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Held Race-Tex Gore-Tex Gloves

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Why let a little rain ruin your race? Held has taken a highly protective race-grade glove and combined it with proven waterproof Gore-Tex. Read More

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Held Race-Tex Gore-Tex X-Trafit Gloves

The Held Race-Tex Gore-Tex X-Trafit Gloves meet the demands that you put on your hands as they help you to feel the bike, forget the weather and remember the moment. 

Features:

  • Highly abrasion-resistant kangaroo leather palm
  • Colorfast and sweat proof outer shell
  • Supple cowhide back
  • Pique push-pull 100% poly lining
  • Gore-Tex membrane
  • Special flat seams
  • Tunnel wrist strap
  • VELCRO® brand closures adjustment at cuffs
  • Visor wipe
  • Elasticated leather panels on back, thumb, and fingers
  • Perforated leather back
  • Perforated finger side walls
  • Kevlar protection on back of hand
  • Hard plastic knuckle protection
  • Superfabric reinforcement on edge of hand
  • GFK protectors on edge of hand, covered with Superfabric material
  • Reinforced edge of hand
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Why let a little rain ruin your race? Held has taken a highly protective race-grade glove and combined it with proven waterproof Gore-Tex. Read More
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4.6 / 5.0
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Bang For The Buck
4.1 / 5
Protection & Durability
4.8 / 5
Features
4.8 / 5
Comfort
4.5 / 5
Style
4.8 / 5
Air Flow
3.7 / 5
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3 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
very comfortable from the minute I put them on.
I bought these and then went for a long weekend ride at Deal's Gap, Tail of The Dragon, and all the surrounding roads. I put about 500 miles on the bike wearing these gloves and they worked great. Not too hot at 72 degrees out and were good at 45 degrees in the morning. I would want warmer gloves if going for a long ride at 45 and would want a glove that vents more if riding in 80+ degree weather. Can't beat the comfort!
April 5, 2016
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
3 / 5
Awesome gloves - sizing was tricky
These are some amazing gloves. Granted, I have never owned gloves even close to this price, but after trying a couple nice looking options which cost a bit less but didn't quite fit I ended up with these, and very am happy I did. They look and feel absolutely bomber - I am confident they offer excellent protection - and the fit is (finally) perfect for me. For sizing I first measured my hand as in the photo on this site for Held sizing - hand flat on a table, tape measure below knuckles. I got 8.75" so following sizing advice from the reviews I figured I would be good with a 9, and ordered another Held glove. Nice glove, and I would have happily kept it if it weren't a bit big for me. The body of the glove was roomy but OK, but the fingers were long enough to catch on the brake and clutch levers of my bike - not good There were no other sizes available in that glove so I had to look elsewhere. So I tried another brand in a similar price range but they were very snug around the middle of the hand - almost couldn't get them on - and the fingers were still too long so sizing up didn't look promising. I decided to go back to Held so I measured my hands again, but this time hands in the air, and got 8" instead, which supported my decision to order the Race-Tex in a size 8. The fit is snug but feels good. My thumbs and a couple fingers touch at the ends a little, but I much prefer this almost perfect finger size to the overlong fit of the other gloves. They are little stiff but I am confident they will loosen and mold to my hand with some more wear. My take away on sizing for Held gloves is to a) measure your hand while it is NOT flattened on a table top, and b) if you are on the border of two sizes when measuring this way, as I was with 8", go with the smaller one for best fit. Good luck finding your perfect glove - I know I found mine. The price is high but I feel they are worth it, and I am probably a Held owner from here on out.
September 13, 2014
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
3 / 5
Comfortable and Dry!!
Bought this glove for summer rain ride. After 30 minutes in the rain, the leather was soaked but my hands were still somewhat dry.

Excellent quality and extremely comfortable. The sizing chart is right on. My hands are 8.5 inches and got the size 8. The gloves were a little tight when new. After using for couple days, they are now perfect.
August 30, 2014
Ride:
2014 BMW F800GS
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
4 / 5
Fit
Small
True
Large
Air Flow
3 / 5
Anthony Nailed The Review
I'm on the last day of a 2000-mile tour with these gloves, bought new two weeks ago. I ordered a large, but the tag in the gloves says XL. They were a tad tight, but they've stretched out after a good soaking in the rain.

Speaking of rain, they do keep your hands relatively dry, but not really dry. I rode five hours in hard rain and they got soaked, but don't have the sodden, these-things-will-never-dry feel that most leather gloves get. Moreover, they dried in about four hours, which is good.

Very hard to get on when wet. But I like the gauntlet closers and the wrist strap, which is well designed. For a $250 glove, I'd say the product delivers.
September 15, 2014
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
3 / 5
Awesome glove!
I love Held gloves. I bought these for track day use and commuting based on the video review by Anthony - spot on!. I have very large hands and the size 12 fit me perfect (which is unusual since my fingers are long). Fit was excellent, construction is top notch. Protection is right up there with the best of them. Love the wrist since-down. The weight/thickness is a little on the heavy side compared to GP gloves but that's what you get with gore-tex gloves. Wore them to work about 5 times then did a track day with my Multistrada. Comfortable right from the start. Scored the "airflow" as average but be aware that the Ducati has hand guards that probably deflect most of the air. I'd buy these gloves again in a minute - expensive, but worth every penny!
July 28, 2015
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
3 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
3 / 5
Great glove, but has some shortcomings
I have one complaint about these gloves, which is the length of the gauntlet. Unless it is raining, I like to wear my gloves over my jacket sleeve, but these gloves are so short that I have to carefully fold and stuff the sleeve inside each time. Even when I do that, my sleeve is likely to pop back out again mid-ride. For a top-shelf four-season glove that costs just under $300, this is a real pain.

Now, with that said, the gloves are awesome. I have been riding with them for the last six months, and the exterior is holding up perfectly. The Gore-Tex liner keeps my hands dry, while flowing a reasonable amount of air (not fantastic, but pretty good). The liner feels like it is coming a little loose at the end of one finger, but not enough to really upset me.

Also, I found the sizing a little odd. For any size that fit my palm/wrist well, the fingers were slightly too short. If I sized up for fingers that were long enough, the palm/wrist area was too big. Just something to be aware of.
October 27, 2014
Ride:
1999 Ducati ST2
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
4 / 5
great glove!
hand is 8 inch circumference and glove fits true to size. fit and finish is top notch.
leather is just starting to break in, but it felt comfortable even before.
haven't had to test out safety features and hope I never have to, but I bought the glove just because of all the safety features and they are indeed formidable.
April 20, 2016
Ride:
2014 BMW R1200GS
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
5 / 5
Late Season Start
I have too many pairs of Helds. My old racers aren't done yet, so it's been a late season start for this pair.

So far they are breaking in nicely. Initial break-in had a little bunching in the palm but that is settling in nicely. This is my track, and spring/fall glove. For me the Race-Tex work better than the Phantom II's.
May 11, 2016
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
4 / 5
Very impressed with these gloves so far
I'd normally wait a few weeks before reviewing a new product, but with a couple of very minor cons, these are very impressive gloves. This is my 3rd pair of Held gloves and they all fit very well - tight to get on, but a very snug fit with just the right amount of room at the tips of the fingers. Best of all, no bunching up in the palm, unlike some other gloves that I own.

Anyway, I wore them for the first time at the weekend for a 4 hour ride. Although they felt new and a little stiff, they were immediately comfortable and have protection in the right places.

They have all of the usual Held goodies, like the rubber visor wiper on the left forefinger, although I was disappointed to see that they were made in China. The quality appears not quite as good as the other Held gloves I have, which were made in Hungary, but still better than Brand A.

The one negative is that the gloves felt a little warm on a sunny, 65° afternoon. My hands didn't get sweaty at all, so the Goretex was doing its job, but it doesn't bode well for warmer weather. Hopefully the flipside is that they will work better on cold days than my current all seasons gloves.

They're not exactly a bargain at the current price, but then it is a very technical product and well made from quality materials, so I'm really not sure how to mark them on the value scale..
November 18, 2015
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
3 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Fit
Small
True
Large
Air Flow
2 / 5
Held Quality... Race Inspired... Space Alien fingers
Why I bought these:
-Wintertime hi-way riding in Arizona
-I don't feel any airflow, but there are vents all over it.

The Good:
-Race Technology for a winter-time touring glove checks all the boxes. They are what they say they are.
-Sexy looking gloves for your racer-boy side. You know I'm right. :)
- Warm, not sweaty. Very good for 3 season in AZ. Don't even try it in Summertime.
-Protection is perfect for a street glove for any rider. I could harp on about all the built-in features. Amazing protection.
-Wrist and gauntlet closures are easy to use, and comfy.
-I do like the little wiper. It really works for a quick shield wipe.

The Bad:
-Sizing is quirky. The XL's fit me best, however, the fingers are substantially too long. The Large are painfully too tight around the palm, and the fingers are still a touch too long. I'd say, if you have space-alien hands with long skinny fingers, these bad boys are for you. For me, I find the extra flop on the ends, interfere with lever control. I plan to have them locally modified by a professional seamstress to adjust the finger length.
-Glove are very stiff, and hard to bend while new. I don't have enough ride-time to say if they will loosen up enough to be comfortable. But heavy traffic use will make your clutch and brake levers pretty annoying quick.

Nit-picking:
-Price for fit/style is a touch steep. You have to love the Held gloves to swallow the value.
-The inner liner isn't too bad at making the gloves bulky BUT, you still know it's in there, and wish it wasn't. That's the price we pay for lined gloves.
April 22, 2015
Ride:
2007 Yamaha FJR1300AE
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Looking for a super protective waterproof glove for my commute.
dani w on Oct 14, 2017
cooler weather gloves with safety and quality of Held Race
Reza T on Jul 5, 2017
Looking for a super protective waterproof glove for my commute.
dani w on Oct 14, 2017
Already owned the Held Airstream II which fit wonderfully, and wanted something slightly more protective, and heavier for less warm days. I find that putting athletic tape over the vents helps extend their usefulness in cold weather a bit.
Adam B on Jul 30, 2017
cooler weather gloves with safety and quality of Held Race
Reza T on Jul 5, 2017
I chose these because I liked the look and the look of the quality - and I was right. I am happy I bought them every single time I put them on. Just over two years now - aside from the color fading they are in just as good shape as they were the day I got them. Love love love these gloves. HELD Rocks!
ben m on Apr 23, 2017
Always liked Held gloves, I've been riding with Steves for most of the last 17 years. Wore through my most recent set, and wanted to get something with more armor.

These are about about 1 size slimmer than Steves, but after a few weeks of use they conformed perfectly to my hands. Work quite well in hot weather, good for misty days or an hour of moderate rain. Only complaint is that the gauntlet wont fit well either inside or over the arms of any of my jackets; would be perfect for leathers.
James F on Apr 8, 2017
The level of protection, the build structure and the reputation that Held has as a motorcycle apparel company.
tbossidy on Feb 16, 2017
race grade protection with gore tex, what else do you need???
Juan Carlos U on Jan 28, 2017
brand reputation. I already have the Air'n'Dry - wanted something that can handle the rain a bit better - these are a step up.
David M on Sep 1, 2016
Most of my gloves are warm weather and breathable. Wanted a pair of gloves that would keep my hands warm and dry in the early morning
J Eric C on Apr 13, 2016
Previous owner of Held GP One. Fantastic gloves and these new ones are perfect for everyday riding
Kevin B on Apr 7, 2016
I wanted gloves that can be used during cool weather as well as warm.
Joe on Mar 20, 2016
Held sizing is not to chart at all. If the chart says you need a large you probably need an XL or XXL. Chart says I wear a 9 but I have ordered 10, 11 and they are too small now I am waiting for a size 12.
Roger D on Feb 19, 2016
Great fit, tight in the beginning but slowly breaking in for a great fit - love the look and protection - worth every penny!
M B on Dec 18, 2015
they fit my hands and are waterproof.
J K on Jul 12, 2015
Seemed like it would be an awesome everyday sport riding glove for all weather situations
Joon K on Mar 29, 2015
Wanted high quality glove with near race level protection and ventilation, but with a bit more street practicality afforded by the GoreTex liner
Allan P on Feb 27, 2015
great gloves so far!
Glen C on Feb 15, 2015
after 2 years, my air n drys wore a hole in the left thumb. :-(
larry p on Jan 13, 2015
husband requested this for christmas
gail m on Dec 13, 2014
This is a gift for my son and he researches very carefully before putting items on his wish list.
Susan D on Dec 6, 2014
I own the the held phantom glove and found the quality to be top level and now I need a gore tex glove with the same level of craftmanship.
James S on Sep 27, 2014
Great reviews
Rod M on Sep 15, 2014
20 years experience with Held gloves. There is no substitute.
Sue W on Aug 31, 2014
Because Revzilla rocks and I wore through the last set of gloves. They don't last forever.
Paul B on Aug 25, 2014
GoreTex glove with good protection and Held quality. Hopefully I chose the correct size. I had Air'n'Dry in size 9 and they were too small. Chose size 10 now and hope they'll fit.
Guido N on Aug 17, 2014
Quality, quality, quality.
Then there is great comfort and fit. It's all good.
Sizing is a hassle though. This is my third attempt to get the right size. They run small, and the sizing charts seem to be way off, at least for my large hands.
Paul T on Jul 12, 2014
I have always worn Held Gloves and I've been wanting to replace my Akiras' but was unsure if I wanted the PhantomII or the Titan. After viewing Anthony's review and enthusiasm I decided to go with the new Race Tex.
T O on Apr 23, 2014
Need new gloves and want waterproof/high protection gloves. Cold weather not a huge issue as I have heated grips on my BMW.
Andy A on Mar 25, 2014
Protection and waterproof
Daniel O on Mar 21, 2014
Already owned the Held Airstream II which fit wonderfully, and wanted something slightly more protective, and heavier for less warm days. I find that putting athletic tape over the vents helps extend their usefulness in cold weather a bit.
Adam B on Jul 30, 2017
I chose these because I liked the look and the look of the quality - and I was right. I am happy I bought them every single time I put them on. Just over two years now - aside from the color fading they are in just as good shape as they were the day I got them. Love love love these gloves. HELD Rocks!
ben m on Apr 23, 2017
Hi

You say in the video that you are wearing a size 9 1/2 but on the list there are sizes 9 and 10 only. Can you elaborate on that please? It seems that I have the same hands as you, judging from the video on Revit Cayenne Pro, for which I got the exact same size as you and fits perfectly. However, I am planning to use a Warm and Safe heated glove liner and I was wondering if I should go one size up (although they are pretty slim). I don't mind a more snug fit although I believe they will expand a bit, being leather gloves.

Thanks in advance
George P on Aug 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Not entirely sure but you are correct leather might expand bit I don't think that gore tex expands much
I'm a large in icon, first gear. I go XL in a stars and dainase. What size would I be in Held?
Matthew R on May 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I wear XL in Joe Rocket, First Gear and others. This pair of Held gloves in XL fit my ok. They were initially a little snug but broke in just fine. 500 miles in 2 days and didnt have a comfort problem. Best gloves i have ever owned!
Does the lining of the Racetech glove pull out when your hand is sweaty?
A shopper on May 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The lining definitely sticks and pulls out when your hand gets sweaty. That is the one drawback to this glove for me.

I live in Singapore (90F+ / 30C+ every day with regular rainshowers) and I feel it happening every time I take the gloves off.

I have had the lining in fingers get completely twisted inside that it was impossible to fix by wiggling my hand in; I had to get a stick and spent 5 minutes trying to get the fingers' lining lined up properly.

At the same time, if you take your time slowly removing the gloves from your hand, grasping the lining together with the leather at each fingertip and slowly pulling each off separately, then it mostly solves for this; just need to keep reminding myself to do that.

I've not had that same problem occur again in the last 3 months I've been doing this, hopefully it'll stay that way.
Hi, how warm are these as a winter glove? Cheers Lee
Lee R on Apr 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I believe you would find them very comfortable down into the 30 degree fahrenheit range without heated grips. I wore them into Canada in May comfortably without heated grips.

We experienced a lot of rain every day on the trip down through the states. My hands stayed dry although the leather really soaked up the water. I don't think these replace the need for a long distance rain glove. They are track ready however and provide what I'd expect to be an excellent level of protection in an unfortunate slide down the pavement and are certainly capable of some rain conditions.
Are these touch screen compatible?
Gregory P on May 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Not quite, but I found that if I enabled the extra sensitivity on my Samsung S5 I was able to use the phone with my gloves with very deliberate movements and moderate pressure.
Hello there!

Im looking at the Held Race Tex waterproof glove. I live in Seattle, lots of rain, and I am a daily commuter.
I am asking your recommendation on size for this and other Held gloves.
It has sizes 10 and 11. My hand measures out to a 10.25(ten and one quarter). What is your recommendation?
I want to go with the maximum protection I can.
David C on May 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I use these to commute as well in Seattle. My hand measures at 10" and these in size 10 are as tight as I am comfortable wearing, especially on my right (dominant) hand. IMO you may want an 11.

I think that the glove sizing at 10 doesn't account fully for the waterproof liner, as my old Held gloves (Galaxy) which while are definitely 'broken-in' weren't so snug.

I like these gloves, they are comfortable, and as they have broken-in are getting better fitting.
Can these gloves be used with a smartphone?
A shopper on Nov 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, they can't
I just received my Held Race-Tex Gore-Tex Gloves, and they fit great, but I am unsure about the placement of the superfabric impact zone on the heel of the hand. Mine sits on the right on the fleshy heel, but leave the hard bone just below completely uncovered.

So, is the impact zone supposed to line up with the natural fleshy area along the outside of the heel of your palm, or should it reach a little lower to cover some of the more unpadded bone just below that?
Michael B on Apr 29, 2014
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