Alpinestars Apex Drystar Gloves
Comfortable, but not waterproof
I just returned from a 2500 mile, 7-day trip through CO, NM & AZ wearing my 1st generation Alpinestars Drystar Apex gloves. On this trip we rode through everything from hot desert, high mountains, substantial rains and snows, and dirt roads. When the weather got nasty, I pulled these on and ended up with wet, freezing hands. While the construction, fit and comfort of this glove is top notch, the drystar waterproofing is not. If you want something to keep you dry and warm in dry or light drizzle conditions, these will be great, but for heavier rains look elsewhere (gore-tex).
May 21, 2016
Really good gloves!!!
The only thing I would not like is the internal of the glove, still not tested in rain but is the same material than my last alpinestar glove and they tent to get sticky when humid and that's something that not only feels really bad but also makes the golve to last less than it could cause breaks internally.
May 11, 2016
Perfect Fit | Great Purchase
Absolutely brilliant product. Fits me perfectly and provides great protection. This is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks to AlpineStars and Revzilla. The nrilliant pricing makes it a perfect deal.
May 10, 2016
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