Held Airstream II Gloves
Exceptionally comfortable, we'll made gloves
A bit spendy, but absolutely worth the price.
They flow a ton of air and fit, we'll, you get the idea. I also own the Steve gloves for colder weather, but still prefer the airstream because they fit so perfectly.
Just an amazing glove for mild to warm weather. I've worn them into the high 40's and low 50's and still found them comfortable. Much below that and your hands would get pretty nippy.
Best gloves I have ever owned.
May 29, 2016
Significant wear after less than 300 miles
I bought these as a replacement due to my Scorpion exo guardian left hand glove meeting it's untimely demise at the mouth of my father's dog. I would much rather have the Scorpion gloves back.
I have used these gloves for 2 rides totaling about 300 miles. The seam on the right hand glove has already split where the velcro strap attaches to the glove.
On both gloves the end of the velcro straps has frayed apart uncovering very sharp velcro underneath. This velcro put significant scratches on the tank of my bike.
The slider that runs down both wrists digs into my hands where my Palm meets my wrist. This is very uncomfortable and becomes painful after just a few minutes of riding.
I got caught up in the Held hype and reviews when I purchased these gloves. I will not make that mistake again. These are my first and will be my last pair of Held gloves. I very highly DO NOT recommend these gloves.
April 20, 2016
Could've been perfect
I've used it for a couple of days now. Seems high quality, well built, protective, has a nice airflow and feel on the brakes.
However, the stitches are felt in the tips of my fingers which is kind of annoying. Hope it's something I'll get used to.
March 13, 2016
My previous gloves were the Held Airstream Hero gloves, which I loved everything about them for what I do. However, after three years they began to tear at the perforated leather on the top of the hand. I suspect this is the reason Held discontinued the Hero and replaced with this Airstream II.
I have put in a couple thousand miles with these gloves now and they I really like them. I ordered the same size as the Hero's but the Airstream II seemed to be a tad smaller. It took about 300 miles for them to stretch to my hand size (Held says they need to be a little snug at the beginning). The quality is high and the materials are great. The design is what I like most about them. The perforations between the fingers allow for great airflow. This is my 3 season glove commuting 60 miles/day until the temperature drops below 40F (BMW r1200gs has hand guards which block the wind that I take off during the 3 seasons, but put them back on in the winter). The full gauntlet allows more crash protection, but is a little tight to get over the sleeves of a jacket but not too much of a hinderance. Also the price is a little high but then again, they hopefully will last 50,000 miles, so with that perspective, are worth it. They are descent for the occasional track day too with sufficient crash protection.
January 22, 2016
I really like these gloves. I will say that the only niggle about them is that the right hand glove seems slightly smaller/tighter than the left hand one. That little fact has been mentioned by some others on other reviews, and I just wanted to confirm that my experience was the same. Other than that, the sizing was spot on with revzilla's sizing recommendations. The gloves took a little time to break in, but are now fitting like...well like a glove.
The airflow is fantastic. Plus there is a lot of features that makes these gloves nice. There is a wiper blade for your visor, super fabric to help you slide in a fall, kangaroo leather for durability and stretchy material between the grooves of your fingers. The semi gauntlet design gives some added protection and sense of comfort that my wrists are in good shape, but make it a little more difficult to get them on and off with my jacket. That's to be expected, though.
January 20, 2016
Great summer glove
Have had several Sambia gloves in size 10 but size 10 in the Airstream II was too large. Size 9s are snug but better than the larger size.
The increased protection over the Sambia's is readily apparent.
October 19, 2015
My hands run warm so these have become my standard above 65 degree glove. Great ventilation and the cuff is small enough to fit inside my jacket. Dries fast when it gets wet.
October 6, 2015
Feel the Breeze
These gloves are all about that ventilation. You can really feel the breeze run through the glove when you're at speed. And if you take a hand off the bars, and turn it palm forward, the perforations really let the air in and is incredibly refreshing on a hot day.
At first the gloves felt pretty tight, but after a few days of wear, they broke in nicely. The fingers still feel a little short, so I feel a little pressure in the fingertips, but it's not bad.
Another nice feature is the palms and finger tips are relatively thin (compared to my winter gloves), which gives you better feel for the bike, and makes operating the key pad to get into my office parking lot much easier.
September 28, 2015