Held Freezer Gloves
Excellent cold weather glove
I chose this glove to upgrade from my current winter glove. This was a great choice for me. The construction and fit of the glove is first rate. Super comfy without all of the bulk you normally see in a winter glove. I have only worn it once it 40 degree weather and my hands were definitely toasty. I have other Held gloves and will stay with Held. You get what you pay for! Held is perfect for me.
March 31, 2014
Get them a little bit bigger and get some liners if it's freezing
I think it's hard to read these reviews without context, so here's my situation:
--I'm skinny and have poor circulation year-round. My fingers and toes go numb all the time in winter, not just on my bike. Like, sitting around my house. [And, no, it's not diabetes]
--My general ride is about 10 minutes at 30-40 mph on city roads.
--I live in central Missouri (StL/KC latitude). [but see below]
--I ride a lot at night, frequently at 2 am, when it is quite cold, very different from daytime commuting.
--I have tried two other pairs of winter gloves, both with liners. One was a generic department store glove and the other was a standard (not high-end/polar) Kombi ski glove from an outdoor specialist.
--I wear long underwear and good boots (if I don't have the boots, I wear 2x socks) and a balaclava and have a windshield. [Your fingers will also freeze if you are losing heat elsewhere.]
Other reviewers have said you can get other gloves just as good for a lot cheaper. That *might* be true, but I never found them.
The gloves are a bit misnamed as "Freezer" gloves, but they are still pretty darn good at 32 degrees. Your hands will get cold, BUT THEY WON'T FREEZE.
With all my other gloves my fingertips turn white and go numb within 10 minutes; if I rode longer in those gloves, I would absolutely get frostbite.
My hands and fingers ARE cold in these gloves, yes, but they aren't frozen and I'm in no danger, just discomfort.
Look at all the negative reviews from this year (the "polar vortex" 2013/2014 year) compared to other years. These gloves as-is will work for you 350 days out of a normal year around here. Not that you'd want to wear them in July but you probably could.
These gloves are a tight fit (use their measuring methodology, then round up). They will break in, somewhat, but if you're not sure--GO BIGGER. [Or order 2 pair and return the one that doesn't fit.]
I had to order a second--larger--pair. I use glove liners and ride 365 days a year (less ice and snow, and even then sometimes). I've ridden as cold as 5 degrees F (wind chill -13).
This winter the average temp when I ride at night has been 13 to 23 F.
If I was going to commute 20+ minutes at highway speeds, I'd just pay the extra fifty bucks for heated gloves. Either that or buy brush guard/hand shields. Or drive. There is no glove that's going to work at 15 F for 45 minutes at 60 mph and also give your fingers the abilities to do fine manipulation.
Imagine standing on a glacier in 60 mph winds...you'd be wearing big fat mittens, not form-fitting leather gloves. Or you'd be inside an enclosed vehicle, not an idiot like me on a bike.
So you have to manage your expectations. I admit the price on these gloves is very high. You can probably get something 90% as good for 50% the price.
By the way, there is no arguing that these gloves are FANTASTIC for 40+ F weather. For the price? That's up to you.
P.S. Is it wrong that I just ignore the reviews from Florida?
March 10, 2014
So far, so very good
They work very well in keeping hands warm, a little bulky but not as to be a problem.
March 3, 2014
great gloves.... mutant thumbs
I've successfully commuted and long distance traveled through the Scottish winter,
the very tips of my fingers got cold after about 1.5 hours riding at 70mph at -1'C and have never had wet hands despite the pis*ing rain that Scotland delivers so well :D
my only gripe is the size of the thumb, its massive, actually longer than the middle finger on the glove, so you have at least a cm of the tip of the thumb flapping around,
I'm sure it would be handy to have a thumb that large, but alas im not one of the mutant few
March 3, 2014
Well designed and fit to purpose
This glove is very well designed and manufactured. I only wish I could have used it more often. Let me explain.
For you Polar Vortex denizens, SoFla has only a cool season (40-50 degrees F Dec-Feb). But we lust for it, as the Summer (May-Oct) is 90-90 (degrees F & humidity) all day long.
So acquiring a cold weather, waterproof glove is still important. But heated gloves are overkill. With value for money, excellent design & build quality, fit to purpose, this glove serves well.
However, the past two 'Winters' have been unseasonably warm, disappointing all of us locals. The sweaters have rarely left the closets. So, for the few days It has been cool enough to need it, this glove is great.
February 24, 2014
These gloves did not keep my hands warm
Maybe I'm asking too much but, the description of this glove led me to believe they would do a "decent" job of keeping my hands warm @ 60 mph in 30 deg.. However, this was not the case. I wore them for the 20 miles I ride to work in 34 deg. and they did no better in keeping my hands somewhat warm than the MUCH cheaper pair of gloves I've been using. They were comfy and probably OK at higher temp but, if I'm to spend this much, they have to do better than this.
January 6, 2014
Great winter glove for temps around 30 degrees
I ride through the winter in Colorado when the roads aren't snow covered. I recently bought a pair of BMW winter gloves and my fingertips froze in temps between 15-30 degrees. I took the BMW gloves back because of their lack of warmth. I bought the held gloves and have been wearing them for about a week and riding in temps between 20-35 degrees. My fingertips are warm and the gloves are comfortable. I do not agree with the reviews that state the gloves are not warm below 40-50 degrees. Very happy with the warmth so far.
January 1, 2014
Super thick gloves (making it hard to bend fingers) that don't keep you that warm. My Held waterproof goretex gloves (no insulation) kept my hands warmer. These sit unused now, I moved on to electrically heated Venture gloves (which even when unplugged are warmer and thinner than these).
December 24, 2013