Alpinestars Celer Gloves
There gloves are great
These gloves are very comfortable to wear. I haven't tested the protection on them yet but they feel that they would hold up well.
June 25, 2016
Fit an issue
As a golfer I have always worn a M-Large glove. Other gloves were typically a large. When I ordered this glove I referenced the sizing chart, measured the circumference of my hand which said I should wear a Large. When it came it was obviously too small. I then ordered an XL. While it seemed tight I took a 45 minute ride and my right hand lost circulation after 30 minutes. I then ordered the XXL which fits well. I've never worn an XXL glove, but I assume Alpinestars makes this glove on the small side. Revzilla's customer service was great. Just be aware this glove's sizing runs small.
June 23, 2016
Takes a while to break in
I got these gloves after my first pair of textile gloves began to fall apart. Switching to a leather glove after using textile gloves feels pretty weird at first, you seem like you have less available hand movement to control the bike. I've ridden about 60 miles in them and they still feel really stiff compared to what I am used to. I am hoping they break in soon.
Other than the stiffness issues, the gloves seem like they are of decent quality. I bought this specific pair because I wanted a short cuffed glove that would hopefully be more durable than my textile gloves and have had luck with alpinestars products before. They seem like they would hold up well if I ever had to use them for their intended use. Lastly, I was worried they wouldn't have the greatest airflow. I've only ridden in a few high humidity days in 80-85 degree sunny weather and I didn't have any issues with that. My hands stayed relatively cool the entire time, even at a stand still.
Overall, I am pretty happy with these gloves during the few rides I've worn them on. Hopefully they actually do hold up longer than my old pair.
June 22, 2016
Best mid-weight leather for the price
I purchased a pair of these at a local dealer (needed them that day, was going out on a spontaneous group ride and I wasn't about to wear my old pair that no longer stays on my hands) and they were a little more expensive there, but that's beside the point.
Bought these to replace my SMX Air Carbon gloves that were beginning to fall apart, and I love them. They do fit slightly large, in my opinion, as I'm usually a size small and the smalls are a bit big for me. The air flow on them was a big concern for me, having moved from a more summer oriented mesh glove. I was happily surprised on my first ride with them in 95-degree Michigan humid heat, but having all the perforations in the leather I assumed it would be a bit better. It's definitely manageable, however, and this is why they earned a "good" airflow instead of "excellent". Your hands might get a bit sweaty while you're stopped, but once you get moving they cool down quite nicely.
The style and comfort of these gloves is fantastic. The knuckle protector looks badass, and the cushion underneath it is amazing. They look cool enough to let people know you're not just a commuter, but you're a weekend warrior as well. The comfort of these gloves is a god-send. Let me tell you, I've had some ungodly stiff leather gloves, even after the break-in, and these are wonderfully flexible. The insides of them are soft, and I can't feel any of the stitching poking through to irritate your hands. Overall, they don't feel like they restrict movement to much, and the integrated touch panel on the index finger was a surprise to me. I didn't even notice it until I went to use my phone just for giggles to see if the leather would work. I love the patterns they've made with the stitching/different panels, and the A-Stars logo on the pinky fingers is a nice touch. Also they fit with a jacket very nicely. I tried on a few different ones with my Joe Rocket jacket on, including some Joe Rocket gloves and nothing seemed to fit so seamlessly with the jacket as these did.
As far as protection/durability goes, we'll see how they hold up in a fall when we get there. Hopefully I never have to find out. If previous A-Stars gloves I've owned are anything to go off of, these will last a few years since all the leather on my other pairs are fine, just the mesh starting to rip from the velcro sticking to it all the time. However, the generous use of TRP on these is a nice touch especially over the wrist/arm bone. It's not something I knew I wanted until I saw it in a glove. They seem to be fairly well constructed and have plenty of stretch so they shouldn't rip or tear. The goatskin does seem a bit thinner on the thumb, but only on one glove so I'm not docking it for that, might've been stretched out from riding already.
I'd say for a glove hovering in the $100 mark, these are the best you'll find. I'd recommend them to any of my riding friends if they wanted a lighter weight leather glove.
June 20, 2016
My hands fall in between XL and 2XL so they are a tight fit. I have been wearing them for a couple days and they are stretching out and fitting better.
June 19, 2016
Great gloves for year round riding
Wanted a leather glove that was comfortable, versatile, and provided great protection. These gloves do that and more. Super comfy and have decent air flow for leather gloves. Would recommend getting the size larger as they run small. I wear a L size glove but went with the XL from previous reviews and they fit perfect. All in all, great gloves for the price.
June 15, 2016
Color me impressed.
I have owned a pair of Alpinestars winter riding gloves with carbon fiber knuckles for many years now and have gotten close to the point of needing to replace them all together, although my winter riding days are few and far between anymore.
I wanted to go with Alpinestars again because I have been hugely pleased with the comfort of the gore-tex full gauntlets I've had for a long time... These guys, a little bit of a surprise.
I had to return them once because I missed during the video intro on Revzilla that they run about a half size small. So I ended up needing an XXL instead of an XL. My hands are still snug in the gloves. The quality and thickness of the gloves gives me no worry should I end up in a wreck. The conductive index finger tips work perfectly on a touch screen phone. I think I still have a little breaking in to do, but they are great gloves, cover everything perfectly, look sharp and the ring and pinky finger bridge is almost un noticeable until you realize that it is helping you grip the controls a little better than usual.
I will definitely keep in the Alpinestars family both for size and for comfort. If these last even half as long as my winter gloves, then I'll definitely keep them as my go to.
June 14, 2016
Great gloves once they are broken in
Heavy, sturdy gloves that appear to be well constructed, as expected by Alpine Stars. Pretty stiff at first (they are leather after all) but after 6-8 hours have broken in very nicely, and are as comfortable as can be. Sizing appears to be good, but I have large palms and thin fingers which makes fit often an issue. I bought a L, and wear a L in general, sometimes a M if the material is really stretchy. These fit perfectly in the palm, fingers are half inch longer than I would like. Airflow is great for a leather glove.
June 14, 2016