Held Short Race Gloves
I bought these gloves because they have a ton of technical features for a short glove. I commute with them so I've put a bit over a thousand miles on them but they are not holding up well. The seams are starting to pop on several fingers and stitching around one of the palm sliders is separating. I've had gloves from Roland Sands and Racer that have held up far better at this price point. I've heard good things about Held and they are comfortable gloves but this will be my last pair. If you are going to spend premium money on gloves there are better choices.
April 26, 2016
These Held Short Race gloves were my favorite gloves for about 12 months, until my middle finger completely poked through the end of the glove the other day. In addition, this triangled velcro attachment is a breaking point and has severed.
I had heard Held gloves had gone down in quality as they are no longer manufactured in the same location…….I am a big fan of the kangaroo skin and the gloves were very comfortable and fit well, but if they don't protect me why am I paying 2 bills for poorly constructed gloves.
I also have the Held Air Stream gloves, and now I'm suspicious of their quality. What a disappointment, because I thought I had found the one glove that protected and was comfortable.
April 4, 2016
Falling apart after light use.
Initially, I was very pleased with these gloves. They appeared to be well made and fit well. The knuckle guard is a bit tight for my hand but once the glove broke in, they were less noticeable. After about 3 months of VERY light use, the seam has begun to pull apart on the inside of the middle finger on the right glove. I wonder what would have happened if I actually had to rely on these gloves in a fall? Maybe the kangaroo would have survived but the glove would have disintegrated around it, leaving my hand-burger all over the road! For $200, I expected these to last at least a year. A few weeks is really quite unacceptable. I'd return them if I could, but the return policy probably won't cover the return after use. Totally bummed.
October 11, 2015
Amazing Gloves, but horrible durability...
The Held Short Race gloves were amazing when I first started to use them. The Kangaroo palm is sublime and feels like a second skin. The Super-fabric looks and feels like plastic and is lightweight, but run them over a piece of metal and you will see that they leave small scratches, suggesting that they would hold up against asphalt. The over all feel and fit is great. The air flow is so-so, but given the level of protection this is not surprising.
Where these gloves very sadly, fall short, the only place that they fall short, is the durability! I have had these for just over a year, but I took 3 or 4 months off, as my bikes were down for repairs. So within 6 months of actual use, I had the stitching on the left glove at the tip of the my middle finger came loose, exposing my finger. I sewn it back together. Then the rubber closure flap on the right glove started to tear at the stitching in the rubber. Now the thread on my right hand middle finger is coming apart. This is very disappointing, as I would have bought many more sets of gloves from held.... I would consider a set of Dainese gloves at this price point, before I spent my money on Held products again.
September 5, 2015
Great glove that fits snug and secure, BUT: had to return the first pair as the area around the base of the thumb was much smaller on one glove...too tight to get on without a struggle. Revzilla proptly swapped out that pair. Now, after less than a year, the velcro closure on one glove is not staying closed/sticking. Considering the price, these problems are unacceptable. Too bad as they are great fitting comfortable gloves, with great protection and ventilation. I will contact Revzilla tomorrow and see what they propose as a solution.
August 2, 2015
Excellent quality & appearance , precise feel & response with adequate protection.
After considerable research and product comparison I am pleased with my purchase of the Short Race Glove by Held.
It encompasses all the requirements and qualities I was looking for in glove for spirited street riding between 65-80 F. I went with the black in a size medium for my measured 8.5 hand which was a prefect fit.
In my evaluation of a superior street glove safety begins with the precise feel of my controls. The feedback is consistently excellent as is the range of motion and subtle air flow.
The quality-construction, materials and style is first rate. I would have liked to have seen a more substantial fastener-piece at the wrist but time will tell how it holds up.
The protective materials are well constructed and designed. I certainly have a confident sense about me when riding with these on.
Like most things in life excellent performance and good looks is the goal in the vast majority of equipment and "other things" that being said this glove in my opinion accomplishes this nicely. This glove is a welcome addition to my riding gear which I would recommend without hesitation.
July 22, 2015
My old Icon Arc gloves started falling apart at the palm seam after 5 years of use, so I was looking around for a new pair of all purpose gloves. I was initially going to try out the cheaper mesh kinds for ventilation, but decided it wouldn't be good enough protection at speed. I chose this pair for the protection, style, and Held's reputation for durability. My only worry was there being not enough ventilation.
After about a month of use, I feel very satisfied and feel enough air on hot days through the side holes of the fingers.
I ordered a size higher than their chart following their recommendation for people with long fingers and I like the fit. It's also much easier to put on and take off when I'm sweating a bit.
The Velcro strap, while seemingly a bit small, works great and consistently without being bulky.
Looking forward to many great years with these great gloves.
June 29, 2015
I found the seam in the thumb to be a little uncomfortable, but, the glove was warm enough on a cool morning, easily passed heat from heated grips and ventilated on hot days. The glove has a large patch of hook Velcro on it and the tab has the pile, this means if you like to stuff your gloves in your helmet at a stop, you have to peel them out of the liner.
June 16, 2015