Held Titan gloves £199.99
Miles covered/time: Three months/2000 miles
What’s good? It’s like sticking your hand in to a fortress, such is the reassuringly tough feeling, but they bed in quickly and give good feel. They don’t get too sweaty, the joined pinky/ring finger is unnoticeable and the securing straps give a snug fit.
The gauntlet cuff is good – I have long arms, and some gloves won’t cover wrists not covered by leathers. These do.
They’ve also stood up to a crash – hitting a patch of gravel left by council bell-ends removing cats-eyes promptly detached tyres from the road, and my hand was slammed to the floor still holding the bar. I could feel that my hand had been squashed, but I wasn’t injured.
What’s not? The joining bridge on the fingers tore, but the main protection underneath is unscathed. I’m still wearing them in complete confidence, so it’s something to note rather than a complaint.
They’re pricey too – but they’re marketed as the last word in racing hand protection with one of the most comprehensively designed constructions you’ll see in a glove.
There’s a repair service too – cost is usually from £15 for a small area, to £50 for seriously battered gloves, dependant on what you’ve done. With normal cleaning/leather conditioning, they have the potential to last for years.