Alpinestars Tech Road Gore-Tex Gloves
Amazing winter gloves
They're a little stiff at first (took a few days of riding to break them in) - and they run a little big - but these are amazing gloves for winter riding.
The wind protection is near perfect. The tabs on the wrist closure and gauntlet zippers are a nice touch. The gauntlets are a little narrow, so if you have thick cuffs on your jacket, you might have a tough time getting these over them even when the zippers are wide open.
Well-built and comfortable. Really happy with these.
November 25, 2013
Nice gloves, a bit snug fitting, reasonable for northern California's winters.
I bought these for the harsh northern California winter - temperatures down in the mid-40s usually. On their own, they're fine for an hour or less at that temperature then my hands start getting a little chilly.
Sizing is way off. The size chart said I was right on the line between a medium and a large, so i got a large. They're borderline. One or two of my fingers are right at the end of the glove, and the wrist closures (when not velcroed) are very snug, making it an effort to get the gloves on and off.
November 18, 2013
I tried 5 gloves on, these were the best.
I was looking to buy either these (ALpinestars Tech Road Gore-Tex), Rev'it! Alaska GTX, Rev'it! Phantom GTX, Dainese Scout EVO and the KLIM Element Long gloves. I live in northern California, so it doesn't get terribly cold up here, but it does rain a bunch in the winter months and the coast can get chilly even in summer. I have heated grips and brushguards on my BMW GSA. With that being said, I eliminated the Dainese Scout EVO right away. They looked, felt and reminded me of a ski glove with some armor protection in the knuckle and a little on the fingers. Nothing really special. Pretty slick looking for a ski glove, and I might have considered it more seriously if I lived in Michigan or Minnesota and was riding in the wintertime. They were simply too warm for Norcal. Next I eliminated the KLIMs. I had high-hopes for this glove, I wanted to like it, but the fit and finish didn't warrant the price. The Alpinestars were far better in terms of features, both safety and comfort, and the Alpinestars have more bonuses (the soft snot patch, the gps pointy things on the fingers, and the overall protection was better. And the Alpinestars were $10 cheaper than the KLims!) Next I eliminated the Rev'it! Alaska GTX. The Alaska GTX is the same thing as the Phantom GTX except more bulky/heavy/insulated. Like the Scout EVO, it was a little overkill for the climate I was riding in. The Rev'it! Phantom...I had a hard time sending those back. Beautiful glove, well made, felt great, looked great. Had great safety features, but when you compare it to the Alpinestars Tech-Road, it just wasn't quite enough to take the first place spot, even though the Rev'it!s were $20 cheaper. The Alpinestar Tech-Road shined above all the others, and I feel good about spending the extra $20 over the Phantoms for the fit, features, quality of workmanship and overall safety that this glove provides. Looks cool, fits great. I question whether or not this would be warm enough for me if I didn't have heated grips; it's not a downright cold weather riding glove like the Scout EVO or Alaska GTX. And might even be a little warm in summer depending on where you live, but for around here, with the equipment I have, they're perfect and I couldn't be happier with them. The only gripe I have is that I wish the zipper cuff was a velco cuff and it gave you more of an opening when undone. As it stands, the zipper opening gives you barely enough room to fit your jacket in the gauntlet to allow the glove to be worn over the sleeve. It's totally doable, but kind of a pain. Would be nice if they put a little extra material there and made a velcro opening to make it easier to put on. But I'll deal with that. Everything else is second to none with this glove. The best out of the bunch above, with the Phantoms second, the Alaska's third, the Klim's fourth and the Dainese fifth.
November 5, 2013
Excellent option for Texas winters
Been wearing these for a month now and they're worth every penny. The gloves do fit one size small so if you're a large, better order an extra-large otherwise you're in for a bad time.
They do not circulate much if any air at all so if the weather turns hot, expect to sweat a little. Honestly it'd take the weather getting up to 80+ before my hands would start sweat, it's dropped as far as 30 in the morning and these gloves have seen me through no problem.
The only thing I want for these gloves would be an option for the large alpinestar symbol to be either a reflective white or matte white, then they'd be perfect. May just do that myself with some research. Overall excellent product, only complaint being a minor cosmetic quirk.
October 29, 2013
I recommend getting one size larger for these gloves. I have a medium Alpinestars SP-2 glove which fits me perfectly, while medium for the Tech Road gloves is wearable but large would probably have been better.
I've worn these in heavy rain for about an hour and they have done a good job keeping my hands warm and dry. So far the coldest temperature I've used them is about 50F for an hour going 60mph and my hands stay somewhat warm. I imagine there's still a lot of room for the temperature to go down with these gloves.
My only real complaint is that because they're thicker, my hands get sore if I use them for too long, from trying to grip the handlebars. It might just take more use to break them in.
October 3, 2013
Great protection for wether above 40F
Great gloves, love them. They shilled my hands from the cold while driving early morning to upstate NY. The temperature was 45F and my hands stay worm.
They are great gloves for winter, but I don't think it will be the best protection if you riding and the temperature is below 40F.
They little bulky, but probably I have to give them a chance to brake first in order to be comfortable.
As for size, they bit smaller then usual, but again, I think after they will brake they will be perfect size.
I recommend buying them!
September 30, 2013
I bought these gloves for winter and inclement weather riding. They work perfectly for that. A couple of caviats: 1) This was my first A* glove purchase. It ran a size too small. 2) My hands sweat. Yes it's gortex, but still clammed up a bit. I probably sweat more than most in the hands.
May 21, 2013
My Tech Road gloves fits just right.
The temperature in northern VA stayed around the 20-30s this year. I road all winter long and noticed that if it was in the 20s the cold weather cut through with ease.
But from the 30s & up, I was able to enjoy the ride without focusing on keeping my hands warm. My hands were comfortable & I was able to move my fingers with ease. Now that I'm wearing my summer gloves due to the warm weather, I realize just how durable my Tech Roads are.
April 17, 2013