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The Messenger Drystar is a lightweight all-weather riding glove designed for the city rider. The glove is well insulated and features an elasticized, contoured wrist cuff and shock cord closure to help keep the warmth in and the rain out.
Alpinestars’ exclusive waterproof and breathable Drystar® membrane helps keep the hands dry and comfortable in all conditions.
Anti-slip palm construction improves grip on the rider’s controls.
The glove is insulated with a soft fleece liner to help keep the hands warm.
Elastic contoured wrist improves comfort.
Shock cord cuff closure helps retain warmth and keep out moisture.
Great for cool mornings!
I use these for morning rides when temps are around 40. So far they have been great. Fit is slightly smaller than my other Alpinestars gloves.
November 20, 2012
Wanted to love these
I love the look of these messenger style gloves. They have that vintage look that goes well with my bike. But I have to say I would not buy again. In fact, had I kept the tags on for the first ride, I would have returned them.
My grips are:
1) Fit - I wear Medium gloves. At the customer reps suggestion, I ordered size Large. These are almost tight. The biggest hurdle to overcome is using them. They are curved, but due to the size, it is literally a stretch to fully reach clutch and brake levers. I can do it, but it's not a natural easy movement. If the gloves don't stretch with use, I'll most likely sell at a loss.
2) Airflow -- Riding in low 50's temperature with no rain, did not keep my hands from getting cold. I can feel air moving through the gloves. I just ordered silk glove liners. If my hands don't fit with the liners into the gloves, the gloves will be sold.
I spent an extra $20 for the liners, so in theory, you should consider spending that much more and buy better gloves.
November 12, 2012
Thin and Tight
Alright, so right off the bat I should mention that I ride a cruiser (HD Street Bob) so maybe these gloves just aren't tailored for that sort of bike.
They're comfortable to wear, very soft lining, but well knit so it won't pill or fray. The snot pad is pretty awesome too. The fit is a little tight, but I've got wide hands so it may just be that, because the finger lengths for fantastic for me on the size L. I also like the sort of half gauntlet thing going on since it fits nicely under my jacket cuffs. The fabric feels highly abrasion-resistant, but there's no actual "protection" outside of that, so any significant impact is going to be a problem.
The problem I ran into was with the pre-curved hand position. It feels very natural, and the thumb is stitched in such a way so that you have a VERY hard time pulling it back once it's underneath the handlebar/throttle. This shouldn't be all that big of an issue, but for me, I wasn't able to reach my fingers out to the levers (brake or clutch) without actually taking my hand off the handle, because the thumb was just too tight.
Now, I'm not sure if perhaps my handlebars are just too thick compared to the average street bike, but for me, it was a complete deal breaker. Which is too bad because these gloves look pretty B.A. and feel very nice on the hand.
April 25, 2012
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CarloVanSexron:From what I can tell, these are 100% windproof, and they're listed as waterproof too, so I imagine the distance/temp/rain wouldn't be a problem For the record, it was about 42F in my area when I tested them, and my hands felt fine.Apr 25, 2012
atlshawn:I road in a hard downpour on the highway for over an hour - nice and dry. If it's cold that's a different issue. If you ride in the low 40's or 30's your fingers are going to be very cold unless your bike has a fairing.Oct 31, 2011
George68:I ordered large based on hand measurement and it was too small. Whatever size is recommended for 3 1/2" be sure to go at least one size larger. the guy in the video says they run a size small. If your fingers are at all thick you may want to go two sizes larger. In any event Revzilla has a great return policy.May 14, 2011
Bigboss:Large if you want some room medium if you want a tight snug fit. fingers will determine this also .Length will vary is styles. I wear a 4.5 and have enough room in the xxl . try the large with revzilla exchanges are free love these guys!May 16, 2011
GLOVE SIZING INSTRUCTIONS: Using your right hand, place a tape measure under your palm and measure from the knuckle of your forefinger to the knuckle of your pinkie finger. Note the measurement and compare it to the chart below.
2 1/8" - 2 5/8"
2 5/8" - 3 1/8"
3 1/8" - 3 5/8"
3 5/8" - 4 1/8"
4 1/8" - 4 5/8"
4 5/8" - 5 1/8"
Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.