Held Warm N Dry Gloves
Solid glove lives up to its promise but needs minor refinement
I live in Northern California, where winter temperatures are mild, rarely dipping below freezing during daylight hours. I purchased these lightly insulated gloves about three weeks ago for my daily commute, half of which is late in the evening after the sun goes down and temperatures drop significantly.
So far these gloves have lived up to their name - my hands have stayed reasonably warm on all rides with temps in the mid 30's and up, but they did get cold on a late night ride with temps in the high 20's. I have ridden twice in the rain with these gloves, and so far they have stayed bone dry inside. After a rainy ride, the gloves dried out overnight and were good again for the next morning.
As far as comfort goes, these are great. They have a double-gauntlet design, which allows me to keep the glove on all the way even if my jacket sleeves are pushing back against the glove. I find that they are insulated lightly enough that I can still use my controls and interact with my helmet sound system without issue.
I have to agree with other reviewers that these gloves could use a better visor wiper, the current one is tiny, and so flimsy that you end up using the goatskin to do most of the wiping. I also wish these gloves had some hide sewn between the pinky and ring fingers, like some of the other higher-end gloves do.
To sum it up, the gloves live up to their promise of keeping my hands warm and dry in mild winter conditions. They are comfortable to wear, but deserve some refinements. For the price I wish that these gloves had received a little extra attention from Held. In spite of this, I'd recommend these gloves to others who are riding under similar conditions to myself.
December 9, 2013
hands stay warm
My hands were able to stay warm riding in cold weather having been someone who didn't bother with cold weather gloves since I started riding. Guess I got tired of frozen hands! I did very slightly feel the cold try to come thru on my ride out in the morning but otherwise, my hands stayed not cold, nonetheless.
Fit felt very different from my Held Phantom gloves. What I mean by that is the fit seemed really fit. Maybe they still need breaking in or it's the gortex material. It's kind of like wearing an under armour shirt where it hugs you. It felt like it hugged my fingers. The fingers felt a little wider. Being a 2-finger braker, it feels the seams hit the neighboring finger when I move to brake. It might just be something to get used to.
But they felt/looked thinner (fit) compared to my Held Phantom (which are more gauntlet). If any, the clip-on felt really thin/small compared to when I wear my Phantoms. :)
Highly recommend these. I probably won't test them in the rain but in 40F outside w/o windchill, they held (no pun intended).
December 6, 2013
Works as advertised
I bought these gloves because the reviews stated I could use with heated grips. They work! With my grips on low I can actually feel the warmth through the lambskin palms. Cold air flows over the top and these look stylish too.
If I could change anything I would add 2-3" in length to allow it to cover my sleeve.
November 25, 2013
These are exactly as advertised. If you are looking for a high quality, WP, cold weather glove, then look no further. By now I have come to grips with reality when it comes to riding in cold weather. If it's going to be really cold and you are going to be riding for a long time, YOUR HANDS WILL GET COLD NO MATTER WHICH GLOVES YOU WEAR. With that said, these are the best cold weather gloves I have purchased to date.
These gloves are super comfy and allow full movement. A lot of other winter gloves on the market are too thick and unmanageable. Didn't experience that with these. They are soft and plush inside and provide good traction for the controls on the outside. The "windshield wiper" on the left index finger comes into handy and is a great bonus. They keep my hands warm when its cold out, but after about 30 minutes on the highway you start to feel the air penetrating. Like I said, its inevitable. But for short rides in harsh weather, these will do the trick!
November 25, 2013
Pretty stiff but we'll protection
Used gloves on a day in the low 50s anything colder for me requires heated system. Semi bulky for use of bike controls...
November 12, 2013
Great glove. Very expensive, but I'm tired of spending less money many times to find the perfect glove. Recently did an extended ride that included 30 degree weather and pouring rain. As advertised, the gloves kept me warm and dry. Really nice with heated grips as I still feel I have control and can operate the bluetooth buttons on my headset. Overall, recommended.
November 11, 2013
Warm - haven't tested out the dry
I've yet to wear these gloves in the rain, but I've been down into the upper 30s with them and my hands have stayed nice and toasty. I chose them based on previous outstanding experience with Held gloves and because they are touted as working particularly well with heated grips. The latter is very true - the warmth from my handgrips comes through just fine. My sole gripe is that the gauntlet should be cut wider to slide over the cuff of a jacket. I have to cinch my cuffs down as tight as they go, and the gauntlet part of the glove is still a very tight fit. Unfortunately, the cuffs of my current riding jacket don't open far enough to wear these gloves underneath. All in all, however, a great product.
October 24, 2013
I ordered these because I already had a pair of the Held vented glove and they fit my big hands very well. After getting these I went for a ride in the 40 degree weather and was in pressed with how warm and dry my hand were . With these gloves you still have a good grip and feel . A good fall ,winter ,spring glove
October 16, 2013