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    November 28, 2012
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Held Sambia Gloves The Sambia is a dual/sport or ADV glove, featuring Kangaroo leather on the palm, hard knuckle protection, light breathable nylon material on back of hand. Outer Shell Highly abrasion-resistant tactile kangaroo leather palm Spandex (95 polyamide, 5 elastane) Colorfast sweat-proof Comfort/Features Velcro system on the cuff Mesh on top of glove and fingers Perforated finger layers Protection Knuckle protection by hard plastic shells Reinforcement on the edge of the hand with Superfabric
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
great feel - awkward cuff
PostedJuly 5, 2014
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bmiller
From Raleigh
State:NC
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
I really like a few things about these gloves. The kangaroo leather is awesome as is to be expected. The feel is great. The protective features are excellent as well in keeping with Held standards (I own the discontinued Rainstorms - which I love except for the waterproof membrane that slides around inside the glove).
I ended up returning these for two reasons.
1.) For some reason I thought the pictures showed a wiper blade (obviously my fault for not checking the full feature list)
2.) The cuff closure is an awkward triangle piece. Not saying this is 'bad' for everyone it just feels less solid. It feels like it's less closed over my hand and it's just a bit awkward to strap down.
No, I do not recommend this product.
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 Dainese Theodore D-Dry Jacket
Dainese Theodore D-Dry Jacket
Dainese Theodore D-Dry Jacket With a modern sports look, Theodore has been designed to accompany the daily riding of young and dynamic riders in search of fashion content at no expense to functional features like the breathable, waterproof D-Dry membrane laminated to the outer fabric that creates an excellent waterproof seal and breath ability with quick drying in case of rain. Elevated comfort and fit are always assured by the ergonomic cut, the adjustment possibilities for the sides and cuffs and the waist elasticated inserts. Safety is ensured by homologated protectors, the back protector insertion possibility, and reflective inserts. Features Composite protectors certified to EN 1621.1/97 Standard Reflecting inserts Removable Hood Internal pocket Abrasion and tear resistant material High-tenacity polyamid fabric Waist adjustment Wrist volume regulator Breathable waterproof D-Dry membrane External fabric with water-resistant treatment Removable thermal liner Waterproof pocket on front strip Pocket for G1 or G2 back protector ZLA Note Production model sleeve cuffs are represented in video model.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Great looks. Odd functionality
PostedNovember 28, 2012
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bmiller
From Raleigh
State:NC
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Features 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
Love Dianese in general - one of the few companies that seem to be making an effort to create protective motorcycle stuff that doesn't look like protective motorcycle stuff. I get that functionality requires certain things but saying it necessitates sacrificing form is just lazy in any industry.
The Theodore looks awesome. One of few jackets that I'd feel comfortable wearing off the bike into an atmosphere that wasn't a bunch of riders (out to meet friends, dinner, work, etc....). I love that it's longer than most moto jackets (if you don't ride a sport bike, having a short coat doesn't seem to be a necessity and just makes you look weird off the bike so it's frustrating to me that so many coats are either short or awkwardly long like a touring jacket).
The armor in the theodore seems to be standard Dianese. Well designed to appear low profile. Nothing chunky or bulging. Had a Rev' It airwave and the shoulders were super boxy looking and made the jacket something I'd never wear so I returned it. I really like the way Dianese does their elbow armor - it extends down the forearm quite a ways.
A few things seem to be missing. There aren't any vents at all on the jacket. Underarm vents and something along the front would get the jacket higher into the temperature range. Also missing is a zipper to connect the jacket to pants. I realize the jacket isn't meant to be very technical but the zipper for pants seems like it'd be trivial to add and allows a rider who doesn't want to dress like a commuting motorcyclist to still be a commuting motorcyclist with a touch more style and with the safety of knowing their jacket wont ride up in a slide and will keep them drier in a downpour.
Also of note is the collar. It's just bizarre. I'm not sure how Dianese arrived at the construction here but it's very wide and doesn't close around the neck at all. It allows a ton of air to circulate into the jacket which might be a nice feature if it were an intentional option and not something that you have no control over. The zipper also stops at the top of your sternum and because of the odd shaped loose collar, the flap allows air to flow here at speed. Not a great feature in a cold weather coat that's also meant to be waterproof.
All in all, it's a great looking, protective coat with a weird collar and some oddly missing features. A couple tweaks and it could be a legitimate piece of motorcycle gear that ALSO looks awesome.
No, I do not recommend this product.
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