Alpinestars Apex Drystar Gloves
I bought this glove for a winter/rain glove. I've ridden about 1500 miles with it so far in all weather, it has been waterproof so far and warm down to the high 30s. Only 2 things keeping it from being 5 stars, long breakin period and it doesn't breath particularly well. My hands start to sweat if even in the 60s, because of the lack of breathability. Other than those little complaints I am very happy with my purchase.
April 17, 2016
They're decent, not great
For $90, the gloves are fair, but not amazing in my opinion. They're quite warm, not letting too much cold air through, which is good for my 30 minute commute in sometimes 50F weather. However, compared to my alpinestars summer all-leather un-insulated gloves, they're not very tactile due to the layers, insulation, and fabric, which means I have a harder time flipping switches, opening my visor, or even just twisting the throttle (I have to grip noticeably harder). Also, there's very little leather on these gloves other than the base layer of the palm. It seems like all the other layers are fake leather, or some rubbery thing. Stitching and seams aren't the best -- I don't think they'd fall apart, but they're not as clean cut and sealed as other Alpinestars gloves I've owned.
Overall, if you're looking for gloves that are warm and functional, but not impressive in terms of build quality, these would work fine. However, I guess I expected higher quality and more genuine leather for the price.
March 24, 2016
Good product small quibbles with fit.
These have been pretty good gloves for me. I have used them in temps down to about 39 and they have done the job on 1 to 2 hour rides. (I have heated grips also). The only issue is with the fit. They are really tight to pull over the wide part of the hand, although they have loosened a little with use. Of course this depends on the individual. but even though they were tight to get the hand through, the fingers were too long, and this is a bother while operating controls with the extra material at the end of the fingers. Overall though it is a pretty good product and the fit my be better for others.
March 20, 2016
Best low-cost cool weather glove
Alpinestars makes a lot of fantastic products, many of which are used by professional racers. The apex gloves are not in that category. However, the apex are a great glove for their very low price. While really meant for late fall and early spring riding (don't take these out in sub 30 weather unless you have heated grips) instead of full-on winter, they still offer more than other gloves in this price range. You get some thermal insulation, a hard knuckle, wind and water resistance (I haven't tested if these are truly waterproof or not yet), and general A* quality. If you're looking for a first pair of cool-season riding gloves for yourself or a pillion, the apex has you covered. I will be upgrading to nicer gloves in the future, but I'll certainly keep these as a backup.
March 16, 2016
Bulkier than it appears.
I bought these to replace my Alpinestar Oslo. Those were just too bulky. These gloves are only slightly better. The offer better protection but I still have a difficult time feeling the controls. One of the seems inside of the glove was not sewn properly so I have to wiggle my finger to keep from going between the liner and the glove body. Not a huge deal. I would have returned them but didn't want to deal with the hassle and wait for a new pair. Only complaint is with Revzilla. Their free shipping takes way too long.
January 28, 2016
Good winter gloves but....
I ride in midwest and the lowest I tested this glove is at 19*F at 30 mph avg ride speed. My finger were completely cold after 15 minutes of ride. So, I know the limits of this glove. Later today, I rode at 23*F for 1 hour in city under 40 mph avg speed and at the end my finger went completely numb.
They are above average winter gloves that will protect you from moderately cold winters. I believe, they should be good for anything above 35*F at highway speeds. FYI, I never used any additional protection for my hands in the above test against wind or cold other this a* gauntlet gloves. No heated grip, no liners and no muffs.
I don't know why a* has no windproof winter gloves in their lineup. I use a* from top to bottom.
Caution: These are not windproof. So if you are looking for solid winter gloves then look for some windproof gauntlet gloves even if it is twice as expensive as this.
Other major issue is the liner material. The liner material doesn't stay in its place and I have to struggle to have my fingers into the inserts. I think it is flawed design. Read what others have to say about this liner issue before you buy.
I have attached the glove material breakdown for your reference.
January 24, 2016
Excellent cold weather gloves for the price!
I've used these gloves a few times so far this winter and I'm very happy with them. I've only ridden down into the 40s, but they kept my hands nice and warm and I'm sure they would perform well down into the 30s if I wanted to ride at those temps.
The gloves are very comfortable, I like the rubberized grips for the handlebars, and I like the hard armor on the knuckles. I was able to fit the gauntlets around the jacket cuffs, but it could use a little more room in this area.
As far as sizing goes, I'm somewhere between a small and medium depending on the gloves. I got medium for these and they fit very well and gave me enough room to put on a glove liner if I'm riding in very cold temps.
Overall, I'm very happy with the Alpinestars Apex Drystars and they will be replacing a couple older winter gloves I have from other manufacturers.
January 21, 2016
older version had to be better, right?
I have no insulated glove to compare this to. I can however tell you how it rated compared to my expectations. (I had been riding down to 40 degrees in the ICON's "summer" twenty-niner gloves)
I have size medium gloves, I also have fat and sort of long fingers and huge knuckles, but super duper skinny wrists (thanks ma). This is important because I find that, even with the wrist strap loose, the elastic around the wrist makes it very difficult to get the glove on, yet the glove fits perfect when they are on.
at this price I know its hard to beat the features
I can ride down to 25 degrees at times
it fits true to size
it does what I want
I wish the gauntlet section had more insulation
the interior liner wants to pull out as I take my hand out
Bottom line if you can still find the old version of this glove in your size, I'd bet it would be better. That's what I would have wanted. Still, this glove is probably the best in the market at this price.
January 19, 2016