Alpinestars Arctic Drystar Gloves
Great gloves, some minor nitpicks
Great gloves, confidence-inspiring. I like to tuck my gloves in under my jacket sleeve and these fit the bill. I've been wearing these in 5 degree Celsius weather (about 40 F) so far and my hands are super warm.
The look (minimal logo placement, which is what I like) is great.
One nitpick: I would have liked to see the inner liner welded. When the weather is a bit warm and my hands get some sweaty, the inner liner tends to stick to the fingers so they tend to come out of their "pockets" when I take the glove off. I have to pinch and pull each one of the fingers from the outside. Suggestion for the next version maybe.
October 29, 2012
Slightly bulkier than I like, but good
Love these gloves, really do. A little bulkier than I like, but I don't like any bulky gloves, and if you want some water/cold protection, aside from using liners, you have to deal with some bulk.
The look and fit are excellent!
July 17, 2012
You can do better than this glove
I was excited about receiving these gloves, but the excitement turned to disappointment. The gloves are small fitting, and not particularly well constructed. On the hand they felt thick and awkward. They gloves are not particularly warm on the highway, they definitely fall short of the "Arctic" name.
You can do better for the money than this glove.
March 19, 2012
I have recently purchased these gloves, so I have not tested them thoroughly, but they have performed well so far. I tested them out on a morning commute at 35 degrees, and my hands were bearably warm. (I am not sure that anything short of a large gauntlet or heated glove will keep you totally warm at 35 degrees and 55 mph.) My only complaint is the rigid knuckle guard rubs on the top of my throttle hand some after a little while. This may be just a sport bike problem, because of the rider position. I have not tried them on my cruiser yet. The gloves fit slightly small. I wear Lg in some, and XL in others, and the XL was definitely right for me. Overall, these are great gloves, and do what they are designed for. They are a lot less bulky than many of the other winter gloves, and I love having a warm glove without a huge gauntlet. (The cuff mates up with my Technic Sprint jacket perfectly) There is room enough to wear a small glove liner underneath if you really want to be warm.
February 6, 2012
Great Styling and Craftsmanship
I was looking for a stylish, short cuff, gore-tex winter glove for my daily 15min commute in 30-50degree weather. These gloves work perfect for just that. Any longer than 15min in 40degree weather and my hands begin to get pretty cold. It could be due to the snug fit. I am a medium in most gloves, but for winter a bit roomier glove will actually help keep heat insulated.
Overall an extremely stylish glove with the great attention to detail you'd expect from Astars that works best for shorter distance rides. If interested in these gloves I'd recommend going up a size.
January 16, 2012
Great Spring/Fall Glove
I purchased this glove to extend my riding season and so far it is exceeding expectations. Personally, I didn't want an over-the-cuff type of winter glove, or a glove that felt like I was going skiing. In 30 degree weather, I am able to ride for 30 minutes before my hands start feeling cold. Definitely fulfilled my requirements.
December 19, 2011
You would think that 40 degrees would be OK for this type of glove, but it is not. My hands stung badly after 45 minutes of riding yesterday.
The over-molded hard PU knuckle protection gets very cold and transmits this cold to your hands. Poor design. The RH knuckle protection is mounted forward of the left, so i digs in my fingers when I open my hand. Construction and finish are not that great either. Save your money on this one...I wish I did...
November 21, 2011
Warmth is excellent at 40F. with handguards. Could easily be effective at 30F. Too warm for 50F. Haven't had a chance to try the waterproof feature yet. They seem to be very windproof, also.
My XL size fits a bit small. (I have a couple other pairs of XL sized gloves for comparison.) They're workable, but hopefully they just need broken in a bit for better comfort. I think an XXL would be way too big for me.
Love the expanded cuffs. They seal up well in my jacket sleeves. (I'm not a fan of guantlet cuffs.)
Quality seems good and I think they'd provide good protection.
October 3, 2011