HELD PHANTOM III CUSTOM RACE GLOVES
TESTED BY: Boothy MILES: 5,000 TIME: 2 years PRICE: £260 WEB: www.held-uk.co.uk
As with my leathers, this was the first crash I’d had in these gloves, after doing thousands of miles in them. And I’d like to say my hands came off completely unscathed... but they didn’t. Well one of them did, the other one didn’t. I whacked it on the tarmac full pelt, hard enough to dent the titanium knuckle protectors and hard enough for me to think that I’d broken my hand. As it happens, a trip to A&E and a quick X-ray confirmed that I hadn’t broken my hand and it was just me being a drama queen. But it did hurt. In fact it still hurts now but I can’t really attribute the pain to a shortcoming in the gloves, as nothing can offer 100% protection 100% of the time. My only complaint would be that the stitching on the palm padding has started to fail; the crash didn’t help the situation but it had started to come away even before I bitch-slapped Cadwell Park’s hard tarmac.