Alpinestars Messenger Drystar Gloves (Size LG Only)
A bit disappointed
Appearance is nice and the features advertised sounded good. It took me 5 minutes just to feed my fingers through the lining that is not adhered directly to the main part of the glove. Also, it was very hard to get the gauntlet end to fit over my jacket cuff. Clearly, the size was a bit small for my fingers but not so much that it wouldn't have worked. I haven't asked if I can still return them but will be doing so now.
August 11, 2015
Finger length is short for the glove size. First time I used them I road with in an all-day rain. Water worked thru to liner after about two hours - my hands were warm enough but damp. When I removed them to pump gas liner pulled out out of fingers, making them near impossible to get back on.
June 5, 2014
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