Held Twin Gore-Tex 2-in-1 Gloves
So, I ride pretty much all year round. On those 25 degree days, there's just not much you can do - And these gloves do a great job of keeping your hands alive. They are very effective winter gloves.
My issue is with the 2-in-1 idea. The liner sucks and is stupid and I hate it. In rain, due to high humidity I suspect, the interior gets inevitably clammy. Not a big deal, most of the time. However, when you take your hand out, you WILL dislocate the liner. And it will be impossible to put your hand back in. In the winter, when it's nice and dry in there, it will still happen because the two level liner thing is just floating in there, like garbage in the pacific. If you want warm gloves, you're going to lose some tactile response on your grips. The warm level is warm, and great, as long as you never, ever, take your hand out. My advice - don't look for the best of both worlds, use the right glove for the right situation.
November 29, 2015
Works for my cold/wet riding needs
I've had these for two years now and I think they are worth the money if you are doing longer cold/wet rides. The dual chambers do in fact work. I use the thinner "dry" side for more grip feel and my bike has heated grips so that works well. When the temps get to 50-40 degrees I go for the "warm" side and there is more protection from the cold at the sacrifice of any good feel on the grips. You can't have it all with gloves. They are a bit bulky and feel like ski gloves but the size 8 fits my medium size paws perfect. They are a premium product and so far after many miles and 2 winters ( Arizona) they are holding up well and always dry.
August 14, 2015
When in Rome.... Or northern latitudes.
I bought these as I use the Air 'n' Dry as my everyday glove when the temps are reasonable for me (60+ F). I purchased them after trying them on at the shop. I ended up using a size smaller than my other Held gloves, but they fit great. I've worn them in the rain, drizzle, and fog that is characteristic to Newfoundland during this especially cold "summer". I've had them on in steady rain and 50 degrees and stayed perfectly comfortable. Cold and sunny, they work even better. The evaporation of the fabric of the glove seems to wick the warmth out, though, when I'm using just the gore-tex chamber. My hands were cold by the time I'd completed my two hour ride. Switching to the monkey fur chamber cleared that up, though. I was DRY and remained comfortable when using the appropriate chamber.
I don't really know why the 8 fits me better in the more wintery gloves than my 9 air 'n' dry. I tried them on in the store for just this reason.
August 3, 2015
My go-to glove for the coldest days
I rode these for 10% of my winter commuting rain or fog (no shine in Seattle). They pair nicely with heated grips and allow heat in and do a decent job preserving it with the extra thick top side (back of hand) insulation. They never let my hands get wet even though I always wore them over the jacket cuffs. I wish they were not quite so bulky, but they are probably average in the "bulkiness" department as compared to other heavy winter gloves. If you ride in very cold climates, I highly recommend them. For what it's worth, I really liked the Held's on the coldest days #low 40's down into the teens#.
I typically wore my Rukka Imatra's on days 45-55 degrees as they were less bulky.
These gloves were just as comfortable as the Rukka's and definitely suited to usage in colder weather. The Rukka could not keep me comfortable in the very low temps like the Held did. if you don't mind the bulk, the internal flap allows them to work well in the warmer temp range as well, but I stuck with the Rukka's since I already had them. Both were equals in the waterproof department. I prefer the long built-in squeegee on the Held's.
I wish the Held gloves had used more leather for durability, but I don't doubt the good protection provided.
April 15, 2015
Good cold weather glove with nice options.
I was looking for a cold weather riding glove to keep up with the rest of my gear. Most of the gloves I had tried were too bulky and made me feel out of touch with the bike. These gloves provide good warmth when you utilize the insulated pocket with some reduced tactile sensation. When you use the outer waterproof section you get the benefit of the insulated layer on the back of your hand with a thinner palm section. This configuration allows me to use my heated grips to keep my palm warm and the insulation keeps the back of the hand warm. I have worn them in some light rain and had no issue with water getting in. Two complaints: 1. The gauntlet does not open up wide enough to fit over the sleeve of my riding suit without difficulty. 2. The visor wipe located on the left index finger is an awkward placement. I know it is fairly common but placing it on the thumb is much more functional.
Overall it appears to be a well made glove. I had initial thought about returning them but kept them and gave them a little time to break in. They are comfortable to wear from the 50'sF down into the low 20'sF. They cost as much as a pair of boots but the cheaper options were not working for me.
Sizing: These fit true to Held's sizing. I wear an XL in my Scorpions but these in a 9 fit almost perfect. No issues with material bunching up inside the glove.
February 2, 2015
These gloves are warm
These gloves are great. I received them as a Christmas present, rode with them on Christmas Day, didn't need my heated grips, my hands were not cold at all. The tactile side was warm and gave me great feel for the controls on my bike, I will probably use this arrangement the most with heated grips. The warm side was plenty warm and still provided decent feel for the controls. The warm side does feel a bit 'bulky' while the tactile side didn't feel bulky at all despite containing all of the same material. I haven't had them long so I don't know how they will hold up - but so far I am impressed.
December 29, 2014
Great for changeable weather
I'm a fan of HELD gloves as I use three pair depending on conditions. Fit of the HELD glove is perfect for my hand.
For this product I needed a late fall glove for changeable conditions and these fit the bill. The grip side is just that-you can feel the controls no problem and they are very comfortable. When it got chilly on my ride-around 42 degrees the warm/waterproof side was just that. When it started raining really hard the gloves stayed 100% dry inside. The waterproof side takes away a bit of feel due to the extra thickness-that's to be expected-but not enough to matter. I adjusted fine. I'd mention that for me anything over about 70 degrees and the gloves were a bit too warm for me.
What I liked is that for a late fall mountain trip I only needed two pair of gloves total as these filled the bill very well.
December 29, 2014
I haven't ridden them yet. This is an unpacking review. I've worn held gloves exclusively while riding for 10 years. These were a serious let-down. They are also the first made-in-China gloves Held has sold me and are almost a perfect knockoff of the 'Rukka 2 in 1'. It's painfully obvious that they only made one size knuckle guard for this model because on size 11, it only covers 3 of my knuckles and looks absolutely ridiculous. The back of the thumb and first two fingers are cheap nylon/neoprene that likely will not hold up to any abrasion. The visor wipe is 100% useless. The leather overlaps the wiper. I think this is a manufacturing flaw and not a design flaw but it's never been an issue on any of the other many pairs of (EU-made) Held Gloves.
They fit a size up from normal Helds and are comfortable. I like the palm-slider, wrist and gauntlet closures. They are definitely warm.
If the knuckle guard didn't look so ridiculous and the thumb was leather all around, I'd likely keep them. As it is, I think I'm going to send them back,
December 10, 2014