Most gauntlets on the market are waterproof gloves suited for riding through wet , cold, inhospitable conditions at speed. But they get a mite schweaty in the heat of summer, or certainly while stuck in city traffic.
Enter the Airstream II from Held. This glove gets a highly tactile yet super abrasion resistant palm made of perforated Kangaroo leather, which is a miracle material for this application. Like deerskin, kangaroo leather is also conductive for smart-phone use once the glove is broken in a bit.
With a sturdy dual-Velcro closure this gloves offers the best protection-per-ventilation quotient in the whole store. Vents built into the hard molded knuckle armor help direct additional airflow across the back of the hand, but even though they’ll feel like surgical gloves once broken in, they’ve still got a Superfabric-backed padded palm panel, and are lined with DuPont Kevlar and CoolMax liner.
For anyone who’s traded comfort for protection with a waterproof touring glove, wearing this glove will feel like cheating. But it’s not. It’s just one of the best summer gloves at speed we’ve ever encountered. If you want all this, plus the magcal ability to transorm into a Gore-Tex gauntlet in the same glove, check out the Air n Dry, also from Held.