Held Air n Dry Gloves Review

With over 37-years experience designing motorcycle gloves, Held has figured exactly what a rider needs for protection and comfort.

This experience is evident in Held’s newest offering, the Air N Dry glove. With the Air n Dry, the German-based apparel manufacturer makes the no-compromise glove for all types of riding and weather conditions.

This Air N Dry is unique over other touring gloves – it uses Gore-Tex 2-in-1 technology that features two chambers. One chamber is unlined and perforated for the warmer temps, and the other is 100-percent waterproof due to the Gore-Tex membrane. This allows it to be a do-it-all glove regardless of heat, rain or cooler temps.

The Air N Dry features small stretch panels that allow your hands to move without restriction. Velcro closures at both the wrist and the cuff allow a personalized fit that’s neither too loose or tight. The kangaroo leather palm is supple but protective at the same time.

Besides the abrasive-resistant Superfabric construction (five-times more abrasive resistant than leather at half the weight, the Held Air N Dry features hard plastic knuckle protection along with small vents for getting air to the fingers.

The tiny squeegee on the fore finger of the left hand is simple and works nicely to keep rain off the face shield – you can tell these were developed by people that really ride.

A  nice pair of gloves is a lot like a great pair of boots – once you get them broken in and really comfortable, you can’t imagine riding with anything else. I know, I had a pair of Malcolm Smith Touring boots for almost 25 years… just couldn’t find any I liked better.

The Held Air N Dry gloves just might be the same way. At $250, they are not cheap. The construction quality is definitely top-notch and the clever design and function can almost make one forget about the high price.

My guess is that they will outlast most other gloves available by a considerable margin. The Air n Dry glove will be appreciated by most everyone, especially long-distance riders.

Held Air n Dry Gloves:

  • Sizes: 7-12
  • Colors: Black-Silver and all Black
  • MSRP: $250
  • Held-USA.com

The author of this review is Bill Kniegge, owner of Blue Strada Motorcycle Tours and a long-time touring and off-road motorcycle rider. Kniegge is a 30-year veteran of the motorcycle industry and past CMO of Bell Helmets and Husqvarna Motorcycle Co. Contact him at billk@bluestradatours.com or by phone at 704-292-8801.