Held Steve Classic Gloves (Just a Few Left)

  • Highly abrasion-resistant kangaroo leather palm
  • Pittards® specially treated WR100 leather back
  • Colorfast & sweat-proof lining
  • Unlined
  • Pre-formed, crease-free palm
  • Special step seam avoids pressure points on inner hand & enhances feel
  • Velcro adjustment at wrists & cuffs
  • Visor wipe
  • Suprotect® shock-absorbing special foam on back of hand & ball of thumb
  • SuperFabric® reinforcement on edge of hand
  • Schoeller® Dynatec reflectors
More Info: this document explains some of the features listed above.
(not all Held models have all the features listed; use your back button after viewing)

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Sizing Information

Held gloves are sold in glove sizes rather than the normal “alpha” sizes you are used to in the US. But fear not, we offer a comprehensive guide to choosing a Held glove size for you:

Held Glove Sizing

And here is some information about the long term care of Held gloves:

Held Glove Care

The new Steve Classic is offered in both long and short finger versions so those of you with hard to fit hands have a chance to own these fantastic gloves in a size that fits. We hesitate to get too scientific with the finger measurements since with gloves, even a small measured difference in size makes a big fit difference so quantifying it by measurements is hard, but just to give you the idea, we measured length of the middle finger of a size 10/short, 10/regular and 10/long. The short is about 3/8” shorter than the regular and likewise the long is about 3/8” longer than the regular.

Our Two Cents

About this sale and warranty: Held gloves (and other apparel products) are made by Held GmbH in Germany and have been distributed in the US for the last 10 years or so by Held USA, which is a small “mom and pop” out of North Carolina. In mid-December, Held USA announced they were quitting business. And at that time, we bought their remaining inventory of Held gloves in the US as a closeout/liquidation. Other retailers may also have some gloves in their stock as well but there has not yet been a new distributor established and therefore no more stock is currently available. We are hoping for the announcement of a new US distributor because we think they are a fine product line, our customers enjoy them and we experience very few warranty issues. And speaking of warranty, since there is currently no US distributor to inspect and repair/replace gloves as a result of a warranty claim, there is no way for consumers to exercise a warranty claim. We will of course still accept returns of new/unused gloves within 30 days of your order (just like any other product), but we will not offer any warranty whatsoever on any glove that has been used or not returned during that time frame. We are hopeful a new distributor will be announced and they will provide normal warranty coverage, but right now, we can’t tell you when or if that will happen.

About this product: The Held Steve glove has long been regarded as the best glove available for general purpose street and touring riders. The “Classic” is at least the third version of the series over the last five years or so. The changes with the Classic aren’t drastic by any means. The major change comes in the material used to protect the heel of the hand. Older versions used a combination of leather, brass studs and an underlayment of ballistic materials. The Classic gets away from all the hardware and uses a highly abrasion-resistant synthetic SuperFabric material. This material reminds me of stingray which has been used on other Held gloves, but of course the synthetic material is less hazardous to stingrays. I’ve been asked by people just what is it that makes a more simple style like this so popular. Well, when you own the gloves and break them in, you’ll be very pleased with the overall quality feel and fit. The material used and the construction look and feel better than lesser quality gloves. It is sort of like comparing an ordinary car to an expensive car… they both get you there of course, but one just feels and looks a whole lot better than the other. Anyway, enough of the esoteric talk. The features that make this glove stand out (besides the SuperFabric) is the use of Kangaroo hide for the palm, and the Suprotect material used to protect your hand against impact. The kangaroo hide is widely regarded as one of the best materials for the palm of a glove. The leather is highly abrasion resistant, but also thin. And it resists rot from sweat too. The Suprotect material is a spongy foam type armor that is flexible and easily compressible when squeezed slowly, but it stiffens instantly when impacted which has the effect of dispersing sharp impacts. These properties make it perfect for motorcycle armor because comfort is important! This material is used on the back of the hand, the outside of thumb and the heel of the palm (under the SuperFabric). Take the “View Larger Images” link above to see some good close-up photos of these gloves.

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