Held Steve Classic Gloves
Held is as always, a great product
Gloves fit well albeit slightly long pinky. This seems to not be an issue as they wear in. My last pair was purchased in 2000 so you can imagine how well these will hold up. Excellent product.
July 7, 2014
Great features, durable, odd finger lengths.
I bought the Held Steve gloves after doing tons of research here and elsewhere. I wanted kangaroo on the palms, some sort of slider on the heel / side area, gauntlets, and durable construction. This glove delivers. It also doesn't have stuff all over the knuckles. I'm not a racer and the Held has subdued styling. The Superfabric slider area is a great idea, supposedly being super-duper in the abrasion resistance department. I haven't crash-tested them, but I think they'd hold up well. I attached some photos showing the wear at about 2000 miles.
The negatives: I apparently have relatively short index fingers and a largish palm. This makes glove sizing slightly difficult. I ordered the standard length fingers, and they fit the palm and every finger well except the thumb and index finger, which were way too long. I have no idea who their hand model is, but I seriously doubt those fingers would be the right length for the average male hand proportions. Anyway, since the other fingers fit fine, I didn't try the short-fingered version. Instead, I took them to a local leather worker and had him shorten the thumb and index. The pics show them shortened.
Other than the finger fit, love the gloves. I worry about how long the velcro will stay sticky, but the rest of the gloves seem very durable.
June 16, 2014
I got a pair of size 10 regular for Fathers Day and immediately, went for a ride. The initial fit, they felt too long in the fingers and just right thru the hand. After riding for a half day, I soaked them in a water/ rubbing alcohol mix to shrink them up a bit. Once they dried, the fingers fit perfect but the thumb was still 3/4 inch too long. Maybe it is my hand but the thumb section seemed really long, I was able to simply restitch the thumb tip and cut off the excess for a perfect fit!
June 16, 2014
2nd pair - Great gloves
I wore the first pair for 7 years! I'm a commuter, 55,000 miles on an FJR 1300 Yamaha. These are my most of the time gloves. I have heated gloves for winter and summer gloves for "over 95 degree" days. Great in the rain. Tough. Well made high quality. Twice the costs but last 3 times as long...
June 16, 2014
I love the Steve Glove
I have ridden with Steve Gloves for 20 years. I like them for most all year round. I preferred the natural yellow color of the previous design but... I am not an expert on any of the areas of measure so any thing I say is my opinion. I tried the Long this time and they are LONG indeed. Longer than I needed but very welcome. I tried some other brand for a year and the finger tip stitch jammed up right under my fingernail, very unpleasant. Very Happy to be back in my Held Steve gloves.
May 12, 2014
My second pair, love 'em. A+ riding gloves.
My last pair of Held Steve Classic gloves lasted 12 years. I bought them a little small and they took a while to break in but then they... "fit like a glove!" Seriously, I can pick up a dime from a counter wearing them; did it again just now.
Revzilla sent me two sizes to try. I am in between a 7.5 and an 8. Again I chose the tighter pair despite the longer break-in.
I have an interesting story about these Held Steve Classic gloves: Five years ago, in the early spring myself and several members of my posse took a weekend ride to a local pancake house in New Hampshire for brunch. The road out was twisty and we went down by some lakes near the restaurant. On the way back after some waffles we encountered a car in the opposite lane stopped in the middle of the road in a corner in a low marshy area. We slowed down and saw the driver was looking out his window at what appeared to be a dark green trash bag on the centerline of the road. When we got closer we realized the trash bag was actually a HUGE snapping turtle! We stopped.
This was the biggest snapping turtle I have ever seen. I got off of my bike to see if the animal was injured. The turtle was unhurt, but was sitting in the middle of the road paralleling the centerline and she was testy. If you came near, the critter would stretch her neck way out, open her mouth wide and hiss loudly like a snake! Her neck and head had to be 14 inches long. Her jaws were maybe 5 or 6 inches wide from tip of nose to lower jar when opened up; very menacing. This turtle looked as if she could swallow a golf ball. The shell on this turtle was about 20 inches front to back and 14 inches wide. She made no attempt to move off in any direction, even if we tried to nudge her.
Turtles breed in the spring and the females leave the pond where they live to dig a nest in high, dry ground and lay her eggs. That is what was happening here. Now you know the answer to the question; “Why does the turtle cross the road.”
Anyway, we’re standing there wondering what to do. This turtle is going to get hit if we leave it in the center of a bend in a well-traveled road.
I’m walking around the turtle and sizing her up. It appears that the head/neck of the beast can’t reach too far backwards, and she can’t snap me if I grab its shell half way front to back standing behind her. I’m wearing all the riding gear; full leathers, boots, gloves, helmet, but I checked out her “reach” very carefully; if this turtle bites your finger it’s gone!
Finally I approach the turtle from behind, grab the shell on either side in the middle, and pick the girl up. She doesn’t like this but can’t reach me to get a bite. I lifted the turtle; she weighed about 25lb., and I quickly moved her about 15ft to the pond side of the road.
Sure enough the snapping turtle cannot reach over to bite me, but turtles have these long sharp claws on each of their four feet just like a bear. As I’m carrying the turtle, she reaches up with her left rear leg and swipes her claws into my left hand in a motion like a dog scratching itself. The turtle buries the sharp tip of one of the 2 inch claws into the back tip of my left ring finger. The claw immediately pierced the leather of the glove like it wasn’t even there. I watched this happen as I was holding the turtle out in front of me. I could feel the pressure of the claws on my finger and hand, but I didn’t drop the turtle. And I didn’t yell out, but my brain immediately screamed; “AAAAHHH!”
I quickly carried the turtle off to the side of the road where the water was very near the road shoulder, I bent over and dropped the turtle the last 1 ½ ft. into the grass (I had intended to set the turtle down as gently as I picked it up). Immediately after moving away I looked at my hand expecting blood, although I felt no pain.
It turns out that the Kevlar layer under the leather and padding on the back of my Held gloves stopped the claw, and I’ll tell you, those turtle claws are sharp!
The whole incident took about three or four minutes. I got back on my motorcycle which was running the whole time and rode away. As we’re heading down the road I thought; “now there’s something that doesn’t happen every day!”
So there you have it, a true story. Held motorcycle gloves; turtle tested tough!
April 8, 2014
Held is the best
Happy to find them. Wore out my lsat pair after 12 years of heavy use.
April 7, 2014
Another awesome Held glove
These replaced 10 year old Held mid weight gloves. Same temp range with 1/2 the weight and better protection! win win win
March 31, 2014