HELD PHANTOM II CUSTOM RACE GLOVES
TESTED BY: Boothy MILES: 3,000 TIME: 1 year PRICE: £260 WEB: www.held-uk.co.uk I am, and always have been, a fussy bugger when it comes to choosing gloves; it would take me hours of trying on different mitts of different sizes trying to find the perfect fit. For this exact reason, when I found the Phantom IIs, about three years ago, I decided I’d stick with them. Okay, I haven’t had these exact gloves for three years, my first set were a pair of off-the-shelfers (standard colours retail at £201.99) but after two years of racing, road riding and crashing they were getting a bit second hand so last year I thought I’d treat myself to a new custom pair, to match my leathers. Held do offer a made to measure service on these but I find their standard ‘medium’ size fits my hands, er, like a glove. The palms and inside of the fingers are made out of dead supple kangaroo skin, so you get plenty of feel for the ‘bars, but for protection there is extra abrasive resistant stingray leather (yes that’s right, stingray leather) on the backs of the fingers, side of the palm and cuff. The knuckle protector is titanium, lined on the inside with shock absorbing foam, and the back of the hand is completely lined with Kevlar so not only do they offer top impact protection, you would have a job wearing through them, even at silly speeds.