Alpinestars Arctic Drystar Gloves
Great glove that's a little tough to put on.
I always wear Alpinestars Large gloves, they're always snug but comfortable. These gloves are no exception.The usual extraordinary Alpinestars quality. My only gripe is getting the cuff over my hand when putting it on is pretty challenging but once I get it on I can feel the controls and my hands stay warm and dry. I have worn these in rain before and as long as you keep the knitted cuff dry the glove stays dry. Once you get that knitted cuff wet, the water migrates to the rest of the inside of the glove. I find it hard to fault it for that though since it's really not a wet weather glove. If you are looking for something for wet weather, this is not your glove. Go with something that has a gauntlet style cuff.
January 26, 2015
PROS: short cuff nice because when temp gets warmer i could open zipper on sleeve to cool down not the same with gauntlet winter glove ive had before. covers sleeve zipper. .
CONS: dont like the strap across wrist on gloves. no need for them. slip on and go. when not strapped, strap flap around if not secured.guess in accident situation helpful to keep gloves from slipping off
OVERALL: no big issues. sportbike rider. good fall/winter glove. mid 30s to low 50s. anyhting higher in temp glove to warm. not bulky, feels like a summer glove..
January 19, 2015
Size and Quality
My fist size is exactly the same as Anthony's and even though he wears Large on this particular glove i did buy the XL just to make sure it fits.
It's tight when you try to push your hand through the glove where the elastic strap is and the my fingers are a bit short inside the glove.
Other than that i really love the glove, its pretty thick and perfect for winter, the design is really nice and it offers good protection (7/10 ) .
If you buy this glove my opinion is to go one size over the size chart or even two sizes up for others.
December 1, 2014
Solid Glove for Fall/Spring Riding
This is a solid glove. Just came in from riding around for a couple of hours in 50 degree temperatures and my hands feel great. I have yet to ride them below 50 degrees.
These are definitely a spring/fall below-60 degree glove for me. My hands just get sweaty in them when the temp goes any higher. When that happens, you gotta grip the finger tips tight with the other hand as you pull off the glove or the lining starts to pull out. It's not a problem when the temps are lower.
I'm wearing a medium and they're a tad snug. I have one of those hands where there's space to spare in some of my fingers, while the other two just tap the top of the glove. I might try a large next time when I look for a more robust summer glove.
Love the features. Solid construction. Nice glove.
November 3, 2014
Excellent short glove for cool and wet weather.
I've been using these for a few years now and love them. VEry comfortable and easy to use, I can easily wear them all day (and have done so on some 8 hour rides). I wish they had a bit more protection. Also, the waterproof membrane does leak in heavy rain after a few hours (I rode for 6 hours in the rain once and they were soaked) so GoreTex would be a way better choice. I also find that lining tends to pull out when taking them off, so it gets a bit hard to put them back on sometimes.
However, they are a fantastic choice when it's not very cold outside (or very warm) and I'm not riding for hours in the rain. I commute in them spring/fall almost exclusively. FOr the price I can't imagine a better glove for the season. I like short cuff gloves for shorter rides especially, easier to put on/off quickly. I use them with different jackets, and they always look good and fit and work well. THey do not offer much in terms of thermal protection, so below 10 Celsius I prefer something warmer, and I have a pair of fantastic Alpinestars GoreTex winter gloves to fit that need perfectly (and those stay dry and warm no matter what). I will buy another pair of these once the ones I have wear out, that's how much I like them.
June 9, 2014
Nice glove but not super warm
I like these gloves -- they fit pretty well, look great, and the protection seems good as well. The one issue I have is they're not as warm as I was hoping. They have "arctic" in the name, so I figured they'd be warm, but really below 45 or so degrees on the highway my fingers freeze. I'm still happy with them because for the price they're great gloves, but I was hoping for good cold weather gloves and these aren't really the answer.
March 27, 2014
the best rain gloves out there!
Comfortable, 100% rain proof, great looks, protection, perfect balance between leathers and textle for waterproof, comfrt and durability.
Even better than expected.
February 10, 2014
these are NOT winter gloves.
I originally bought these gloves because I thought it would be cool to have a mid-cuff glove for cold-weather riding. Unfortunately, these gloves don't do much to keep your hands warm at sub-40 temps. Also, putting on the glove was very awkward in the beginning because of the inner liner; it took a couple rides to get accustomed to it.
I love the looks of the glove; I also like how the wrist strap is under the hand rather than over- it's a cleaner look & more ergonomic. Luckily for me, I live in a city that's mostly in the 40-50s range all year so these gloves still have some use to me, but on chilly mornings and lengthy freeway rides, my hands are still cold & numb. I simply cannot recommend because if it only offers marginal insulation in California winter, I can only imagine how much worse these gloves would be anywhere else.
January 19, 2014