Marco (CORAL GABLES )
Boy have I been waiting for a glove like this! First some context. I'm not exactly sure whom Alpinestars had in mind when they designed this glove, but to me it screams tropical sport rider. I live in Miami, so it's hot & humid virtually year round. In the rainy season, you're pretty much guaranteed a few minutes of rain almost every day. There's a good 25-30% of the time where it's not raining, it hopefully won't rain, but it wouldn't surprise me at all if it does. In those cases I don’t want to risk damaging my non weatherproof leather gear. And like they say: Hope isn't a strategy. These gloves were exactly what I was looking for to use in a situation like that. They had all the specs I was looking for: completely waterproof with a breathable membrane, no insulation, short (but long enough) cuff, good to very good protection and touchscreen finger. The main pro to this glove is the lack of insulation. As far as I can tell, that makes this glove pretty unique. There simply doesn’t seem to be another waterproof summer glove with decent protection on the market. If there is, I haven’t found it. Don't get me wrong, most rain gloves should be insulated (and the vast majority are), but that makes them pretty unbearable in the tropics if you wear them before it's actually raining. Given how humid it is here, the less insulation the better if you don't want your hands to steam-cook. For the same reason, this glove is certainly not for everybody. It's great for chilly summer early morning or night rides, or for the pseudo-winters people around the equator get. Not so much for those riders with real cold weather. I'd say the sweat spot for this glove is the 60-80 degrees. The Drystar liner is also the big star since that's what makes it waterproof. Thankfully, it's properly bonded to the interior of the glove so it won't pull out when you take off the glove. There is a soft inner comfort liner but it is thin and most likely there only to improve comfort and let the membrane breathe better. Talking about breathing, it does so well. That's great for high-humidity areas. They are certainly not mesh gloves, but they do not get uncomfortable in the heat. Somewhat comparable to non-perforated leather gloves. That makes this glove the perfect compliment to your main perforated leather or mesh gloves since it takes away the windchill. Along those lines, since there is no insulation, this glove is really lightweight and flexible (in the good sense). Virtually identical to your typical summer gloves which make manipulation of controls identical. You don't have the typical clumsiness that goes hand in hand with the vast majority of waterproof gloves and their sausage-like fingers. The first few times removing the glove I thought the liner was pulling out only to see that the finger tips were caving in. They are that lightweight and flexible! Waterproofing wise, Drystar is no Gore-Tex, but just almost. I haven't had the chance to test it yet but I don't expect any issues. It will most likely stay dry for any situation you'd be willing to ride though in a sport bike. For voluntarily riding through heavy rain for longer periods no one would recommend a short-cuff glove anyway, so I don't think it will fall short of anyone’s expectations. The cuff, while short, is still long enough to not be a liability in its expected use scenario. Regarding the touchscreen function, it works as advertised. Alpinestars does not use the same touchscreen material in all their gloves so I never know what to expect. In this glove they use an interesting "pleather" looking material. If I didn't know it was touchscreen compatible already I would have never guessed. It certainly looks more durable than the delicate silver type fabric they used on yesteryears gloves. Kudos to Alpinestars for the material research. I do have a comment about fit though which other riders have mentioned. While this glove does have the typical euro sizing, the fingers are indeed a bit longer than normal. It is virtually unnoticeable if it werent for the touchscreen index finger, since you can feel that extra space when you go to touch the screen. Not unusable, but definitely noticeable. Given that the glove is mostly leather with some time it may tighten up a bit so I'm not worried. This isn't a con as much as it is simply a notice. Touchscreen finger aside, the wee bit of extra space helps the glove breath a bit which is nice. Protection wise it is an above-average street glove. The leather is high quality and thick. Reinforcements in all the right places, hard carbon fiber/TPU on the heel of the palm, carbon fiber knuckle, padding at the joints, Alpinestars finger bridge and even that funny TPU flap at the wrist. It isn't a race level glove (which it isn't supposed to be), but for the vast majority of street riding it's plenty good. It isn't completely leather, with some textile on the reverse in the hand, but it's all in non-impact or crucial areas. In a waterproof glove I do expect and almost prefer some textile so that's fine (easier to maintain when wet). The carbon fiber slider on the knuckles and heel is very pleasing aesthetically speaking, but plastic has been proven to be a better material for those areas so just keep that in mind. I might have liked better/bigger impact padding on the reverse of the fingers (like my Corozal gloves, perhaps) but the ones this glove has are perfectly adequate. The stretch area inside the glove seems to be a new Alpinestars staple and I think it's great. The only part I truly have mixed feelings about is the large flap at the wrist. It's supposed to provide easier donning, as well as some protection, but I'm not totally convinced. Sometimes it makes putting on the gloves underneath the jacket cuff harder (since it tries to ride on top). Overall, even though I don't love it, I can live with it in hopes of it actually providing some protection. Another nice thing about this glove, especially being a waterproof glove for less than perfect atmospheric conditions, is the blacked-out reflective material in front of the wrist and on the two outer fingertips. Barely noticeable if you are not shining a light on it, but a definite improvement for including it on a glove like this. As far as cons go, there are no blatant ones. At least none that are objectively bad or that everyone would agree on. There are things that could have been done differently, but there isn’t anything that was done poorly. Overall, I think this is most likely going to be a really nice glove, which will probably sell poorly due to a very limited type of rider who would want it. It is a niche glove. That said, the few riders who need it will certainly appreciate that Alpinestars thought of them. I certainly do.
Nate (Seattle )
I've had these for about 5 years now. I've liked them, never have been too hot or cold. But some problems. The stitching on the zipper on the front popped out after a few years. Even before the stitching broke, they aren't completely waterproof. My inner thighs get wet where they meet my tank. My crotch will also get nice and wet if its raining hard enough.
Joe (Philadelphia )
I loved these gloves since the day I bought them. I wore them for about a year. BUT at this point, almost every finger has a hole in it and the palm on both are torn. Can't even wear them. This is very disappointing. However, I will be purchasing another pair as I really do like how they look and feel. They do run a little small so order a size up.
michael (Adelaide )
Nice basic jacket, nice finish, looks great, just a little smaller than anticipated
Itai (tel aviv )
Loved it very much. Fit perfectly. I enjoy to ride with the gloves
ed (phoenix )
I purchased this support for my sons new Alpine Star jacket. I am impressed with the jacket and inserts quality, fit, and comfort ! I would highly recommend the insert for added safety at a modest price!