Alpinestars Stella SMX-2 Air Carbon Gloves
Good gloves for summer riding
I purchase these on 08/17/14 and received them on 08/22/14. I usually wear a size small in gloves but after reading the reviews I decided to order a medium. The gloves fit great except for the thumb. The thumb has about a 1/4 inch of extra length than I need. The gloves fit is great except for that. I will say that they are for riding on warm days only. They have great airflow which is awesome when its hot but not so much when its cold. I don't really ride when its cold so not a huge deal for me.
October 8, 2014
After looking around and trying out many different gloves I settled on these and they are definitely the best bang for buck. Highly recommend them.
October 1, 2014
Non-Frilly, Grippy, Durable, Comfy Gloves for Women. Yes!
I recently needed to replace a pair of summer gloves, and I wasn't looking forward to the task. I have wee hands, so finding gloves that don't make my fingers look something like those of the Grinch can be hard. It's also hard to manage a clutch when you have up to 1/2" of empty glove finger to contend with. As a result, my gear closet is littered with the bodies of discarded gloves I thought would work for me, but didn't. I put off shopping for a year, until a hole appeared on one of the fingers of the aforementioned summer gloves. I had some TeamZilla Cash, so I turned to RevZilla.
I scoured the pages and read reviews. While I normally go for gauntleted gloves, I was drawn to the Women's Alpinestars Stella SMX-2 Air Carbon Gloves. They looked good. Specifically, they are women's gear available in a color that isn't obnoxiously pink or pastel, nor does it have a rose on it. Even better, the reviews stated they are comfortable and durable and, well, everything I would expect from Alpinestars.
Due to my wee handedness, and numerous cautions that these gloves run small, I actually used the provided size table, and I'm glad I did. Seriously, use the size table. I'm not even joking. I usually wear a women's medium glove, and the gloves I ordered are a women's small.
The gloves arrived before they were expected, and I immediately tried them on. They were snug. Really snug. Since I knew my fingers would rarely, if ever, be straight while on the bike and wearing the gloves, I curved my hand to riding position. Not bad, but how much flexibility would I have with the throttle, brake, and clutch? Dare I wear the gloves outside and place them on the grips? RevZilla's return policy is, basically, "If you even look at your bike while wearing gear you ordered from us, you cannot return it." I carefully laid my hands on the grips and gripped. Then I squeezed the clutch and front brake. Success! My hands were comfortable.
I've been using the gloves for a couple of months, and they've stretched a bit, but not too much. They are extremely comfortable on the bike, but on very hot days getting them off takes a bit of effort. By "effort," I mean, "front teeth on finger tips and a slight tug." Disclaimer: I live in a concrete swamp. Our hot days include oppressive humidity that makes 94 degrees feel like a 107-degree wet sauna. In high heat/humidity and even in the rain, the leather dye has yet to run and discolor my hands.
One thing I noticed about the gloves was how well they grip the...um...grips. I have actually accidentally blipped the throttle a few times. This is not a slam on the gloves. It's an observation aimed at those who, like me, didn't realize they were maybe gripping too tightly. In the long run, I believe I actually have more control over the bike.
So, in a nutshell -- The gloves are great, and I totally recommend them. Just remember: Use the size chart. Better yet? Believe the size chart.
September 29, 2014
I got these to wear with my Alpinestars Stella T-GP Plus R Air Jacket and they look great. I got a size small and noticed that the fingers a little bit long. That's probably because I have unusually small hands though. The XS fit me right but I decided to have some slack and went for a bigger size. It definitely helps to try them on though.
September 28, 2014
Feels nice, but awkward fit.
After reading reviews, I measured my hands and fell between a M and a L. Since everyone says they run small, I went with the large. The gloves look really awesome and feel like they would feel amazing, if not for the awkward fit.
My index, middle, and ring fingers fit perfectly. My pinkies have almost and entire inch of extra fabric to them, and the thumb has about 1/2 an inch extra, with a bit of weirdness in the "webbing" area. This "weirdness" leads to some bagginess in the fit of the palm. I ended up tightening the wrist closure about as tight as it would go, so it makes a bubble of extra fabric at my thumb webbing.
I would just go up a size, but most of my fingers fit perfectly and I worry that a medium would end up being too small for them and make the thumb webbing area oddly restrictive. It's hard to explain the thumb part and why it's odd. It's too big but something about its construction feels a little restrictive.
Additionally, the pinkie joint guard on the left hand rubs really bad in certain positions. I assume it's because my pinkie is so much smaller than it.
I figure I just have really weird hands and don't want to tell anyone *not* to purchase these gloves, but if you have tiny fingers, definitely consider how that may affect the fit. If you can try them on somewhere before ordering, definitely do so!
I'm still going to use them, as I really don't want to wait forever for exchanged gloves that may be uncomfortably tight. The knuckle guard feels really nice and protective, and there is excellent airflow between your fingers.
August 27, 2014
My left hand, no problem, I am five two and have smallish hands and feet. The smalls were very baggy at the fingertips, so I went with the extra smalls. The gloves cut off circulation in my right hand only and where the pinky has the little protective plastics it cuts into my knuckles.
They are wonderful LOOKING gloves but that's about it.
July 6, 2014
Alpinestar looks and feels great. Although a little uncomfortable at first, only took about a week to break it in. Works great. Also matches my Alpinestar jacket :D
June 16, 2014
Run a bit small, but good overall
A nice pair of gloves. They run a bit on the small side for their width compared to their finger length. You will find you have a bit of material in the fingers unless yours are very long.
Construction seems good, but the velcro around the wrist can agitate and rub against the skin if not fastened "flush".
June 7, 2014