Held Rodney Gloves
Breezy and beautiful
The Held Rodney gloves are light and soft with great tactile feel. The palms have a slightly tacky feel on the controls, a feeling I've really begun to appreciate, as it gives me a feeling of being very connected with my machine.
Air flow through the top of the glove isn't super, but is enough to keep me reasonably comfortable on all but the hottest days. And since the palms are perforated as well, when my hands get hot, I just have to lift my fingers a bit to get great flow through the whole glove and cool my entire hand instantly.
The much ballyhooed visor wiper doesn't seem to be any better or any more useful than just using the side of your gloved finger, so I'm not sure why that gets talked up so much. It certainly isn't obtrusive, though.
The short of it is that these were exactly the summer gloves I was looking for, and I love riding with them.
May 13, 2016
Made in China
It may be "engineered in Germany" but it is made in China like so many other gloves.
May 10, 2016
The Held Rodney is replacing my 9-year old Revit Monsters as my warm weather commuting/touring glove.
My requirements are:
* perforated leather - I like the all-round protection of leather and how leather forms to your fit.
* non-bulky protection - Need to fit easily into my Triple-Digit rain gloves. Helps to be able to reach into pockets too.
* quality materials/brand reputation - Held and positive reviews on the Rodney
* simple closure - I like summer gloves to fit inside jacket sleeves and not be fiddly to get on or off.
Fit - I have an average size/shape hand, measures 9-inches circumference, so a size 9. Revzilla gear geeks and some
reviewers advised this model runs large, so I ordered the medium (8 - 8.5). It certainly does run large as I have extra
finger length in all digits, not excessively long but my finger tips don't bottom out like they did with the Revit Monsters
in size large. I'd prefer a little more "pre-curve", e.g. less material in the palm, but it doesn't cause any discomfort.
I've run these for a couple of weeks now, daily commuting and a 750-mile weekend tour (wherein they fit nicely under my rain gloves). I didn't have occasion to use the rubber visor wiper on the left index finger, but not a bother that it's there.
Temps in the mild range, 50-90F. I need heated grips under 60F. Keeping my grip closed offered enough insulation in cooler temps. Opening the grip allows good air flow to the hand.
Happy with my purchase. Don't expect them to last 9 years but they have no apparent flaws either.
May 9, 2016
Good glove. Stupid wiper is not a deal breaker.
I needed a glove with good air flow, decent flex and tactile feedback, as well as moderate protection. These definitely fit the bill. The only problem is the stupid, stupid, stupid, rubber wiper, which is very irksome and protrudes into the finger obnoxiously, not mention that it is totally useless here in SoCal now that the rain is over. Why have a wiper for a perforated summer glove anyway? Weird. Not a big deal though, the benefits of this glove heavily outweigh this little nuisance which is easily corrected anyway with a 5 step process: 1) turn glove inside out, 2) cut stitching along the finger, 3) pull stupid, stupid, stupid wiper out, 4) re-stitch, 5) reverse right side out. The guy at the leather shop down the street did this for me for $10, voila! stupid, stupid, stupid wiper gone. Now I have a great glove with 'roo skin palms and a neato SuperFabric palm slider section - and great styling to boot! The padding over the knuckles is kind of nice, although I would have preferred plastic for a slightly more aggressive look, but all in all I am more than satisfied. I have a pair of simple deerskin gloves that offer better "fumbling-in-pockets ability" than these, which is probably the only real disappointment here, if any. This is due to the fact that they are super comfortable with regard to how they set up the panels and stitching, but the fingers just don't fit "tight" like I would like, although they are the perfect length. Anyway, if you are on the fence, get this glove; I don't think you will regret it.
April 22, 2016
Finally some good gloves
After several attempts with cheaper gloves that just didn't last, I decided I'd actually open my wallet and get these. I've been using them consistently for commuting and just riding around for the past two or three weeks (about 15 lengthy rides on them) and I'm really liking them.
I think they are a bit on the pricey side for the features you get (it's not much more than a basic perforated leather glove) hence why the "Bang for the Buck" and "Features" categories are simply average. But that price brings some great looking gloves that are very comfortable (though, I find the fingers just a hair long).
Finally, as I touched on before, this glove isn't a ton more than a basic perforated leather glove. There is some minor knuckle padding, but I wish they put just a touch more padding in the palms; not just for additional protection, but for a bit more support/comfort for those long rides and the base of your palm/wrist start getting sore.
Overall, I wouldn't hesitate to get another pair of these, though it seems like they'll last for a while so hopefully I won't need to any time soon.
April 20, 2016
Vented gloves that really vent
Have had vented gloves in the past. Lots of holes that do not really do much. With the Rodney gloves, hands on the grips, fingers together and you really do not feel anything. Spread your fingers just a little and you can feel the air above and below your palms. These are great.
April 5, 2016
Super breezy, comfortable. and durable.
I'm also able to use my smartphone as long as it isn't under 60 F outside.
Highly recommended, especially if you have fat fingers.
April 2, 2016
Very comfortable. The fit was excellent., and it looks great too.
March 22, 2016