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I purchased a pair of the kangaroo palm Held gloves a few years back. They have been far and away the best gloves I have ever owned. They beat the other brands I have tried (Alpinestars, Olympia, Dainese) hands down. They have also held up incredibly well. I just purchased my second pair, but they were very hard to find. I had to go back to Scuderia West in San Francisco where I purchased the firsst pair. Hopefully the new distributor will make them easier to find here in SoCal.
 

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I too can attest to the quality of Held's gloves. I bought my first pair in '99 (I think it was the 2265 model...now discontinued?). Anyway, it was a summer-weight model with breathable material on the outside and the roo leather on the palm/fingers. They are washable. The glove also has brass studs and padding in the palms, which helped me tremendously when I hit a deer at about 50! I'm still wearing the gloves.



I later bought a pair of 2277's, which are still featured on their website. These are even better than the summer weight gloves. You can fetch your gas card out of your wallet with these gloves on and the protection, IMHO, is top rate.
 

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I'd buy if I could

but the few stores around here have virtually no selection and inventory. I've been looking for a decent 2-piece rainsuit size XL for months. Gloves in size medium? Forget it. I found a First Gear Scout jacket on a close out rack in my size last year, so I bought it and love it.

Mail-order you say? That's okay for Tourmaster, but Intersport Fashions doesn't allow mail-order. Yet their 1 dealer, listed for the entire state of Arizona carries virtually no inventory. Same with Arai. My noggin is an XXL Quantum, and no one keeps one of those on the shelf.

I could understand this if I lived in Wakarusa, KS, or Soda Springs, ID, but I live in Phoenix, 14th largest SMSA, population 3.24 million in 2000. There's something wrong with this picture. We've got 2 CycleGear stores, which are okay, but they carry mostly their own brands and Joe Rocket.

Do you guys in Southern California have lots of big stores with lots of great inventory? I wish someone would start a chain of discount motorcycle gear superstores, so this stuff would be available. Mail order is a poor substitute, but it's better than nothing.

Rant over.
 

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I've had a pair of 2273 Udo Marks (in black) that I bought from Helimot in San Jose about 3 years ago and have been wearing daily... I still love them 33000 miles later :)



I was looking over the new ones at a local dealer, I think a bunch of the newer models were cheaper quality, and made in Indonesia or something, which is why Helimot stopped importing them. The 2273's are nowhere to be seen :(
 

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What review?

C'mon, that was pathetic. Enjoy your free swag for the product placement. Read Motorcycle Consumer News for an idea as to how to test gear, but you obviously do not care.
 

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Online Store!

I think that MO should start a new policy of not reviewing gear unless the stuff is acutally available on some sort of level to the majority of riders. I've been thinking of getting new gloves, read the review and was intruiged. I went to the site found some I'd be interested in,l measured my hand and got ready to purchase. Ummmm.... Hmmmm... No online sales. Well, okay then they must have a really good network, so, click on Texas. One dealer listed for all of Texas.

So, what these guys apparently expect me to do is take a 6 hour round trip to austin, to buy a pair of their gloves. Nice. And thank god I don't live in El Paso, then I'd be looking at more like 8-10 hours.

Perhaps this is their way of encouraging me to acutally do an iron but ride? I'm not sure, but if so, do I really want to undertake that without all my gear, like say, gloves? This is just plain stupid.

And it isn't like I'm living in the middle of no where. Ever heard of Houston? Or Dallas even? Apparently this company hasn't, since their only distributer in Texas is in Austin. Jeeze.

Come on MO, push for change. Tell these fools that if the majority of your readers can't get the stuff easily, you are not going to bother giving them the space. Help us out here.
 

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Re: Online Store!

These are fantastic gloves that are consistently overlooked in the motorcycle press. Kudos to MO for bringing them to our collective attention.

Official mail order policy be damned. Give the nice folks at Sucderia West a call 415-621-7223. I bet they'll be able to help you out.
 

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Re: What review?

I agree, I had forgotten about them.

"We could go on for hours about various details, but that would be redundant all over again, because all the info we've got can be found at www.held-usa.com".

This is about as lazy as one can get. Hey, instead of providing details on bikes, how about a link to their web-sites? Great journalism...
 

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Or you could pick the ones you like from the all-inclusive website and measure your hand according to the simple instructions, call the shop in Dallas, and have the brown truck man bring what you need possibly the next day. Not as dramatic as like waiting for the Overland Stage, but relatively efficient. Gee, how did we buy things like gloves 20 years ago? I didn't know motorcycle gloves existed yet. *****, I don't think I wore gloves then....
 

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Held Gloves are amazing. I started using them 3 years back and have never been disappointed by them.



I have gone down with them on in a low speed lowside and my hands came out fine. I basically slid for about 20ft on the asphalt palms down. The rivet studs were ground down and the palm of the glove slightly ripped but otherwise no other issues. (My bike however was another story :).





I bought all my gloves from the fine folks at Helimot European Accessories in San Jose.

The gloves are the ones made in Germany and their workmanship and colorfastness is great. I can't comment on gloves made anywhere else.



Helimot's service was superb. I simply faxed them an outline of my hand beforehand and they would mail my gloves out to me (perfect fit). I definitely would order from them again if they start marketing a Made-In-USA Helimot glove.



-rrp

 

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Supposedly Helimot doesn't carry Held anymore, because some of the Held line isn't of the best quality.



There's a current discussion of this in the usenet news group ba.motorcycles. Look for the subject line "Held products in US"



-- Michael



 
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