Held Backflip gloves
Tested by: Phil Suriano
I should stress the swap wasn’t made for any problem with the Sambias. I was looking to try out a new set of gloves anyway and wanted a pair that would handle the hotter, more humid conditions I’d be riding in this time around, so the always helpful Ray at Made in Germany (Held’s Aussie distributors) recommended the Backflip.
Compared to the Sambia, the Backflip is more of an enduro/motocross-style glove, with light, stretchy spandex and mesh construction on the back and Chamude (a synthetic leather) on the palm. The palm is unlined, but the upper hand area does feature Coolmax material for comfort. The short cuff and single, adjustable Velcro strap attachment made the Backflip extremely easy to get on and off.
While the hard plastic on the knuckles and shock absorbing foam in the thumb offers some protection, these gloves are more about freedom of movement and feel, which I needed on this ride.
Thin enough to be very tactile, the Backflips offered great feedback through my hands, while the silicone-printed palms aided with grip. The breathability of the spandex/mesh back and ventilated finger sections ensured enough airflow to suit the hot conditions.
On a design point, the Backflip’s knuckle protection doesn’t look like hard plastic, as it’s coated in the same chamude material as the palm.
A visor wiper on the left index finger is standard, which I didn’t think I’d need on this ride, but the amount of water crossings we did meant it was extremely useful.
Priced from $85.00 RRP, the Held Backflip glove is available in black or white-accented black and sizes 6 to 12.
To order and see more from the Held range, go to: www.mig.bike