Held Airstream II Gloves
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
Good glove but with its drawbacks.
So I bought these gloves in June of 2015, writing this review three months later. I've used them everyday and so far like them and feel safe wearing them.
Some initial things I noticed were that the left and right glove fit differently. Having measured my hands they are quite symmetrical but the left glove started off a bit too big and the right glove was significantly small. It was my understanding that leather gloves will break in and they did but not to the all time comfort of my left glove. The first few weeks my right hand felt significant discomfort with the small sizing and with the discomfort in my fingers gone by now there still remains mobility issues and discomfort resting my hand around the throttle.
Sizing issues aside the gloves are holding up pretty well as far as wear and tear go. I do see some stitching coming undone but I don't believe it is significant as it seems there are redundancies built in. My one biggest complaint though on the wear and tear though is about the outlining material around the gloves opening. Occasionally while adjusting the gloves I find that I am poked by sharp fibers and it irritates me when this happens.
On to airflow the gloves flow great I must admit! But one of the fall backs for me is that they flow great primarily on the underside of the glove. So I find myself taking my hands off the handlebars to get that sweet sweet airflow. It would be nice if the flowed more on the back of the hand side.
In the review video Anthony mentions that they are not waterproof and sad to say my gloves have seen their fair bit of rain... maybe five showers in the past three months. Being somewhere dry this was unexpected for me but I found that the rain did not harm the gloves as bad as I thought it would. I will still be looking into proper maintenance off the gloves though having seen rain.
September 19, 2015
about to rip after 6 months use
i ordered these gloves feb 14 2015..and barely 6 months later, the perferated kargaroo is tearing apart on the hand where close to where the seam for the superfabric is..
extremely disappointed in the durability..my second pair of held's 1st being the sambia, and those also fell apart at the fingers..i dont think ill be buying held again.
i was expecting a much better glove from held. if i wreck, i really believe that the glove will rip open at that exact location of the bigger stretched leather.
August 28, 2015
Great glove , I believe in you get what you pay for !
August 10, 2015