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Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Chickenstrip, May 3, 2013.
I'm using Held's Air n Dry and I must say, not cheap, but the best glove I've ever had.
Using Held Calibur
GREAT glove...best used. Made for long fingers though.
Probably not the right glove for you but Held quality is amazing.
Totally agree. I love mine.
I've had my black Motoport Kevlar Racing gloves for seems like almost a year now.
They are awesome. Buy a pair and never need to buy another pair of gloves again. The stretchiness of the Kevlar makes them more comfortable than any other gloves I've ever had. Way more comfortable than my equally-expensive Alpinestars GP Pro gloves.
And, needless to say, water doesn't hurt them at all (unlike leather) and they don't bleed.
I rode 550 miles, from north GA to almost DC on Sunday (on a borrowed CBR1000RR), in and out of rain the whole way, wearing these gloves. It was warm out, so I didn't care that my hands were getting wet. Each time I came out of the rain, in 15 - 30 minutes, my hands and gloves were dry again. Getting them wet and riding until they're dry just helps them conform to your hand even better.
Not so waterproof (resistant) though, eh? I can see some of you are leaning toward riding with wet hands ... I can do that with my summer mesh gloves, but I'd like to keep my paws dry. So far it's looking like the Held Steves are preferred but what about the Held Rainstorm gloves? Much cheaper at $112, and I'm nothing if not cheap.
We have been using the Held Warm & Dry gloves, they are terrific. My wifes hands tend to get cold so she has them on often during the year. I'm going to get a couple pair of Held Air & Dry for the summer months.
Great product, but I'm sure there are lots out there that will do the trick.
I had a pair of Held Raindrops at the same time as my last pair of Steve's. The waterproof membrane did it's job, both keeping me dry and keeping me warm when it was cool. They had an independent liner, which means that if my hand got a bit wet, it tended to pull the liner out of the glove, making for difficulty in putting the glove back on (but this isn't unique to Held gloves).
I liked them.
That said, they definitely offered less protection than my Steves, and the waterproof liner pretty much ruled them out for summer riding. Today, I'd be tempted to find a waterproof over-glove for my regular (summer or winter) gloves and just keep that with the rest of my rain gear (which means that I prefer separate rain gear to waterproof liners).
I used a pair of Fox Creek Leather elkskin gaunlets for 5 years. Super-solid gloves; really nice, actually. They kept my hands protected from asphalt more than once :eek1 They eventually quit bleeding, but they were by no means waterproof. I remember a couple of times that I had to wring them out like a chamois before I continued my ride
I replaced them with a pair of AGV exoset (?) gloves that had hard carbon fiber knuckles, fingers, and all that stuff. They were fine for the daily commute, but a trip to SF and back had me dying to get something else because the hard knuckles and fingers were really uncomfortable for such a long trip.
I purchased a pair of Aerostich competition ropers recently to replace the AGVs, and they're *excellent*. Not really a true gauntlet like the Fox Creek Leather gloves, but they're long enough to go over the wrist. Very comfortable, very well made, very plush feeling, and I like how they look. I can't say that they offer any wet weather protection, but they feel great. The best wet-weather protection I've used was a pair of snowmobile handguards I adapted for winter use.
Yep, those look nice. Waterproofness is a priority (why did I bring up Latigos? Those damn Revzilla guys got me distracted. :) )
Good to hear about actual use. Are the liner kinda like silk liners for a degree of increased warmth, not used much in warmer months? My idea is that I'd be using these in spring-fall rainy weather, probably switching to mesh gloves when not raining.
Makes me think I should try rain covers.
I've been happy with my Roadgear Adaptive-Tec gloves. My neighbor just bought a pair after trying mine. They were about $70. Got the same gloves for my wife and it is the favorite out of the 3-4 pair that she has.
In the rain, I'll use the Aerostich covers. No less of dexterity at all for me when it comes to operating the motorcycle safely. They keep me dry.
I have the Motoport Kevlar gloves that I use when it is hot, but I do not find them as comfortable as my Helimot Buffalo 365 gloves. The Motoport gloves are much stiffer than Helilmot gloves. They take more effort to close your hands around the grips and I don't have as much dexterity. I have been wearing both for several years. I did have a couple of worn out fingers replaced on the Helimot gloves after about 30k or 40k miles of use. He did it for a very reasonable price (which I don't remember, but I remember at the time I thought it was a good deal).
Liners are stitched in, and are there to keep you from sticking to the waterproof/breathable membrane.