HELD TOUCH PERFORATED WOMEN'S GLOVES

  • $165.00
  • Sizes 6-8 (XS - M); If you need a large women's, you can order the men's version in 9. My size is 6. 
  • Cowhide top chassis
  • Kangaroo palms, fully perforated for hot weather!
  • Velcro adjustments at the wrists
  • Accordion stretch panels along the thumb, 2nd/3rd/4th fingers
  • SuperFabric reinforced palms (instead of hard sliders)
  • SAS-TEC® knuckle protection underneath leather
  • Visor wiper on the left hand, index finger
  • Touch friendly index fingers and thumbs
  • Sample provided by GearChic :D
  • Review Date: August 2016
  • Where to Buy: Revzilla.com

OVERVIEW

Something that I've always struggled with is finding a ventilated summer riding glove that offers almost the same protection as my solid street glove. I've finally found one that I feel will protect me (and you) in the event of an accident.

Although you may find yourself caring for these gloves a bit more than others, I think it's worth the effort to have a really protective pair like this one.

These are the first pair of actual summer gloves I've ever owned (that's what happens when you've lived in San Francisco and the coast of California). The palms are fully perforated for riding during the warmest summer months. I could never wear a glove like this back home in California. But here, they are a welcome addition to my massive closet.  

I still love my trusty Racers dearly, but until they release smaller sizes, I just needed a pair of summer gloves that would give me more ventilation and comfort in the summer heat & humidity that comes with East Coast living. However, protection is first and foremost. If a glove doesn't offer certain elements including reinforced seams, wrist coverage, palm sliders and knuckle coverage I won't wear it. 

The Touch's have a simple styling to them, with knuckle protection in the form of SAS-TEC armor and perforated kangaroo leather palms. I wasn't looking for a race level glove, but if they actually made something like that for women, I would probably buy them. I think they would work on any kind of bike, whether it's a race bike, dual sport, standard, retro, cruiser, scooter; it doesn't matter. 

First and foremost, let's talk about protection. A good portion of it appears in the form of SuperFabric, a high-tech material that's extremely abrasion resistant, flexible and lightweight. Check out this neat Youtube video which gives a good overview of how strong and resilient the fabric is. 

This is going to give you even more protection in case you put your hands out (which is inevitable if you fall off your bike). Unfortunately I've had to use palm sliders before so I'd prefer not to wear gloves that withhold this type of protection. They provide coverage for your palms, and along your wrists which are two common impact zones.  

Every motorcycle glove you wear should have this type of reinforcement. This is going to keep them from failing on impact, when your gardening gloves, driving gloves, ski gloves, or other non motorcycle gloves will when it comes time to use them. 

See how everything is double stitched? Protection, lots of it. How long could you go without the use of your hands? 

One feature I really like and should be on every thumb is the accordion stretch panel. Most sport / sport touring gloves will have these small stretch panels over your fingers because you need them to give a little when you try to use your levers, right? So having them on the thumb is particularly comfortable for those of you who have issues with finger length. Sometimes it just takes a little bit of stretch in the right spot to make it fit better.

You may also be wondering about the "Touch" feature. Yes, they do work with my iPhone. They're located on the thumb and index finger. It's not a fabric that's sewn onto the finger, it's leather which is actually touch friendly. I wonder if this will wear out over time since leather is still skin. I feel like the touch finger on my Rukka gloves are already wearing out because the leather on the index finger is also wearing out. #firstworldproblems

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And then there are a couple of features that I think are sort of silly. You're going to find snaps inside the cuffs of each glove, which essentially allow you to keep the gloves together. I guess in case one falls out of your bag, then you'll lose both? If you think they bug you while wearing them, I would just cut them off. I also think the mini wiper blade on the left index finger is also silly. How often are you riding in the rain, in the summer and want your hands to get wet? I would rather wear my summer, waterproof gloves but this might be a feature some of you will use. 

Something that I love and eventually will not love about these are the kangaroo leather palms. The upside is that you get a little more dexterity with kangaroo. But the leather is also thinner, so they don't last as long as cowhide or goatskin might, and you need to take extra care of them. 

CARE

You have to wash them. Yep, you read that right. In the sink, soap and water. Held even has proper glove care instructions right here. But here's my translation:

  1. Fill the sink with lukewarm, soapy water. I used a small drop of gentle hand soap. (a little goes a long way, you know?)
  2. I rubbed some of the soapy water into the gloves for a minute or so and then let it soak for ~10 minutes
  3. I rinsed them in cold water as thoroughly as I could
  4. I towel dried them with a camping towel (to absorb as much moisture as possible) flat. I have two camping towels so I sandwiched them between the towels and just press down to get as much of the water out as possible. But try not to wring out the excess water like a towel.
  5. I stuffed them with paper towels and laid them flat to dry overnight in a dry, warm room. My bathroom is really small so it's the perfect place. 

No, these will not make them look brand new again. But they will remove surface oils from the kangaroo that eventually eat away at the leather and will wear the skin down which then results in a big hole. 

I've had these Racer gloves that I washed recently for ~5+ years and a hole finally wore through the fatty part of my thumb. Oh well. Luckily I have a second pair that I purchased about 4 years ago as a backup :) I washed them at least once a year, sometimes twice. 

I've had these Racer gloves that I washed recently for ~5+ years and a hole finally wore through the fatty part of my thumb. Oh well. Luckily I have a second pair that I purchased about 4 years ago as a backup :) I washed them at least once a year, sometimes twice. 

Since the palms are fully perforated, however, I imagine a little less dirt/oil will stay absorbed but overall you'll still need to clean them at least once a season. Maybe 2-3 times in the summer if you're sweating into them heavily and daily. 

One thing I am concerned about is how well the perforated palms will hold up over time since the palm leather is already thin. But I'm willing to take a chance. 

FIT

Remember to check fit with a "C" Curve so you can check riding fit, not keyboard fit. :D

Remember to check fit with a "C" Curve so you can check riding fit, not keyboard fit. :D

Initially, as with all new leather gloves they were definitely snug. I purchased a size 6 (my hand measures at 7.25" around the widest part of my palm). But a 7 would've been far too loose everywhere for me. I also like my gloves tight because I can't stand baggy palms when I'm trying to be precise with my throttle and braking control.  I'd say that if you like your gloves looser, order based on the measured size.

After awhile, a loose glove can cause more fatigue because you're trying to grip harder since there's so much extra material in your hand. Imagine trying to hold a crumpled up napkin in your palms while riding your bike, how can you possibly maintain a solid grip and smooth control that way? 

As with all leather gear, I wore my gloves around for about 15 minutes before even thinking about going riding. I wanted to see if I could wear them for that long without extreme discomfort . If you can't go that long wearing something off the bike, that's a bad sign for the rest of the afternoon / day that you might be riding. This is also especially useful if you need to return them. 

One thing that felt immediately uncomfortable was the knuckles. The knuckle area was tight overall. So this Youtube video I uploaded is a nice trick that I have used for my gloves, so maybe it'll work for you too.

The other discomfort I felt immediately was just overall, well, discomfort. They felt too tight. But try to give it a few minutes to settle and then see how it goes. It's hard to tell if you're not used to new leather gloves, or if it's simply the first time you've worn gloves like these, or if they're just too small. 

When it comes to checking fit, remember to look for minimal "bunching" in the palms. The less, the better. When you fully open your hand it should be uncomfortable, but also smooth. I would say these gloves have a slightly wider palm (than Rev'it, Alpinestars or Dainese) but fit closest to a Rev'it glove. They're still a very European fit so slimmer overall compared to an American brand. And if you're wondering about finger lengths, yes, they do run a little long in the fingers. All my gloves run a bit long since mine are generally shorter, so I'm okay with this. Just make sure you try them on your bike, with your levers to see if they work for you. If you can adjust your levers closer to your handgrip, that might be a way to resolve any control issues. 

One thing some of you might be worried or thinking about is your rings! Yes, in particular that darn engagement ring. I typically wear three different rings on my ring finger, including a newly upgraded engagement ring (0.8ct, tension setting), a wedding band and a birthday ring. It's a lot to wear on one finger, I know. And yes, it's a bit much to wear under this glove. If I just wear the two bands it's fine. But if you have something larger than a ~0.5ct ring and the setting is raised then it'll probably be uncomfortable. The fingers are fairly narrow too, so this might be an issue with wearing any kind of ring altogether. But I usually just leave the big one at home when I ride anyhow. Especially in the summer when my hands swell up a little bit. 

Overall, I'm happy with these gloves and I'd highly recommend these for summer, especially if you're looking for something with more protection than traditional mesh gloves have to offer. It can be difficult to find something that offers enough ventilation and protection, but I think the Touch's do a great job of balancing both as much as possible. They're still not as protective a standard, all around street glove but I think they do offer the best of both worlds.

At a slightly higher price point of $165, you are paying more than a cheap, $50 mesh glove. But what you get in return will save your hands from something far more painful. And for another ~$100 you're getting a fantastic combination of technology, construction, and comfort that your hands will thank you for.