Here at Honda of Bournemouth, we love Held. And we would like you to understand why…
Our love for the German brand increased when we sent Paul, the service manager, on one of our regular ride outs wearing the Cadora jacket and Manero trousers to test them out. The ride out went through most of wales and finished in the Snowdonia National Park. The Snowdonia area is best known for 2 things; gorgeous views and horrendous rain….
We had both.
Over the 3 day trip the first day was fantastic and we couldn’t ask for anything more, we had twisty’s, views and a pack of Honda’s. However on the second day that changed.
It was WET.
The term torrential rain doesn’t do the rain justice. It was possibly the worst rain Paul has ever ridden in. But importantly by the end he was still bone dry.
Held Cadora Gore-Tex Pro Jacket
Held Manero Gore-Tex Pro Trousers
So what makes Held Cadora/Manero gear so special? What’s the USP of the product?
Well, it is basically the best gear you can get from Held. Literally, the best.
Both top and bottom feature a Gore-Tex Pro membrane. So yes, it is Gore-Tex, so what does it make it so different from the other jackets of the brand, and why is it the best? Well, because it is Gore-Tex Pro! The jacket and trousers have been made so that the Gore-Tex membrane is part of the outer shell, not on the inside. That means that the jacket won’t get wet. The water won’t even go inside of the jacket, it will just run through. That makes it the best comfortable jacket you can get. You don’t have to worry about getting your gear dry for next time you are on the road, and you just have to “shake yourself” at the end of your day riding and that’s ALL, you are done looking after it! Brilliant isn’t it?!
That is the main reason why one of our good customers decided to get the gear. He had enough of being soaked after 2 hours in the rain, even with Gore-Tex material. He could not get any better than that.
Ok, so now that the main feature has been highlighted, what else do you get for your money? Well, there is a removable thermal lining that will keep you warm while riding. You’ll also find some air mesh panels at the back to keep you ventilated for warmer weather.
Obviously, the external pockets are waterproof thanks to the Gore-tex membrane. You’ll find 7 inner pockets, plenty of space to carry your stuff while riding, and even a mobile phone pocket!
You can adjust the jacket at the waist and on the arms and there is a soft collar that certainly adds to the level of comfort.
The shoulders and elbows are CE-approved Held SAS-TEC (if you don’t know what is SAS-TEC, keep an eye on the blog as we will soon write about that). You can also upgrade the jacket with a full length CE-approved back protector that can be inserted in the jacket. Reflective areas on the jacket (as well as the trousers) are a great bonus for this gear. It comes only in black so thanks to this feature, you will be able to be seen at night.
You can connect the jacket to the trousers thanks to the connection zip. The only downside we could find with this gear is that the trousers do not come with the braces, but they are available as an accessory.
So, in practice: Paul and one of our customers used the gear for a three day trip to Wales. It hammed down for 2 full days and they were both dry at the end.
There is no hiding the price of the gear, but if you are a commuter, a seasoned tourer, if you use your bike all-year around and have had enough of wet gear or if you fancy getting the best of the best, well look no further! This is the kit for you! And you will not find anything better. You can get the full gear at Honda of Bournemouth (Jacket £549.99, Trousers £459.99).