Held Race-Tex Gore-Tex Gloves
Very impressed with these gloves so far
I'd normally wait a few weeks before reviewing a new product, but with a couple of very minor cons, these are very impressive gloves. This is my 3rd pair of Held gloves and they all fit very well - tight to get on, but a very snug fit with just the right amount of room at the tips of the fingers. Best of all, no bunching up in the palm, unlike some other gloves that I own.
Anyway, I wore them for the first time at the weekend for a 4 hour ride. Although they felt new and a little stiff, they were immediately comfortable and have protection in the right places.
They have all of the usual Held goodies, like the rubber visor wiper on the left forefinger, although I was disappointed to see that they were made in China. The quality appears not quite as good as the other Held gloves I have, which were made in Hungary, but still better than Brand A.
The one negative is that the gloves felt a little warm on a sunny, 65° afternoon. My hands didn't get sweaty at all, so the Goretex was doing its job, but it doesn't bode well for warmer weather. Hopefully the flipside is that they will work better on cold days than my current all seasons gloves.
They're not exactly a bargain at the current price, but then it is a very technical product and well made from quality materials, so I'm really not sure how to mark them on the value scale..
November 18, 2015
Great Glove! Typical Held fit & craftmanship
The Race-Tex is my 4th pair of Held Gloves, My hand measurement is an 8.5 but I always order size 9 if half sizes are not available in the model I want. Held gloves fit snug and are phenomenal once they are broken in. The Race Tex is no exception. Its tactile feel in the palm and fingers is great. The top of the gloves are very protective and contain small vent holes in the fingers. The Race-Tex is a gauntlet glove which should fit easily over a jacket sleeve....unfortunately, this isn't the case with this model and is my only complaint. I have to carefully shimmy the gloves over the sleeve on every jacket I own and is somewhat annoying, but the overall quality of the gloves withstands this small annoyance.
November 2, 2015
I love Held gloves. I bought these for track day use and commuting based on the video review by Anthony - spot on!. I have very large hands and the size 12 fit me perfect (which is unusual since my fingers are long). Fit was excellent, construction is top notch. Protection is right up there with the best of them. Love the wrist since-down. The weight/thickness is a little on the heavy side compared to GP gloves but that's what you get with gore-tex gloves. Wore them to work about 5 times then did a track day with my Multistrada. Comfortable right from the start. Scored the "airflow" as average but be aware that the Ducati has hand guards that probably deflect most of the air. I'd buy these gloves again in a minute - expensive, but worth every penny!
July 28, 2015
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