Held Race-Tex Gore-Tex Gloves
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
Comfortable and Dry!!
Bought this glove for summer rain ride. After 30 minutes in the rain, the leather was soaked but my hands were still somewhat dry.
Excellent quality and extremely comfortable. The sizing chart is right on. My hands are 8.5 inches and got the size 8. The gloves were a little tight when new. After using for couple days, they are now perfect.
August 30, 2014
Last gloves you'll need
Build quality is excellent and the smell of the leather is worth the cost alone. Not insulated, so your hands aren't sweaty, but totally windproof so you don't end up with frozen fingertips. I feel very well protected with the combination of Superfabric, Kevlar, and plastic armor over the ulna.
July 18, 2014
So far, so good...
I've had my Race-Tex for about a month, so there isn't a lot to say at this point. The gloves look great, appear to be well-made, durable, with plenty of protection, and of course Gore-Tex. I've had them out in the rain quite a bit and they have performed great. I thought the Superfabric was a gimmick until I saw Klim using it on their higher-end gear.
Other than the possibility that they may be a hair too small for me, they have been great. Based on the sizing guidelines online I ordered a size 9. My middle and 'ring' fingers on both hands touch the very tips of the gloves and I find myself occasionally pulling the gloves forward a bit to reduce the pressure. They are such a close fit that a good long wear-in period might fix that. Either way it hasn't been a problem yet. I have yet to see how they do on a good long run.
With no mention of RevZilla competitors or pricing, I did end up pay quite a bit more than I needed to. I'm not sure why, but there was a significant price delta between RevZilla and some local suppliers, but it was too late to cancel my order and didn't make sense to pay to ship them back.
June 11, 2014