Held Talin GTX gloves, £154.99
Tester: Adam Child
Time tested: One year/10,000 miles
What’s good? These are without doubt the best winter gloves I’ve tried in nearly 20 years of biking. I’ve ridden through two hours of heavy rain and my hands have stayed 100% dry. I also recently rode a Kawasaki Versys 1000 for two hours with no heated grips, in freezing conditions and I could still feel my hands at the end of the journey. They weren’t toasty, but nor were they frozen. The inner lining is real lambskin, which feels lovely every time I put them on. As it’s a claw design your fingers are separated into two, which helps maintain the temperature. The claw gloves are rather unique as inside the glove both fingers are touching, so they are snuggled together to warm each other. The double cuff design keeps the water and wind out. One part of the glove/sleeve goes inside your jacket and the other on the outside. There’s also a wrist strap to keep them extra secure.
What’s not? They are a little bulky and heavy, so I lose some feel on the levers and bars as they have so much wind and weather protection. It’s fine for touring and naked bikes but they’re a bit cumbersome on a sportsbike with small levers. They are also a tad expensive.
Quality rating: 5/5
Value rating: 4/5