Held Rainstar Gloves
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
Fit Well and Look Great
I was looking for a summer, waterproof glove. In being waterproof, I really wanted Gore-Tex, because of the waterproof qualities and guarantees by the Gore-Tex manufacturer.
I have never had a Held glove before, but I really like the style and fit. I ordered a size 9 and it fit like a glove! It has not rained since I made the purchase, so I cannot really speak to the waterproof qualities yet.
While a gauntlet style glove, the gauntlet part is not that big. I have a Klim Latitude Jacket (size Large), which has longer sleeves and there's no way I'd be able to get the glove to go over my jacket sleeve.
I don't think this is a problem, as I've read pros and cons for the glove going over or under the end of the sleeve.
I did notice that the glove does get warm in really hot (85 plus degree) temperatures. I have a pair of Revit Comet summer riding gloves that allow so much airflow, that anything less and you really notice it. Honestly, I think I'll continue to use my Revit gloves when it's hot and dry, but then bring out these when it turns wet.
While I have a pair of winter Gore-Tex gloves, I am going to try these Held gloves in the winter. With heated grips and Hipp Hands, they may actually work pretty well. We'll find out in about 5 months.
June 11, 2012
Great all around!
I live in So. Cal. we have generally mild weather. Since I commute, it can be as cold as 50F in the mornings and 95F by mid afternoon. I needed a glove that covered that range. This glove is perfect. One note, using the size chart, I was suppose to get size 11... I went for the 12 which fits perfectly. As always, Revzilla made life easy for me. Thanks guys.
June 4, 2012
I bought these gloves right before a week long trip as the only waterproof gloves I had before were winter gloves and I wanted something that was waterproof but not as heavy/warm. As it turns out it rained quite a bit on our trip so these got put to the test and I can report that they worked exactly as advertised, no leaks. I will note that in other gloves, including other Held gloves I wear a 9 but in these I needed a 10. The price is steep but if you're looking for a warm weather waterproof glove you'd be hard pressed to find something better.
April 30, 2012
Worth the price.
This is my sixth pair of Held gloves. When a long ride for me was 100 to 250 miles most gloves were acceptable for me. When I began riding longer distances the seam location, fit and overall feel of many lower priced gloves felt worse as the miles added up each day. This led me to try a pair of Held gloves which were on clearance and the improvement in the feel and quality of the glove was very noticeable. I was suspicious any glove could be worth 2-3 times more than what less expensive gloves cost but with thousands of miles with Held gloves I find the extra comfort and performance these gloves offer is worth it for me.
It will be a few months before I get to try these specific gloves on a long ride due to winter weather setting in. What I know sitting in my living room is these fit like gloves should fit right out of the box and if the on road performance is anywhere near what I've gotten from Held gloves in the past I'll be very happy with these gloves. I was looking for a cooler alternative to my Held Warm and Dry gloves which always keep me warm and dry but were too hot for warm weather rain. I am hoping these keep me as dry as the winter gloves but cooler for the warm and rainy days when touring.
January 9, 2012
Excellent fit, finish, and function
I haven't tested the 'waterproofness' of this glove, but take the GoreTex commitment as making that a given. I'm actually pretty much a rain wimp, but go with GoreTex wherever possible, both for breathability and also to have no issue when I do ride in the rain.
These gloves are actually the most comfortable I have ever worn, motorcycle or regular. I settled on them after a long discussion with the RevZilla techs, and now turned into a Held fanatic.
For those of you who can't believe spending this kind of money on a glove, I've been right there with you... until now. If you can afford Held, buy Held.
I rode with these for the first time with handguards, in temps in the low 40's, for a 47-mile commute. My fingertips were definitely cold by the end of the ride, but not painful or numb. This was a 'stress test,' and I don't intend to ride with these in low temps, but it's nice to know they perform well in that range.
December 7, 2011
Awesomely comfortable, versatile and protective glove
While certainly on the pricey side, you are getting Held quality and protection in a Gore-Tex glove utilizing X-trafit technology. All the bells & whistles cost money.
X-trafit means the waterproof liner is laminated to the outside of the glove (you do not feel it) and it does not try to pull itself out when your hands are damp. These gloves were extremely comfortable from day 1 and needed no break-in.
There is no direct ventilation so for 90F+ days I would want a mesh glove, but in the 80's this glove was fine for me. It comfortable got me down to the low 50's (have not had a chance to lower). It is Gore-Tex so rain is a non-issue.
For commuting or a multi-day adventure when you do not know what weather you are going to hit, this is the glove to bring.
September 13, 2011