Alpinestars Arctic Drystar HV Gloves
nice cold weather glove
Purchased this glove for late fall riding and hopefully a little deeper into the Michigan season. Was looking for a glove that was windproof and waterproof or close to it, w/ some insulation yet not so much to lose feel of the controls. These gloves run SMALL, order at least 1 size up from the Alpinestars size chart. I ordered the L according to chart and had to return for XL, could probably wear a 2XL but that's the problem w/ fitting using online shopping, as you can't easily try sizes, obviously. All in all the gloves are as advertised, zero wind leakage, had them on down to 50°f and were very good although this isn't cold by any means in MI. No rain yet so can't speak on that, the liner is somewhat loose inside but doesn't seem to be an issue. Good glove for the cash.
November 11, 2013
Great product but small
the gloves are great rain glove, or cold weather rideing glove. Great protection nice and warm. My only problem with them is the fit very small. i wear a medium size regular no insulation glove, i ordered a large size in these gloves because of the insulation and they a very hard to put on it takes me about 2-3 min per glove to put on. The problem is the neck of the glove is so tight it takes a forever to get the palm of my hand trough but once my hand is inside the fit perfect. They dont feel bulky at all and i have great feel of the controls unlike other rain gloves i have hade.
November 9, 2013
Good medium weight glove
These run a little small. I normaly wear a size large and decided not to follow Anthony's advice to go up a size because warm gloves tend to be bulky. They are snug but I like the extra amount of control that the tight fit gives me and figure they may break in a little after more use.
I commute over Vail Pass everyday so temps are typically less than 50 degrees at 7:30 in the morning. They keep my hands nice and warm and are bearable riding home in the afternoon when it is in the 70's. Any warmer than that and I switch to my mesh gloves. Havent had a chance to test in the rain yet.
They feel like they would help in a crash and the hi-viz gives piece of mind without being overbearing. Overall a good quality glove for the money.
June 30, 2013
keeps hands from freeezing, down to 30 F
did a ride on a 45 F day, no problem: next time out, was a 30 F day, no sun: got very cold hands within 1st 5 miles of ride.
March 18, 2013
Best cold weather glove for the money
Given the limited options for hi-vis gloves, these gloves dominate the market segment for the value. Watching the video review it looks like these gloves are rather bulky, but I was pleasantly surprised to see how thin they are. In the past I usually wear SP-1s and 2s, or Radiant Drystars. These gloves I would say split the difference in bulk.
They are a textile glove with a thin insulation layer you can feel moving in the glove when you put it on, and other than that, they feel like normal gloves. I wear a 2XL in Alpinestars, and even then, these are a bit narrow across the knuckles on me. I could feel a little tension, but not discomfort, and I know that being textile, there will not be much breaking in.
With heated grips and hand guards, I have worn these on 3 hour 25* rides with no wind or cold getting through. With the grips turned off, 45* and I still couldn't feel anything. I was a little nervous with them not being Gore-Tex brand, but I don't get sweaty, so I am very happy.
December 24, 2012
Warm and comfort gloves
Actually this glove gives nice protection from rain even without a raincoat on. The main problem is the water that concentrated at the wrist part of this glove makes your wrist wet and become wrinkled because of the design of that part. At the other hand the wrist design makes your inner part feel warm during rain and cold.
Thanks for the knuckle design that perfectly protect the back part of my hand and the goat skin material works very well and gives a nice grip. But the poor thing of this gloves is the palm slider made from soft material, I hope they will improve that part for the new one.
November 23, 2012
Colder than Expected
These were advertized as cold weather waterproof gloves.
I was really disappointed. I had been using snowmobile gloves in cold weather and at least expected these to be comfortable in 40 degree weather. Not so, my fingers got cold!
Don't buy if you are looking for winter gloves. The craftsmanship is a bit disappointing too.Don't buy. My expectations were not met. Not for the price of these.
November 12, 2012
Great gloves - too tight
I always wear a Large glove. But these are difficult to get on and very tight to the point of being less than comfortable. So, I've only worn them twice and will try them again in a few days ( I only ride long distance .)
March 5, 2012