Held "Fresh" Gloves
Held "Fresh" Motorcycle Gloves
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
| Owner Comments (Below)
The air is just starting to get that taste of fall
and the leaves are beginning to think about leaving
So it may seem like a strange time to do a review of
the Held Fresh summer mesh gloves.
wearing them for several weeks, but our busy schedules
of late have prevented me from jotting down my thoughts
and we're now rushing to finish reviewing a few more
items for summer riding.
No matter -- as fall begins to grip the northern
hemisphere, our friends Down Under are just waking up to
a brand new summer and maybe a new set of warm-weather
The Held Fresh gloves would have to
go a long way to beat my current summer favorites, the
recently reviewed and austerely named
Mesh gloves but they might be just the thing for
those riders whose hands are too slim for the Komodo
Our recent frenzy of summer mesh glove reviews
started a while back with our review of the
Fieldsheer Sonic Mesh gloves, which served their
purpose but seem too lightweight to offer the levels of
protection I prefer. My concerns about the
protective abilities of the Fieldsheer gloves prompted a
visitor to suggest the Held Fresh gloves as a better
solution, and my search for them led me first to the
The Held Fresh gloves have a list price of $54.99,
which is nearly identical to the Komodos at $54.95.
Remember when Held gloves used to command a premium,
back when they were made in Germany? This pair of
Fresh gloves do not have a label indicating the country
of origin, but I'll assume that the price indicates
But the low price hasn't (yet?) affected the typical
Held levels of quality -- the Fresh gloves are very well
made, with perfect rows of stitching and very nice
attention to detail in features like the
arrowhead-shaped extra sections of leather over the
fingertips and the overlapped seams with their perfectly
Unlike the Komodo Mesh gloves, which seem to run
slightly large and have box-shaped fingers that prefer
thicker hands, the Held Fresh gloves seem to run about a
half size small. And the fingers are thinner than
expected, so these might be the choice for riders who
are also piano players with their typically long, thin
The Fresh gloves don't feel quite as comfortable as
the plush Komodos, first of all because the
slightly-too-small sizing forces the tips of my fingers
up into the very tip of the glove, where the internal
leather seams bunch up and interfere with my short
fingernails. I just don't like the feeling of
something picking at my fingernail every time my hand
moves and the Held Fresh gloves lose a few points in my
book for that.
The palms of the gloves are claimed to be made from
goatskin, which is apparently more abrasion resistant
than cow hide. Or so they say...I'm not about to
test the theory!
The leather on the palms does feel relatively thick
for an admittedly lightweight summer glove. An
extra layer of leather has been sewn over the palm and
between the thumb and forefinger for added protection
and wear resistance. These are both attached with
double rows of external stitching.
Topside, the Held Fresh gloves have a sort of Art
Deco-look with an extra section of leather that swoops
from the forefinger, over the knuckles and up on to the
pinky. This section is also nicely sewn with
piping along the front. The section is open at the
back, allowing lots of flex room for the knuckles.
Strips of leather also cover the backs of the two
middle fingers, so other than the gloves having that
summer lightweight feel to them, they do have more
leather protection than most other summer leather
perforated or textile mesh gloves.
Underneath all of this are sections of that typically
soft summer textile mesh glove material. All that
leather doesn't add much to their ventilating abilities,
but, as we've mentioned before, it's a tradeoff between
cooling breezes blowing through the glove and real
protection. I'll take a bit of protection any
The wrists of the Held Fresh gloves include a small
section of elastic that is sewn through in a bunch and
also the typical and unfortunate tiny swatch of Velcro
to hold the glove closed at the wrist.
Someday -- I hope -- someone will make a mesh glove
with a real wrist strap. These mini Velcro postage
stamp closures just aren't doing it for me. I can
easily pull the Held Fresh gloves off my hand by the
fingertips, which would not forebode well in a crash.
One feature that I definitely do not like and which
pretty much knocks the Held Fresh out of contention for
my favorite summer glove is the cuff. Held has
unfortunately fell victim to the
Case of the Missing
Gauntlet, with a very short cuff that does not fit
over several of my motorcycle jackets. These
gloves will have to be worn underneath the sleeves of
many jackets, a European custom that I am not partial
Motorcycle riders with thin fingers, slightly smaller
than normal hands and/or the ability to accept the short
cuff that may not fit over a motorcycle jacket sleeve
may find the Held Fresh gloves an acceptable warm
weather riding solution. At least the gloves do
have several other redeeming features with their
seemingly excellent build quality and relative promise
But unfortunately the size, the finger width and the
cuff just don't fit my hands, so it's back to the
Komodos for me again. Although we will probably
have to start looking at winter riding gloves soon, so
perhaps by next year we will see a completely new type
of summer glove?
Review: Held Fresh Gloves
Suggested Retail Price: $54.99
Product Comments: Available in numbered sizes 7,
8, 9, 10, 11.
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From "T.M." (3/09): "Since I had good
fortune with Held's winter gloves (the
Held Freezer), I
decided to take a chance on (the Held Fresh) gloves. You
all gave them a pretty good review and since I had thin hands
like you said you would need for these gloves, I thought, yeah!
They were better than i had hoped for. the
comfort level is out of this world for me. And the
workmanship you can tell, is top notch. Something crazy
happen however when the gloves arrived -- they had sent me 2
right hands LOL .
Well I have needed 2 right hands in my life
before pitching baseball and write term papers but 2
right-handed gloves wouldn't work. I called up where I got
them (helmetheadcycle.com) and they were Johnny on the spot!
They got with Held USA and with in 2 days I had another pair
with both hands.
Before they came I did my own test. I wore
the right hand Held Fresh glove and with the left hand I wore
Rocket Atomic glove. WOW the difference was night and
day. The price is $20.00 difference with the Held being
the higher priced. However the comfort level was amazing
good for the Held Fresh gloves. The Atomic gloves had my
left hand stressed with in a 7 mile commute.
The air flow difference was remarkable too.
The Atomic gloves were fair and you could feel a little air flow
but the Held's air flow felt like a fan was inside of the
gloves. On a hot day there would be no comparison.
The (Held Fresh gloves) won my test!
Also the cuff that you said was too small was
bigger than the JR Atomic's. I read where you do not like
the cuff under your jacket but in the summer I do. In the
winter I like it over my jacket, I just think it is cooler in
the summer to do it with the jacket over the cuff.
Thanks again for you help webBikeWorld for the
good reviews and the great help. As a new motorcycle rider
I am checking your site every day!"