, however keep in mind your hands will not get or feel wet.
Bottom line good quality waterproof gloves that can be used as a non summertime option (except rain), good protection, nice styling. Are they worth the cost? I think so based on my past experience with Held.
November 14, 2014
completely not waterproof but warm in cold and good airflow in hot weather.if you are going on a trip and you want to take only one pair of gloves this the perfect product.
November 1, 2014
Worked as advertized
I just got back from a 3 hour ride in the rain and my hands were dry. They get clammy just because it's not going to breathe like mesh but I put my hands inside the glove 3 minutes after taking them off and they were completely dry inside. The fit was what I expected. I measured my hand and ordered the size that that was recommended by Held and Revzilla and they fit good enough. My fingers seem to not be too long or too short for the width of my hand. The left glove pinky is a little tight but I expect that to break in since the gloves have only been worn twice. Someone mentioned the knuckle guard is too small and I agree but it fit well enough on my hand. Two things Held could do to improve the glove is make the knuckle guard larger and ad some protection to the thumb but overall I got what I expected and paid for. I high quality glove made in Germany. There is a string hanging off that i will clip so If the glove falls apart then I will have to take all this back :/
October 22, 2014
I wear XL's in Alpinestars, bought a size 9 in these and they fit. I'll get the only negative out of the way early, the little fingers are STIFF. I've had them for about a month now and they've loosened up a bit and broken in some, but the little fingers are still pretty stiff. On occasion it causes my little finger on my throttle hand to go numb. I'm hoping this will go away eventually. Now on to the good stuff, the air chamber provides a great feel on the controls and breathes well enough to ride into some pretty hot temps. The gore-tex chamber is comfortable and warm, I can definitely wear these into the upper 30'sF with heated grips. Without heated grips I think 40'sF would be about the comfort limit. The visor wiper works really well and I think safety wise these things would do great in a slide; I've heard really good things about the super fabric stuff. I think these are a great all around commuter glove, I'm willing to sweat a little bit when it's hot for the protection and with heated grips they do fine in the cold. Now that I've rambled on about my opinion, I'll direct you to another excellent video review (besides the great Revzilla one above) by OrcaGT, an excellent motovlogger from London.
October 10, 2014
I found the size chart to be close, but slightly tight on the finger lengh so went with one size up.
Not cheap but very good value. I have never spent more than $5 on gloves in the local hardware store and figured it was time to look for something special. These gloves are very well built and comfortable. They are living up to the marketing and price.
September 22, 2014