Alpinestars Polar Gore-Tex Gloves
Warm but stiff
I have the A* Masai gloves in XL for summer riding, but they were pretty tight initially so I got these in 2XL as Anthony suggested going up a size on them. There is a bit of room in the fingertips, but I think they would be too short if I got them in XL.
I don't think these have much, if any pre-curve to them. After my first ride (taking the gloves out of the box and rolling) my hands were sore and cramped from having to force the glove around my controls.
There is a little spike on the pad of both index fingers that is only good for pressure touch screens like GPS units and **WILL NOT WORK ON SMART PHONES** I'm considering filing down the spike and modifying it to work on smart phones.
The gloves are warm and feel very protective, but I'm hoping they break in and aren't as stiff.
October 21, 2014
Another great alpinestars product. Noticeable difference between alpinestars and the other products out there. The gloves fit rather tight being a European brand (normally an xl and ordered an xl) Not sure if they break in or not but they are rather stiff. Gloves are not hard to pull over with gloved hand. They do provide good protection for 40 degree weather. Not sure after that. Quality is excellent and look great.
April 18, 2014
Great insulation and comfort
I received these gloves as a Christmas present this year and am incredibly happy with them so far. They feel very durable and, god forbid I go down, I feel these gloves offer a lot of protection. Sizing was a little tricky. I measure 4" by the size chart, but have a very long palm and long fingers, measuring 8 1/4" from bottom of my palm to the tip of my middle finger. So I got an XL and it fits great. And I live in the pacific northwest and have ridden in several 20-30 degree days so far for hours at a time and haven't felt the least bit chilled at all. Great gloves, I would definitely buy them again. Hope this review helps
January 6, 2014
i ordered a size MD based on the alpinestars sizing chart and it seems that my hand fills it near perfectly. however, being an EU glove, when i close a fist there are pressure points against my knuckles and pinky finger. pay attention when anthony says to go a size larger.
overall the glove performs as it should. the fingers are the weakest point on any glove, and as such, do not keep your fingertips warm, especially when you squeeze the handlebar for grip, pushing blood out of your fingertip and subjecting the flesh to get cold. the rest of the hand is completely invincible to the cold. it is helpful to flex your fingers open often as this allows warm air to flow from the palm of the glove into the fingertips, and throwing in a pair of hand warmers inside the gloves should prove to nearly eliminate the effects of the cold. i often ride around with my pinkies extended like holding a teacup to keep them warmer. i took the gloves on a short ride through 16°F and only my fingertips felt any of the cold.
i rated the bang for the buck at 3/5 because they are $170, which seems a fair price, which means every feature the glove offers, you pay for. it's a fair deal, not a steal of a deal.
the styling is excellent and it almost looks like a summer glove at first glance. the 3/4 gauntlet fits snugly into my jacket cuff.
comfort is 4/5 because it feels really secure and warm, except for the tightness when closing a fist as mentioned before since it is a EU glove.
the protection and durability seem to be excellent considering the leather palm and carbon fiber armor, considering a lot of winter gloves are made only for temp with no consideration towards armor.
air flow is rated lowest as it should be. it flows zero air.
features are rated 3/5 because it does have gore-tex and offers a pair of useful index-finger styluses, but i couldn't figure out what part of the left glove was supposed to be the facescreen wiper. both hands look identical. it would have gotten a 5/5 rating if the glove had an actual squeegee wiper down the length of the index finger or something.
December 10, 2013
Snug, and thermal protectiong severally lacking
Purchased last night after taking the recommendation of the local Moto shop from the 'street expert'. Stated that these gloves are good down to 10 degress since he rode with them on a all day ride. Perhaps he's got ice in his veins and he's use to alaskan weather. I rode from home to work (17 miles) @ 5:30 in Ventura County. Checked the temp at home and work and they both read 43 degrees. Hands very cold and tips were numb. In addition, felt the the majority of bulk on the gloves is on the top, they felt very snug (which they should) but I did not find them that comfortable. While you can get one hand in reasonably well pulling on the elastic cuff with the ungloved hand, once that hand is gloved you will have a tougher time trying to get the ungloved hand fully encounced since you have to pull the elastic cuff now with your gloved hand. Very dissapointed with the performance of this glove and will return to the local shop and look at what Revzilla has to get er done.
December 9, 2013
Great cold weather glove
Bought this glove especially for its gore-tex membrane. The glove is worm and i have been riding with it in heavy rain and stayed dry.
At first, the gloves felt very stiff. i couldnt move my fingers or hold the bars. After a week of braking them in a little, the stiffness weakened and they got very comfy.
I have the A-stars SMX-2 summer gloves, and based my XL size on them. This glove was true to size and the XL ordered fit perfectly.
Great price for a fully waterproof, warm glove.
December 8, 2013
this is not a 3 season glove
Knowing that last week would be cold and wet I have decided to make the investment in a good pair of warm and waterproof gloves. Wednesday morning I departed NY for DC in a good bit of rain, I was very impressed my hands stayed dry and warm, this was at 50F. Leaving the city the temperature quickly started to drop quickly to below 37F. 1 hour into my ride my fingertips were freezing, this was unbearable but since I did not have any other gloves with me I had to wait this out for the 5 hours. At least my hands stayed dry.
I thought this might only be because if the rain and cold combination but driving back Saturday, in the dry and still no warmer that 37F I had the same problem of freezing fingertips within 30-45 minutes. Since it was not raining I could play around and find out why my fingers were freezing. I have found as long as I don’t close my hand the gloves stay warm, the moment a bend my fingers I could feel the cold air coming in through the tips.
I’m very disappointed in these gloves and have wasted $169, based on the review I expected that these would have lasted met good into December or even January. This is NOT is a 3 season glove, it will be too warm for summer, and now in fall they are already not doing the job.
December 2, 2013
Do not work at 40 degrees and highway speeds
I had my first actual test of the gloves over the weekend and I am very disappointed. In and around town at speeds of 45 mph these gloves seem to work. Once I reach speeds of 55 mph or greater my fingertips started to freeze. Absolutely not worth the 170 bucks. They also have a snug fit. I normally wear a size large and ordered the X-large as suggested. Fitment wise the X-large works, but squeezing the grips on my bike is difficult and they are not as sporty as I thought they would be. All in all I feel as if I wasted 170 bucks on a pair of uncomfortable gloves that do not keep my hands warm...
November 25, 2013