Alpinestars Stella SMX-2 Air Carbon Gloves
Good overall glove
I messed up my measurements somehow and based on other reviews I bought a size LG, which was way too big.
My measurements were actually closer to 3 inches, so I was a size Small based on the chart. I also went to a store to physically try them on, so for me size S fit fine, perhaps slightly snug.
I did not test ride these gloves.
I did not end up keeping it because I decided I wanted gauntlets instead of short cuff gloves. However, I did like the overall feel and features of the glove and would've kept it if it were gauntlet style.
April 6, 2015
Good glove for the price
Bought these gloves for my girlfriend as a Christmas present. They fit, look, and breathe great. I'd imagine they'd provide substantial protection for the price. Also she says the material can feel a little scratch.
March 9, 2015
Decent glove for the price
After quite the rigmarole of finding a women's glove that fits and isn't pink/purple I landed on the Stella SMX-2. Good glove, fits a little small which then leads to the pinky protector rubbing your finger a little bit - but they do seem like they'll stretch out after some use. (If the snow ever melts!) The palm protection is a little lacking, but knuckle and finger protection is great! Air flow is satisfactory.
March 2, 2015
Great gloves, just too small
I tried on the same gloves in a store and took the picture of it to make sure I ordered the exact same ones. According to the store and the size chart I should have gotten a small, but I had to return them because they were clearly too small for my hand (across the knuckles, my hand is just under 3"). On the bright side, the return process is a breeze. Otherwise, they were really nice gloves. Can't wait until I get the right size and try them out.
January 21, 2015
Love these gloves.
Love these gloves. I am on my second pair having crashed in my first. When I first got the gloves they were a little tight on fingertips but after a ride or two they loosened up. Extremely comfortable and fit my hands perfect. Held up extremely well in both accidents Ive been in. had a small tear in one glove on pinky in first and not a scratch in second one. Because of these gloves im converting to all alpinestar gear.
December 4, 2014
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