Held gear. Anyone riding in it?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by chopperdoc60, Jul 3, 2013.

  1. chopperdoc60

    chopperdoc60 Adventurer

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    Greetings inmates. Is anyone out there currently riding in the Held Carese jacket and Torno pants? I'm looking at it and was wondering if anyone out there had any insights. Thanks.
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  2. chopperdoc60

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    It's that good huh?
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  3. TexBiker

    TexBiker Been here awhile

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    I've been wearing their gloves for almost 20 years, but I didn't even know they made jackets or pants.

    For what it's worth, Held gloves are the best I've ever tried. Comfortable and tough.
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  4. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    I'm using the Held Cardona jacket. The one that cost (before it was discontinued) like $900. I got mine for half price. I really like the jacket except for the two front pockets have really weak zippers that separated. There are flaps over these pockets though so water still keeps out. Also, portions of the jacket (it's black) have started to fade to a red color. I believe this is front the heat reflection material/coating they put on it. as I have seen this before on another garment with that same coating. Other than that I quick like the jacket. The jacket you are looking at seems to have gotten good reviews. I'd buy another cardona jacket if I found a good deal on it. I use mine with Rev'it everest pants, it's a great combination.

    The Held clothing product line seems poorly represented in the US which is sort of shame as they have got some nice offerings.
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  5. BMW-K

    BMW-K F800GS FTW!

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    Well, not quite the same but I have their one-piece leather/'roo SLADE suit for track days and it's quite fantastic.
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  6. jraugie1

    jraugie1 How hard can it be?

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    I just saw Held jackets at the BMWRA Rally in NC and I liked what I saw. I can't remember who the vendor was but it was all 20% off. They had an adventure style jacket and I really liked the lightweight vented one that had a completely vented panel right down the middle. Very clever stuff and seemed well made. Half the price of KLIM/BMW.
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  7. Flightar

    Flightar Been here awhile

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    I had a Held Carese jacket and it leaked before I sent it back...however, it was really well built and I liked the Jacket. I just can't have gear that isn't waterproof despite manufacturer claims.

    That's the same reason I no longer own Tourmaster, Fieldsheer, Spidi, Olympia, or Roadgear stuff...they all leaked.

    Held Gloves are absolutely great though. I have a pair of Steves that have been the best gloves I've ever worn. Great feel of the grips...even if I did have to have the stitching repaired after the first year of ownership...once fixed they have been durable. Before that, I had Held Gore Tex gloves...didn't end up being waterproof but the overall glove was good, comfortable, and durable...I got about five years of daily use out of them. When the time comes for new gloves Held will once again be what I put on my hands. My roommate also has a pair of Held gloves...no issues.
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  8. jraugie1

    jraugie1 How hard can it be?

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    +1
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  9. chopperdoc60

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    Thanks for input inmates!
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  10. MMasz

    MMasz Been here awhile

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    So what did you settle on for a waterproof jacket?
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  12. luxlogs

    luxlogs Been here awhile

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    I was going to buy a pair of HELD Gloves at my Local BMW dealer until I noticed they were made in China. $150 gloves made by slave labor, No Thanks! Now if they were $30.
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  13. Xeraux

    Xeraux Archvillain

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    Held has made riding apparel for BMW in the past. They know what they're doing.

    I have a pair of the Held Sakai pants. They're fantastic.

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    There are lots of little touches that you find out after you buy them.

    For instance, they're a "convertable" pant like the BMW Summer2 pants. Which is great when you get somewhere and you want to zip the lower part of the legs off and just have a pair of shorts. But... What if when you get somewhere you don't want to wear shorts, but still want to get the knee armour out? On the Sakais, you can remove the armour from the front without taking the pants off or removing the legs. Really handy.

    Also, the zippers around the ankles are double zippers. You can leave the bottom one down to make sure the pants stay in place, but open the top one for lower leg ventilation.

    The leading edge of the cargo pockets unzip to provide almost an "ram air" effect for upper leg venting.

    Just a couple of examples, but you get the idea.

    The light grey and black material matches the light grey and black material on the BMW Rallye 2 Pro jacket perfectly. I don't mean, "Wow, it's looks really similar." I mean, "Holy crap. Is this the exact same material?" It looks like they were made to go together.


    Oh! Another thing I really like. The zipper that attaches the jacket to the pants isn't a little 6" or 11" zipper, it goes all the way around your waist. When you zip the jacket to the pants, it's basically a one-piece suit. You can tell a lot of thought went into the design of their clothing.
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