Alpinestars GP Air Gloves
Decent Short cuff glove, not 100% sure about longevity
I have had these since May, and commute daily with them. The mesh material on the thumb/hand as well as the palm's leather seems to be having some wear issues. Initially I took a lighter to the lose mesh threads which seemed to do ok.
But things seem to be fraying some again. I've got Oxford heated grips with the sport texture. I'm not sure if the texture is just too aggressive for these gloves or what. Based on the wear rate I am seeing now, I am not expecting to get many years out of these.
Also, oddly, it seems to be affecting my LEFT glove more than the right one. The right one shows some wear but not like the left.
Otherwise the gloves are fine. I sized up one size and they are a tiny bit big, but I believe the next size down would be too tight. Venting is good, however my bike shields a lot of the wind to my hands.
August 25, 2014
Great Looking Glove with Nice Features
Now that I've ridden with these for a few months... :
Bang for the Buck: These are a decently priced glove that gives you great style and some nice features.
Style: One of my favorite short cuff style gloves for the looks. It has a modern design and the carbon looks great. The vent positions are all in the proper place, too.
Comfort: I ordered these in XL to get a little more room for airflow. They're very comfortable and I've ridden 4 hours straight in them without issue.
Protection and Durability: As far as protection goes the gloves seem to do what they're intended to do. I've taken large rocks to the hand while riding, bugs, and other misc. road debris without pain. The durability, however, is left in question because the glove will begin to fray on the cheaper synthetic suede material because it does not have the best anti-abrasion characteristics. The leather, plastic, and carbon pieces hold up great. There are medium hardness "strike" areas in the wrist area for impact that will be useful in a slide. The palm area has a leather slide area while the top of the hand has mesh and carbon.
Air Flow: Air flow seems to be decent. My palms do sweat a lot here in Colorado due to the altitude and dryness and so the palm leather will get hard if not properly cleaned and conditioned. There is a nice vented area for the knuckles so the top of the hand stays cool, though.
Features: The wrist closure is simple and has held up better than my previous A-Stars gloves. The fingers have the capability of using your smartphone without having to take off the glove which is nice for entering in GPS locations while stopped safely. The stretch panels and finger bridge with pre-curved fingers are definitely a nice feature, as well.
Overall I'd say these are a nice glove for someone who takes care of their gear, is looking for a short cuff, and doesn't want to step into the higher dollar S-1 glove from A-Stars.
August 4, 2014
GP Air Glove
Upgraded from the SMX2 which I had for years, nice overall glove looks good, good air flow, nice features. Runs a little snug but not bad. Would recommend.
August 4, 2014
Would recommend and buy again.
Great Gloves. I got one size larger than normal. they are very comfortable all around. they don't feel uncomfortable in the knuckles like other carbon knuckle gloves, They are well vented and keep me cool as I ride. I still have the ability to feel with my hands and I feel protected at the same time. These pair of gloves are everything they say they are.
They prevented me from burning my hand on my exhaust, the outer layer on the gloves did singe a bit. but what gloves wouldn't?
August 4, 2014
Awesome looking Glove!
Glove looks Awesome. I got the black and white to match my '14 DRZ400SM. So far gloves fit great and are very comfortable in all weather. Did have some fraying of the mesh on the thumb and hand area after only a single ride.
August 4, 2014
Feels great, Looks cool, and protects well
I heard it runs a bit small so I ordered one size larger than I usually use. Fit perfectly the first time I tried it and still fits just as well.
Like the new knuckle protector shape. It was one of main reasons I went with this glove.
August 4, 2014
Considering that i live in a very hot country, these gloves have excellent airflow which makes me feel comfortable even wearing them in sunny days
July 29, 2014
This time Look elsewhere!!
I was an Astar fan of sorts. I have the Alpinestars Viper Air jacket, the Verona WP jacket, Bionic SP Vest and I had bought the Atlas Gloves. All the jackets have held up very well over the miles. The only reason for the change in glove was to add the palm protection of the hard slider was what I was really after in a glove. However with that in mind the price point for a hard slider and added protection I wanted came with a bump in the price. Which I did not mind as my Atlas gloves started to show signs of ware after about 8k miles. I had high hopes the price gap would be not only the added protection but in durability as well. I was seriously mistaken! After the first ride, about 15 miles I already had a loose thread. Another 200 and they look as bad as my Atlas gloves do now. Most of the additional sliders and seams have threads starting to come off and fray. The synthetic palm is also showing signs of rubbing off on the grips. Quality and durability should not be in the description of these gloves. I have had $7 pants last longer than these things.
Air flow is good, had them out on a hot day(85) and they kept my hands cool. Fit is snug, followed the fitting guide. style is bang on they look cool, just wish they held up better. durability is abysmal. I do not think they will hold up in a slide. Good amount of feature protection: hard palm slider, pinky bridge, carbon all over the place.
Bottom line look elsewhere for the money they should hold up better. Perhaps Astar should spend less on carbon and more on quality.
July 17, 2014