Wednesday, December 28

Held Gloves 2012 Overview

Held is releasing four brand new gloves for early 2012 which continues Held's long tradition of creating highly technical, protective and high-performance motorcycle gloves. For this new round of gloves, Held is dropping two sport-focused men's gloves, a ladies-specific sport glove and a dualsport/ADV glove that will go head to head in protection and comfort with the top offerings in this realm from other leading manufacturers. While we haven't shot our video reviews yet, what we can currently offer is a quick explanation and feature breakdown for what each of these gloves offers.

First up, lets check out the Held Agadir Gloves Review:



Our favorite gloves in this release are the Held Agadir Gloves, which appear to be the replacement for the extraordinarily popular Air Stream from Held. The Agadir gloves are designed for warm to hot weather sport riding, with airflow and protection being their primary focus. A full kangaroo leather construction, the Held Agadirs feature a ton of perforation along the backhand and fingers. The hard part knuckle protector also features vents to bring more air into the glove. Superfabric panels protect the two outer fingers and there is a large palm panel that wraps around for excellent abrasion resistance. More to come on the Held Agadir Gloves, but I would wager these will be hugely popular.

Next lets check out the Held Evo Thrux Gloves Review:



The Held Evo Thrux Gloves are an aggressive sport glove that can cross over to occasional track day riding. The backhand is premium cowhide while the palm uses Held's signature abrasion-resistant yet tactile kangaroo leather. These leathers are colorfast and sweat resistant and offer excellent protection and comfort. For protection, there is a ventilated hard part main knuckle protector with hard outer pinky protection, superfabric paneling at the fingers and palm, and double-layered leather in strategic areas. There are also Kevlar panels for added abrasion resistance. Leather stretch paneling allows for flew and mobility, there is a velcro microadjuster in addition to the main cuff closure and a visor wiper in the event that you need to clean off your shield. Our first impression is that these gloves are a great bang for the buck sport glove.

Third, we can check out the Held Sambia Gloves Review:


The Held Sambia Gloves have a straightforward mission: offer a high degree of protection and comfort for the aggressive ADV and dualsport rider. This is accomplished using a mix of construction materials and technologies. The backhand is a mix of lightweight nylon for breathability with leather inserts around the vented hard part knuckle armor and at the outer pinky. There is a stretch panel directly behind the knuckle armor for mobility and comfort. Kangaroo leather is used at the palm with leather overlays for abrasion resistance and durability with superfabric panels and foam inserts for added protection. These gloves go head-to-head with ADV offerings from other top manufacturers.

Lastly, the Held Rachel Women's Gloves are a multi-season cool to cold weather women's sport riding glove. Featuring a Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane, the Held Rachel Gloves feature a goatskin palm with a high-tenacity stretch fabric backhand. The main knuckle features a hard part protector beneath the stretch fabric and there are leather accents at the tips of the fingers and side of the hand for durability and abrasion resistance. Additionally, the goatskin palm features leather overlays for durability and superfabric panels for added safety. There is a microadjuster at the wrist in addition to the main gauntlet closure. Held has also included a visor wiper for shield-cleaning convenience.

Stay tuned for our video reviews of these gloves which will be coming in the near future.

-RetroZilla
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