Alpinestars Arctic Drystar HV Gloves
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
Decent gloves but not great for cold weather
I normally wear size XL in Alpinestars gloves, and this fits true to form. However, it is tight getting my hand in the glove where the cuff meets the wrist.
I've ridden in 22 to 37 degree temps, and my fingertips always get cold rather quickly (even with liners in the 22 degree weather). For me, this is definitely more of an upper 30s to mid 40s kind of glove (I marked air flow as poor because it probably lets too much in).
February 20, 2012
Great fit, style, and comfort. Not exactly an Arctic glove, in between a summer and cold winter glove.
This high visibility yellow glove has a great look and feel. It is very comfortable and offers much protection. However, I would not say it is true cold weather glove. Somewhere between summer and winter. It does the trick in Seattle during the fall and spring months where we usually have mild winters.
January 23, 2012
Good cold weather and high vis
The glove sizing was good (at least consistent with that of the other Alpinestars gloves that I have). The model is comfortable and protection is good. I like the pinky finger leather wrap. Not sure that I would call it 'Arctic' but certainly warm enough in moderate cold weather (like 50F), have not tested them any colder. I like the high vis option of this glove - unique styling from what I have seen. The wrist straps are quite secure and the glove cannot be pulled off when the straps are on. The short cuff is comfortable, it is a bit tight with the leather jacket cuff zipper closed, but this depends on the rider's jacket choice. I've not experienced any discomfort or sweating in the gloves. Have not used them long enough to rate the durability, have not crashed in them to rate the protection, but the gloves certainly feel high quality and the protection seems reasonable for the style.
December 26, 2011