Alpinestars Archer Gloves
Best waterproof gloves I've owned!
After using these gloves literally every day for 2 1/2 months now, for rides ranging from a 10 minutes trip down the road, to my half hour commute, to all day trips with the boys, I'm absolutely smitten.
After breaking them in, which was admittedly uncomfortable as the leather is quite stiff new, they are now nicely formed to my hand and oh-so-comfortable to wear. The accordion panels on the back of the hand and fingers enable the gloves to flex well with your hand, and I do not find them the least bit restrictive.
I cannot stress enough how big a fan I am of the Gore-Tex liner, the fact that it's bonded to the glove makes it feel like you're just wearing a slightly thicker leather glove as apposed to big, bulky winter gloves with infuriating free floating liners. The Gore-Tex itself does it's job, and does it extremely well, I've been caught in some absolutely abhorrent weather while wearing these, and while at times the rain was heavy enough for my wp jacket to begin to leak, not a single drop of water made it into the gloves, keeping my hands warm and dry and allowing me to (critically) maintain full control in some pretty god-awful conditions.
Temperature wise, I've ridden with these in temperatures as cold as 0°C (32°F) in relative comfort, my hands certainly felt a chill but not enough to cause them to start to stiffen up. But that being said, it all comes down to your personal tolerances.
Quick note on the sizing, they do run smaller than most companies' offerings, ie a medium in other brands is probably a large in the Archers, but that being said, the sizing chart was absolutely spot on for me, I followed the sizing instructions and the fit I got was perfect.
Finally, I personally love the styling of these, but recognize they aren't going to be everyone's cup of tea. The black/yellow option perfectly fits my gear set-up (black with small touches of white and hi-viz yellow).
I know I'm rambling on a bit about these gloves, but I am seriously that impressed by them. I highly, highly recommend them to anybody looking for waterproof gloves who don't want to give up the protection of leather. These were my first Alpinestars purchase and most certainly won't be my last, come the warmer months I will almost certainly be buying some GP Pro's to replace my current race-level gloves, that's how impressed I am by the Archer's.
July 20, 2016
Great finish, comfortable. It seems to offer good protection as well. At the beginning the handle was a bit tight to get through the hand, but after a few times has softened. I haven't used it in the rain yet, but the Goretex should do well. My hand circumference is 9.25 in (23,5cm); the size chart recommended the XL, but I chose the L and it served very well (maybe because I don't have fingers too long).
May 31, 2016
Race Protection meets Gore-Tex
Aside from K-Tech and more ulna protection, this is a race glove with waterproofing. The lack of liners provides excellent feel. The knuckle and fingers are ergonomic. The cuff allows for under or over the sleeve. They also look pretty badass IMO.
Since there is no thermal lining, these gloves are really for mild climates/seasons. On a cold day, the lack of direct venting protects your fingers but highways runs will freeze your fingers. On a hot day, the Gore-Tex does well, but my hands get sweaty (I sweat, can't help it). For me, the ideal temperature range for these gloves is 45-65F.
Sizing-wise, I think the gloves are very snug and the fingers are slightly short. I fit fine, but I don't consider myself to have thick or long fingers. If your fingers are long or thick, you may want to keep that in mind when ordering these gloves.
March 1, 2016
Great gloves rode in 30°F and my hand felt warm broke them in 100 miles
February 13, 2016
Great all-purpose waterproof glove
Excellent 3 season glove with amazing feel and protection in a waterproof package. Why only 3 season? It's all subjective but below 40°F my fingers are dangerously cold at the end of a 30 minute ride at freeway speeds.
The archer breathes well in the PNW summers and keeps my paws nicely dry without that annoying "glove-within-a-glove" feeling you would get from unbonded waterproofing material.
Bonus: Get the hi-viz version if you want to be sure drivers catch all your polite hand signals :)
November 26, 2015
best gloves I've had
I had a pair of Held Rainstorm waterproof gloves in the past and the liner came away from the glove itself over time. I bought these for the x-trafit and because of A-stars reputation. They were snug at first (I ride an 8 in Held gloves) and I was going to soak them and ride them to get a little more room for my fingers but after riding a few days I started getting used to the fit. I do like my gloves to be fairly tight anyway.
I love these gloves. They feel like they were custom made for my hand now. They feel incredibly solid yet don't hinder normal control of the bike at all. I've actually been riding these gloves most of the summer (though I think it's time to switch now that it's much hotter in NC - July).
The palms are soft and grippy. The layers of protection are super beefy. Incredibly solid at the outside of the hand. Very thick doubled up areas that don't hinder comfort. Hard sliders at the knuckle and outside bottom of the palm are solid but well padded so don't sacrifice comfort either.
The visor wipe is adequate and an obvious requirement for a waterproof glove. I wish more gloves had a visor wipe whether waterproof or not since it's so useful if you end up even in just a drizzle.
The leather on the back of the glove at the cuff seem obviously softer and are a really nice touch.
Expensive but worth every penny in my opinion.
July 10, 2015
The All Purpose Gloves I've Been Searching For!
1) Gore-Tex X-Trafit is awesome! This glove feels like a regular leather glove and grants you the same level of tactile feedback
2) Lots of good race level features including palm slider, cowhide construction, knuckle sliders styled after A Stars' race gloves, finger bridge, and others. Hi-Viz version looks cool and matches my GT-Air
Could Do Better:
1) Some gloves have beefier protection for the little finger e.g. distortion control and hard parts but you do get the finger bridge and an extra layer of cow on the Archers.
Finger bridge is cool and doesn't really impair your level of control like I was worried it might. Sizing for me goes against all the advice I've seen or heard. These gloves fit true to size for me and NOT one size small. I am a Large in Dainese, Racer, and others and a Large Alpinestars Archer fit me best. Expect some break in as well if they feel stiff at first. The level of feel and feedback from these gloves is similar to a 4 Stroke EVO glove I had tried previous, with Archer has the added benefit of being waterproof! So far I've only tried these gloves in 59-63 degree weather (perfect for a San Diego winter) and they have kept my hands pretty warm considering I don't have grip heaters or handguards and I have bad circulation in my hands. I have yet to try these in hot weather but you seem to get decent airflow so my guess is these will still be comfortable in the high 70s to 80s maybe higher
May 7, 2015
Good Quality but at a price
I have just completed a 10,000km trip over the past two weeks covering temperatures from -2 C to 32 C wind, rain and all in between so I feel reasonably safe in having a good idea of what these gloves can and can't do.
Firstly, the fit, yes they are small and anyone with a largish hand should try before you buy, luckily I have a pair of AStars so I had a size to go off, otherwise I would have ordered one size too small.
The thumb is slightly long but fingers and across the hand fits great.
Comfort is outstanding, I wore the gloves day in and out for 10-12 hours a day, very comfy all day, except when it was really cold ie under 6 C or hot ie over 27 C when I changed to the other gloves I had with me.
Feel is great, I could easily access most things like zips, keys even helmet straps with the gloves on.
Cost is fairly high and you can get gloves that do the same job, but not as much protection or feel, all in all a bloody good glove, never let a drop of water in and keep hands at a good temp for most conditions. I think they look pretty good too...
July 22, 2014