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How many products, motorcycle related or otherwise, can you name that have stayed on the market and remained competitive for more than five years? How about eight? That’s what the original Held Phantom managed to do. They’ve been winning awards and comparison tests since 2005, but that run has come to an end with the release of their successor - the Held Phantom II.

The Held Phantom II retains the full kangaroo leather construction of the original, which makes it surprisingly flexible and lightweight considering how beefy they look at first glance. The inherent lightness of the kangaroo means that more protective elements can be added without making the Phantom II feel restrictive. Other features that go relatively unchanged from the original are the Kevlar lining on top of the hand, special stepped seams on the fingers for an unobtrusive feel, and stingray leather on the palm. Stingray leather is incredibly abrasion resistant and acts as a slider on the heel of the palm. Held had an excellent starting point with the original Phantom, but that doesn’t mean they only gave a fresh look to the old features. Many brand new elements were added to the Phantom II.

Starting at the fingers, the Phantom II’s use a material called Superfabric on the knuckles of the pinky, ring and middle fingers. This is backed by Kevlar and shock absorbing foam for even more protection. Each of the first two fingers also have been given flex panels for easy manipulation of your controls while on the bike. Above the fingers on the back of the hand is a brand new, multi-layer knuckle protector. It uses a titanium slider that is seated in a molded TPU base, with thick, energy absorbing foam underneath it all. It not only protects, but it does so very comfortably. The wrist is guarded by a similar, layered armor scheme. The difference here is that instead of titanium, it is Superfabric that provides the first line of defense.

The Held Phantom II is very well rounded gauntlet that provides some of the best protection available, excellent comfort, and a very supple feel. It is definitely a worthy successor to the long-running Phantom, and you can get your own pair from Riders Discount by getting in touch with MIKE through this forum, or by calling 866.931.6644 ext. 804. You can also feel free to send an email to FORUM at RIDERSDISCOUNT dot COM and we’ll get back to you right away!

The new Held Phantom II gloves sell for $289.99 and come in White/Black (shown), Black, Hi-Vis Yellow/Black, and Red/White/Black.




A full Kangaroo palm is light, flexible and abrasion resistant. Stingray leather and energy absorbing foam provide protection for that crucial impact zone on the heel of the palm.




The new knuckle protector features a titanium slider that is seated in a molded TPU base, with thick, energy absorbing foam underneath it all. The large vent at the back of it works together with perforations between the fingers and on the back of the hand to allow for air circulation.




The fingers are guarded by layers of Kangaroo, Superfabric and energy absorbing foam. The first two fingers have also been given flex panels for easier manipulation of the controls while on the bike.




Superfabric runs up the wrist and works with the Stingray on the palm to protect the entire side of the hand.




Side wrist closures are both comfortable and keep things secure.




A look inside the Held Phantom II. The top of the hand is lined with Kevlar, while the bottom is unlined for the best feel possible.


 

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Here’s a look at the Held Phantom II gloves in all black. We’ll be bringing you photos of the other available colors (Red/White/Black and Yellow/Black) soon as well.


 

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Looking for a pair of Held Phantom II gloves, but don't want them in either of the grayscale options? Here's the Red/White/Black.

Remember, these gloves are not yet listed on our website. You can order a pair by calling MIKE at 866.931.6644 ext. 804, or by sending an email to FORUM at RIDERSDISCOUNT dot COM.




 

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Held excels at many things when it comes to the production and design of their products, but one thing that stands out is their attention to detail. This stereotypically German approach to design is apparent when you take a closer look at the Phantom II gloves. Here's an up close and personal look at just a couple of features to show you what we mean.


Held's stepped seams are a great solution to pressure points on the fingers. They are very strong, yet you can barely feel them.




Perforations between the fingers are large and allow more air to flow through to your hand than you might expect.


 
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