Held Rainstar Gore-Tex Gloves
Terrific for wet weather
I can't believe the extreme quality and attention to detail in Held gloves. I have the Held Short Race and really like them for every day riding in mild to warm weather. I live in Northern CA so it doesn't get really cold here, but I needed something for when it's a bit chilly and rainy, and these are perfect 3 season warm. Extremely good waterproofing, tested many times, and the left glove even has a little face shield wiper built in.
These come up a ways: i'd call them shorter gauntlet gloves, which fit nicely underneath your touring jacket.
On the rare occasion where I've had these out in 35-40 weather they are a bit chilly, as they have no thermal liner.
The armor is awesome and doesn't get in your way controlling the bike. The only downside is the glove fingers can not control a smart phone screen.
March 2, 2015
Very nice glove, runs small
I've got about 1,500 miles on these gloves, so far, and I'm very happy with them. I had to return the first order to get a larger size, but I"m pleased otherwise. They are expensive, and I expect them to last for quite awhile.
November 24, 2014
review is on fit only!
I'm writing this to help others with longer hands & fitting. These gloves were suggested to me as having longer fingers than other brands. By Held's size chart my hand measured >9", a size 9. From my wrist to the tip of my middle finger is 8". To make sure my fingers would fit, size 10 was recommended.
Gloves arrived, and I tried gloves on. The palm area was WAY too big, the thumb was fine, but all the fingers were too short. Gloves are going back. Next up...Ladies gloves!!?? (no pink) ;)
November 7, 2014
Comfortable, high quality waterproof gauntlets
I purchased these for early and late season wear when I'm more interested in staying warm enough than in staying cool enough. For the hot days I have a pair of Klim Induction gloves and they are perfect for that duty. In cooler weather if I can keep the wind off, my heated grips provide all I need to be comfortable. The Rainstars felt broken in the moment I put them on. The second pair, anyway. I'm normally and XL and first ordered these in size 11. I could get them on, but just barely. A quick replacement with a set of 12s and I was good to go. They aren't loose, but they don't bind anywhere and all the padding and velcro lines up just right. The gloves are quite sturdy with thick leather in all the stress areas, but the palms are soft and have good feel on the controls. Cuffs can go inside or outside my Roadcrafter jacket. I had them out for about 45 minutes at 35F and with the heated grips it was easily tolerable. I sure wouldn't have picked these for riding through the heat of summer, but likewise I didn't want a true winter glove with all of the bulk for cool weather rides. Excellent gloves.
April 17, 2014
Very comfortable from the get-go!
"Fits like a glove" is how they felt the first time I wore this pair of Held gloves and after six months they still feel right.
The airflow on days above 85 degrees was not sufficient, and the airflow on days below 60 degrees was too much. (My hands are sensitive to the cold.) I have a pair of Rev-It leather/ mesh gloves that are more appropriate for extreme heat and a pair of Firstgear TPG winter gloves with Powerlet heated glove liners for days while riding in temps below 50 degrees.
I can't attest to their waterproof claims since this Summer was so dry! (I could try them in a bucket of water)
The Held are my "Goldilocks" gloves which I look forward to wearing when the ambient temperature is "just right"!
I haven't had an "off" while wearing them, but I am confident they will keep my hands protected. They are extremely well made and the company's attention to detail is quite high.
November 14, 2012
Well constructed- need to test on a big rain ride
I purchased these gloves so that I have something functional in heavy rain conditions. Up until now I have been using rain covers over my regular gloves and just got tired of dealing with that setup on longer rides in the rain. I normally wear a size 9.5 glove. The size 10 Rainstars are a snug but comfortable fit on me. Construction of the glove appears to be first rate. Use the Held measurement guide and follow the measurement instructions. The lining is constructed so you can pull your hand in and out in rainy conditions without the liner separating from the rest of the glove. The gauntlet is not long on this glove. The gauntlet is not a large diameter either so don't expect that the glove will go over a heavy jacket. My rain jacket has an inner sleeve. The Rainstar gauntlet wlll go over the inner sleeve and under the outer sleeve...should be a good setup to keep water out. I think these will work fine for all three seasons except for winter. The big question at this point is will they maintain their waterproofness over a reasonably long life? That will be the real test.
September 30, 2012
Exceptional Gloves Offering Exceptional Protection
Shortly after I received these gloves a motorist decided to ignore my turn signal, and zoom past me while I was making a left turn. My bike collided with her car and these gloves took a decent impact from the collision.
The cow hide at the knuckles was damaged a little by the impact, and I slid a little on the rey skin. Nothing made it through the glove, and the impact didn't feel significant.
While maybe not as breathable as I would love, these gloves are exception for protection and water resistance. The GoreTex really helps the hand not to feel sweaty.
I would recommend these to anyone.
September 24, 2012
Ok for warm weather riding
I purchased these gloves because I tire of ending a day with the pruned out hands I get while riding in the rain while wearing my regular gloves. I ride in North Carolina and during the summer it rains quite often. If you wait for a day to ride where you can be reasonably sure you will not get wet, you will not ride all summer long.
I wanted a glove that would keep my hands dry but not be insulated as it is usually 95 plus degrees here in the summer. So far these gloves have done what I have asked them to. The review on the Revzilla site helped me make my decision.
I will be honest. I am skeptical when it comes to goretex or any other "breathable" fabric in regards to being "waterproof". Being in the military, I have experienced all sorts of uncomfortable weather conditions and I have not found goretex to offer much in the way of keeping me dry when the heavy rains come. After a few hours goretex is soaked and I am wet. I have not experienced that sort of rain in these gloves yet so I will not comment on their ability to keep your hands dry in heavy rain. Just know that goretex is not as good a rubber, in fact nothing is as good as seam sealed rubber. I am tempted to purchase some waterproofing sealant wax for leather and treat them with that. It will add a serious level of waterproofing to the gloves and would absolutely give you at least 80% more waterproofing than as the gloves are from the manufacturer. (Google “Sno-seal”).
I will comment on the fit and durability of the gloves:
-The fit is a bit snug, which is comfortable actually. I did go bigger than I usually do, I measured my hand and was in between sizes, I opted for the larger. It was the correct choice.
-I like most that these gloves are not flashy. Solid black in color and the armor and knuckle protection are conservative in appearance, not in function. I really like that.
-There is some girth in these gloves, obviously the goretex lining and the felt next to your hands. I have not taken them off or put them on over wet hands yet, but I don’t think that the liner will be an issue. It seems to be solidly in place and I don’t think it will pull out of the glove as I have experienced in the past.
-There is perforation in the leather between the fingers, I assume that this is to allow the hands to “breathe” as goretex advertises the ability to do. I did not feel any significant airflow when riding but you can be assured… If AIR can get there, then so can water.
-The palm is leather and there is still some good dexterity and feel for the controls.
-There is a rubber heel pad, it helps hold onto the controls, a very nice feature.
-I have never been one to try and use a shield squeegee, but there is one there if you need it.
-The gauntlet is not restrictive at all and will hold the cuff of your sleeve down. Unless you have thumb loops on your jacket, this is a nice feature.
Overall I really like the glove and would have given it five stars if I were convinced that the goretex will actually keep your hands dry in heavy rain. If I experience this and they do work, I will come back here and update this review with the fifth star.
July 16, 2012