Dom Humby tries on a glove for all winter occasions.
If I said you could have two winter gloves in one, you would probably assume that I’m referring to one glove that meets every need during the colder months of the year using different types of liner, made from space-age materials dreamed up in a psychedelic trance throughout the ’70s.
To clear this up, I’m not talking about that. I’m referring to the Held Twin II winter gloves are quite literally two gloves in one housing. Using the same idea and technology from their Air’N’Dry gloves, Held has undoubtedly broken the mould in regards to winter gloves.
Inside the cuff, you will see two pockets. The top pocket is thermal lined for use in colder conditions. Whilst this admittedly reduces the ‘feel’ on the controls initially, once the gloves have been used a few times, it becomes less intrusive and allows for comfortable and very warm digits. The bottom pocket retains the thermal liner across top of the glove leaving the Gortex lining on the palm. This gives much more tactile feedback. I found this adaptability very useful when travelling in harshly cold conditions at 5:30 am in the morning on my daily commute to work. It certainly eliminates the need to carry a second pair of gloves for the afternoon return journey once temperatures had risen.
The long-cuff design, with dual Velcro closures, gives a snug, comfortable fit that allows a brilliant seal to be formed once your jacket is secured over the top. It means you won’t find any of those pesky drafts that can appear from time to time by way of movement when riding.
An integral visor wipe is included on the left index finger to keep your vision clear. Additionally, the gloves feature touch-sensitive leather on the index fingers and thumbs so you can operate devices without having to take the gloves off.
The Held Twin II gloves would be an excellent choice to wear from autumn right through to spring but could be a little too warm wear on hotter days during the summer. That said, for a thoroughbred summer glove, you could opt for the Air’N’Dry gloves that feature the same dual-chamber concept. See below.
Being Gortex lined means that they are 100% waterproof. Already hitting shear walls of water and wind on the roads this year, the Twin II gloves have kept my hands warm and dry throughout.
The Twin II gloves are priced accordingly around £175, which I feel is justified by the fact that you quite literally have a glove for almost every occasion. A solid 10 out of 10, earning a well deserved MotoMerit too. Great work Held.
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