MoreBikes Editor Ross has been putting some motorcycle textiles from Held through their paces. Here’s what he thinks:
I’ve never worn Held gear before, but the German firm has been on my radar for years. They’re seriously popular on the continent – and when you take a look at the range of their kit, it’s easy to see why. They do it all. For all budgets.
These Pentland textiles sit in the middle of their range, offering a swathe of features that keep you protected from the elements and secure in the knowledge you’ll be looked after should the worst happen and you end up trading blows with the Tarmac. They’re constructed from a Cordura 500D outer and feature the Held-Tex-Z-Liner membrane (which is waterproof, windproof and breathable).
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There’s also a breathable mesh lining, some large vents, and a load of adjustment to get the perfect fit. I’ve tended to wear these in warmer weather without the liner; as they’re lightweight and have great airflow when you get moving. That said, when I have been caught out, they’ve proved themselves perfectly capable of keeping me warm and dry.
They’re seriously comfortable, too; surprisingly so, with a noticeable lack of bulk and weight that you sometimes find with textile gear. For protection it comes with CE-certified shoulder and elbow protectors, plus height-adjustable knee protectors and some hip armour – and there’s a pocket for a back protector, too. I think it’s a shame it doesn’t come as standard, though plenty of riders do prefer to wear standalone armour…
I’ve been properly impressed with the Pentland textiles from Held. I’ve got some seriously expensive textiles in my collection, but these have immediately become my favourite for off-road adventure riding. They’re light, comfortable and extremely easy to get on with. What more could you want?
Ross Mowbray / Jacket – £343.95 + Trousers – £274.95 / www.held.de