Held Race-Tex Gore-Tex Gloves
Excellent gloves that I would buy again
These gloves, overall, are an amazing product. They fit slightly on the smaller side, but the more I wear them the more they take shape to my hands, so be patient. They will begin to fit better over time. The leather is soft yet very durable. I sweat a lot when I ride but these gloves do a great job removing the moisture. I would highly recommend these to anyone looking for high quality riding gloves. I would buy them all over again.
June 22, 2015
Held Quality... Race Inspired... Space Alien fingers
Why I bought these:
-Wintertime hi-way riding in Arizona
-I don't feel any airflow, but there are vents all over it.
-Race Technology for a winter-time touring glove checks all the boxes. They are what they say they are.
-Sexy looking gloves for your racer-boy side. You know I'm right. :)
- Warm, not sweaty. Very good for 3 season in AZ. Don't even try it in Summertime.
-Protection is perfect for a street glove for any rider. I could harp on about all the built-in features. Amazing protection.
-Wrist and gauntlet closures are easy to use, and comfy.
-I do like the little wiper. It really works for a quick shield wipe.
-Sizing is quirky. The XL's fit me best, however, the fingers are substantially too long. The Large are painfully too tight around the palm, and the fingers are still a touch too long. I'd say, if you have space-alien hands with long skinny fingers, these bad boys are for you. For me, I find the extra flop on the ends, interfere with lever control. I plan to have them locally modified by a professional seamstress to adjust the finger length.
-Glove are very stiff, and hard to bend while new. I don't have enough ride-time to say if they will loosen up enough to be comfortable. But heavy traffic use will make your clutch and brake levers pretty annoying quick.
-Price for fit/style is a touch steep. You have to love the Held gloves to swallow the value.
-The inner liner isn't too bad at making the gloves bulky BUT, you still know it's in there, and wish it wasn't. That's the price we pay for lined gloves.
April 22, 2015
Fills a needed niche
The video really describes these gloves well. Track levels of protection with real road practicality. I don’t like cold or sweaty hands and so far I’ve ridden in temps from 50F-85F and they’re very comfortable. Here in central TX I would consider them good for spring & fall plus warmer days in winter and cooler days in early summer. These are my third set of Held gloves and if they last as long as the others I’ll be very happy. One stand-out point is the ergonomics, not just the overall fit, but the way the gloves work on your hand. I expect them to soften with time but right out of the box they bend in all the right places, are very comfortable and give great feel on the bars. The Gore-Tex “extra fit” is a real plus and the liner doesn’t pull out when you remove your hand from the glove. If you’ve ever put a wet hand into a glove which has a loose Gore-Tex “sock” on the inside then pulled it out again, you’ll know what I mean.
March 30, 2015
Held In Check
Ok, pricey gloves, but they are Gore-Tex. Winter gloves that are this bulky should provide some warmth! They do not. Even with my grip heaters my fingers were freezing!
Riding in the coldest temps at 20-25 degrees, forget it, your hands will freeze. Temps above 40 degrees are fine with these gloves, but I wear different gloves for those temps.
The drawback is that they are too bulky to get the feel of your throttle and clutch handles.
What I do like about these gloves is the two tier or levels of hand placement. Upper tier for the soft and furry feel and the lower tier for getting a better feel of the throttle and clutch handlebars.
With that said, I do not think there is a true winter riding glove that will protect your hands from freezing, especially your finger tips. These gloves are well made and ooze of quality. Just wish they would offer more protection.
Lastly, I just bought a pair of Held Summer Gore-Tex gauntlet gloves. Ummm....these gloves were better for winter riding than the winter glove. Maybe because there was more leather than textile.
February 9, 2015
Great glove, but has some shortcomings
I have one complaint about these gloves, which is the length of the gauntlet. Unless it is raining, I like to wear my gloves over my jacket sleeve, but these gloves are so short that I have to carefully fold and stuff the sleeve inside each time. Even when I do that, my sleeve is likely to pop back out again mid-ride. For a top-shelf four-season glove that costs just under $300, this is a real pain.
Now, with that said, the gloves are awesome. I have been riding with them for the last six months, and the exterior is holding up perfectly. The Gore-Tex liner keeps my hands dry, while flowing a reasonable amount of air (not fantastic, but pretty good). The liner feels like it is coming a little loose at the end of one finger, but not enough to really upset me.
Also, I found the sizing a little odd. For any size that fit my palm/wrist well, the fingers were slightly too short. If I sized up for fingers that were long enough, the palm/wrist area was too big. Just something to be aware of.
October 27, 2014
Got these for 3-4 season riding with heated grips, I hate bulky gloves and hate the typical winter glove protection factor. I think these will work with heated grips and vest down to about 30 degrees, and I wore them in 70 degrees and was ok while moving. The GTX actually works better than expected at both blocking all wind but allowing hand to breathe. Pretty sweet glove overall.
These gloves fit well, feel really solid, have excellent feedback and dexterity, fit over my leather jacket well, and look good too.
First pair of Held gloves, I wear Handroids in the summer. Very happy with purchase, though definitely expensive.
October 20, 2014
Anthony Nailed The Review
I'm on the last day of a 2000-mile tour with these gloves, bought new two weeks ago. I ordered a large, but the tag in the gloves says XL. They were a tad tight, but they've stretched out after a good soaking in the rain.
Speaking of rain, they do keep your hands relatively dry, but not really dry. I rode five hours in hard rain and they got soaked, but don't have the sodden, these-things-will-never-dry feel that most leather gloves get. Moreover, they dried in about four hours, which is good.
Very hard to get on when wet. But I like the gauntlet closers and the wrist strap, which is well designed. For a $250 glove, I'd say the product delivers.
September 15, 2014
Awesome gloves - sizing was tricky
These are some amazing gloves. Granted, I have never owned gloves even close to this price, but after trying a couple nice looking options which cost a bit less but didn't quite fit I ended up with these, and very am happy I did. They look and feel absolutely bomber - I am confident they offer excellent protection - and the fit is (finally) perfect for me. For sizing I first measured my hand as in the photo on this site for Held sizing - hand flat on a table, tape measure below knuckles. I got 8.75" so following sizing advice from the reviews I figured I would be good with a 9, and ordered another Held glove. Nice glove, and I would have happily kept it if it weren't a bit big for me. The body of the glove was roomy but OK, but the fingers were long enough to catch on the brake and clutch levers of my bike - not good There were no other sizes available in that glove so I had to look elsewhere. So I tried another brand in a similar price range but they were very snug around the middle of the hand - almost couldn't get them on - and the fingers were still too long so sizing up didn't look promising. I decided to go back to Held so I measured my hands again, but this time hands in the air, and got 8" instead, which supported my decision to order the Race-Tex in a size 8. The fit is snug but feels good. My thumbs and a couple fingers touch at the ends a little, but I much prefer this almost perfect finger size to the overlong fit of the other gloves. They are little stiff but I am confident they will loosen and mold to my hand with some more wear. My take away on sizing for Held gloves is to a) measure your hand while it is NOT flattened on a table top, and b) if you are on the border of two sizes when measuring this way, as I was with 8", go with the smaller one for best fit. Good luck finding your perfect glove - I know I found mine. The price is high but I feel they are worth it, and I am probably a Held owner from here on out.
September 13, 2014