Held Titan Race Gloves
Let's get the negatives out of the way:
1. These things cost a notch or two more than any of their competition. They're, like, "holy cow, you can spend that much?!" expensive.
2. They seem to be designed with the singular purpose of protecting your hands when you crash at a gazillion miles per hour. No compromises are made for any other purpose.
3. Per #2, these things are like 2.5 season gloves, at best, depending on where you live. If it's below about 45 degress, you'll feel like you've got frostbite within 5 minutes.
4. Fit on my hands is just a little funky. The ring fingers and pinkies are a little bit too long, so I feel like I'm wearing mittens. I had to take them off to type this review.
5. They look pretty cool, but not as cool as some of the Alpinestars and Dianese gauntlets. I sort of feel like they should, given how much they cost.
Now, the good news:
1. No expense is spared in terms of material quality. These are made of the skins of like ten different kinds of animals in addition to kevlar (I think), carbon fibre, and titanium.
2. Workmanship appears to be excellent. Subjectively, it looks like a lot of hand work goes into these, and I haven't noticed any loose stitching or defects.
3. They sure do FEEL like they'd protect my hands. I haven't crashed in them, so I can't say for sure, but they're REALLY thick, with big meaty sliders and armored plates and pads on the outer edges. Compared to similarly-priced competing products, they really are noticeably stiffer and more fortress-ey.
4. As long as it's not cold, they're super comfortable. They took a little breaking in, but I could totally wear these all day. They have seams inside, but they don't chafe or anything.
My verdict: If you're in the market for a big meaty race gauntlet, you'll have trouble finding one that is quantifiably better than these.
December 9, 2013
Poor craftmanship, cheaply made and overpriced.
Overall protection is outstanding. Extremely comfortable. Not the prettiest of them all, but should do the job for specific unforeseen accidents.
After wearing these gloves for close to a month now, there are many things I do not like about this glove. The quality looks great at first, but after owning the Titans for a month, the cheap quality is starting show.
The craftsmanship is horrible. The seams are starting to come undone. At this rate, the gloves will need to be replaced in five months. The excessive amount of glue that holds the "titanium" that protects the knuckles makes the gloves look extremely cheap. The palm gets quickly dirty, with no instructions on how to "properly" clean and maintain the gloves. The visor wiper is completely useless and just smears the dirt and oil all over the windscreen. The dye is starting to fade quicker than my cheap $50 Joe Rocket gloves I got as a gift. Thumbs are a little too long.
If you are looking for protection, these are the gloves you want. If you're looking for long term use, look elsewhere.
September 21, 2013
Fortress on your hand
After some trial-and-error and help from the guys at Revzilla, I finally found a good fit - 8.5, which is slightly smaller than my palm measurement of 9. I guess the glove fits a bit large. They're not tight, just right. As others have commented, the thumbs are for some reason long, which makes operating the turn signals a bit awkward, but manageable.
The first thing you notice when putting these on is the sheer level of protection. These things are tough, complex and confidence-inspiring.
The second thing is the level of comfort. I tried on a whole bunch of gloves before settling on Helds, including A*'s, Revits, JRs, and a few more. All of them were annoying to wear and felt wrong, too rigid and with the armor in all the wrong places. Despite being even more protective, the Titans are super comfortable, and the feel through the palms is great. Lots of feedback from the throttle, brakes, clutch.
Others have said these are pricey. Guys, you're buying protection for your hands. If you have $350, then these are worth at least that much.
Plus they're awesome.
July 10, 2013
Well worth the money
Being a female with a size 7 hand, many gloves were just too big. I needed a new glove and was willing to spend the $ after suffering a fracture of the ulna that might have been prevented had I been wearing this glove that has the most amazing protection in that area and others!! It fits perfectly over the knuckles, There is no extra material in the palms (and you can feel the grips through the gloves, which allows you to control the throttle better), air flow is awesome. In the scaffold area there is excellent protection without bulk that can get uncomfortable (I tried other gloves that had protection in this area but it stuck out from the glove and got uncomfortable when riding. On the left index finger there is even a strip of rubber that acts as a wiper for your shield! The detail to stitching shows and you can feel it as well! The Velcro is strong and stays in place. There is absolutely nothing negative to say about this glove! Initially the Knox Android was suggested by another vendor because "that is what all their guys are wearing" but I am so happy I went with this one instead. My hands don't look like something out of transformers and it just fits to a T!!
June 18, 2013
Awesome high end premium glove
What can I say?... Held. Needed new gloves for the track and I did a lot of research. These Titan gloves are what I came up with.. High quality, excellent craftsmanship, awesome exotic materials like titanium and stingray. The entire glove is kangaroo so it's very supple and light weight.
In terms of sizing I followed the size chart provided by Held and they fit well. If there's any negative it would be that the thumb is way long. I'm not alone with this gripe as I've read some reviews from people with the same problem. And one more thing that had me stop for a minute before I bought them: the price.... They're not cheap, but the gloves are not cheaply made... the materials are expensive and you can tell it takes time to put these gloves together.
All things considered I am happy with these gloves and I feel confident that they'll hold up if it all goes bad. If you're in the market for a top notch glove and your budget allows, pull the trigger.... Awesome gloves!..
May 28, 2013
Excellent, comfortable, protective gear - questionable durability
I've had a pair of these (black) for two years and about 12,000 miles of fast road riding. They are very comfortable and offer fabulous protection; however, the black colour faded very quickly to a dull grey and the seams came out of the palm where the stingray protective pads is sewn into the palm (on both gloves). Likely, this was a result of pulling them off an on repeatedly over the last couple of years. Although I am very disappointed with the durability, I was very pleased with them before the seams went - so much so that I may replace them with same and just be more careful of how I take them off and on.
May 22, 2013
The quality, fit, and features that come with these are amazing. I cannot find one thing wrong with them!
They are a bit pricey, but I figured my hands are worth it.
February 14, 2013
This is an Outstanding pair of gloves if your willing to put out the cash for it.
December 28, 2012