Held Short Race Gloves
Great 'everyday' gloves for commuting
I recently upgraded my cold & wet weather gloves to the Held Rainstar Gore-Tex gauntlet gloves, and I was so amazed that I decided to give Held a shot at fulfilling my requirement for a 3-season warm 'everyday' glove. These are nicely sealed from a chilly breeze, but they are not insulated for truly cold travel (below maybe 30F without heated grips).
Initially I hesitated because these are oddly named 'short race glove'. I'm not sure these are the right choice for racing on the track, but they are perfect for when you need to throw on a short glove quick and easy, and want great comfort, terrific fit, and yet solid protection. And you're willing to pay for something that will last. When I showed these off at work today, a buddy of mine showed me his Held riding gloves which he's had for 4 years, and he still uses them every day!
One note on fit: this company doesn't use the typical S, M, L system --you have to measure your hand and then look on the size chart. For example, I'm an "8". This might seem like a pain but what you get in return is, in my opinion, a much more precise fit tailored for your hand. Be sure to measure BOTH hands though, because they are sometimes not the same, and then probably match on the size chart with the larger one.
Held is absolutely maniacal about quality, and it shows. Just look at the stitching and how precise and secure the seams are! From the second I put them on out of the box, they felt already reasonably broken in. The styling is nice, but plain: black or white. I read their web site and it says it takes 90 minutes of sewing to make one pair. They seem to have a good amount of armor without sacrificing any agility or comfort.
My single gripe is related to the velcro closure tab. They apparently got cute with the design and decided to make a little artsy triangle instead of a normal rectangle. I wish that the contact surface for hook and loop were a bit larger--yes it looks nice but I would rather have more security in that wrap. This is a pretty small ding however.
Overall, these are extremely comfortable, and they seem to sport a great number of safety features. Oh and by the way, I was concerned that the leather bridge joining the pinkie finger and the next finger would bug me, but it really took about 10 seconds to get used to, and I don't think it hinders my agility riding.
November 18, 2014
Held Short Race gloves are amazing. Right out of the box they were comfortable. I bought these because i wanted a glove that would protect my hands if i were to go down but allow some airflow. Living in Texas it gets very hot in the summer and the air flow is very important. You always have a trade off between comfort and safety but these gloves deliver in both. A descent amount airflow through the knuckle guard really helps. Great glove from Held!!!
September 21, 2014
Love these gloves!
I've heard great things about these gloves for a while now and now that I have a pair, I see why. They're around the same price as some of the top of the line a* short cuff gloves, but you get more features and better protection. I was torn between the a* gloves in this price bracket and these. As soon as I watched the videos and read the reviews, the choice was obvious. They were super tight during break in but they fit perfectly now. I really like the super fabric and ring finger/pinky being connected. Also the feel you get from the kangaroo leather in the palm is unreal after you break them in.
Would recommend to anyone looking for a great pair of gloves for a great price. Going to stick with this brand from now on.
September 15, 2014
Excellent fit when new - amazing once broken in!
I needed a glove that provided ample protection, breathes but not too much (I live in New England), is stylish and comfortable.
This glove seemed to be the answer.
They are beautiful gloves, I have received many compliments from other riders and waitresses and innocent bystandards along the way.
The initial fit was tight, now that they are broken in they fit like a glove. The kangaroo palms are very comfortable. There is no touch screen tip integrated into the index finger - however I can still use my iPhone without taking the glove off!?
I did have to return the gloves for another pair, for the right glove fit tighter than the left and started to tear from pealing the glove on and off. Revzilla customer service was quite prompt. They walked me through the return process and sent me a prepaid UPS shipping label almost immediately.
I now have the second pair and have broken them in again. I love the fit so much that I do not want to take them off... ever.
August 9, 2014
Faulty glove, great customer support
When I got these gloves I was immediately struck by the quality of the materials and the care given over to the workmanship. The leather was fantastic in both look and in feel and the stitching looked spot on.
The gloves took very little time to break in and the feel through the kanga-leather is un-matched. Compared to my Astars GP Pluses and my Dainese Carbon Covers it felt almost like no gloves at all. This is probably my favorite aspect of these gloves.
The super fabric is awesome as well. It is hard to tell in videos, but the super fabric is actually quite flexible and comfortable to have on. I will be looking for this material in every pair of gloves I buy from here out. It is good good stuff.
After a couple hundred miles I noticed that the stitching on my right hand at the knuckle was coming apart. I contacted Andy at Revzilla who put me in direct contact with the Held distributor in the US. They asked me for some photos and some information and sent me out a new pair of gloves. It was one of the most painless experiences I have ever had.
While i am disappointed by the failure in my initial glove, both Revzilla and Held made things right and did so very quickly and at no cost. You can't ask for much more from a company than that.
July 28, 2014
Best shorties I’ve ever owned
Held has never let me down. I have a box full of gloves from many companies and I always return to these. Build, protection and fit are always top notch. I still use the first pair I ever bought and they are several yrs old.
June 15, 2014
These gloves are serious. They're an incredible upgrade over my previous short-cuff gloves that were in the sub-$100 range.
The best thing about these gloves is the construction of the leather and armored components. Simply put, not only do they fit my hands like a second skin after 1000 miles, they're super durable. But the durability isn't all in the armor. Just wearing them, you can tell the quality of the leather means business. It feels like you don't even need hard armor.
Of course, the armor is excellent in it's own right. The knuckle guard is solid, and while the superfabric is new stuff to me, it sure is convincing.
I haven't had a chance to really test the airflow as it has yet to get above 80 degrees, but wearing them in 40 degree weather, they were significantly warmer than the S&S gloves I mentioned above. Based off of that, and the lack of more obvious airways, I'm giving it a lower airflow rating. But that's not why I bought these gloves.
Fitment is tight. I was right at the top end of my size, and it was rough pulling it on for a while. I have short fingers; but the finger length is almost perfect. Once it's on; it's fantastic. Getting it on was hard. Still is a little difficult, but not annoying anymore.
Faults? They're expensive, but that's more of a trade-off. Some of rubber on the velcro securing strap started to break off; fixed it with some super glue. Some of the velcro started to come off its strap; also fixed that with some superglue. Those parts are holding fine. The stitching dug into my thumbs during break-in; everything is fine now. These gloves really weren't that fun to break-in, but it was worth it.
Conclusion: These gloves aren't really a bang-for-your buck glove. They're expensive. There's not all sorts of fancy features to try and sell it to you. It has everything you could want in a short cuff glove for aggressive street riding.
You buy these gloves because your hands are worth money and you don't want to be afraid of going down. In fact, you'd like gloves that feel like they can go down more than once.
These gloves are the answer to the short cuff problem. You just gotta pay. I'll be buying another pair if I somehow have enough accidents in the next month to shred them.
April 25, 2014
Great glove, easy on and off. Little costly. My brother low sided his fjr1300 at 60 km/h and slid of his knee, ankle and palm and you can't tell he slid on this glove unless your told. The little pebbling acts as a great slider surprisingly. Meanwhile he wore a hole through his joe rocket over pants where his ankle was on the asphalt. Still wear these gloves for short trips. Would buy a second pair.
March 24, 2014