Alpinestars Valparaiso Drystar Gloves
Great gloves but weird fit.
Lets start with the good. Plenty warm for rides down to the freezing mark, I haven't ridden in that cold yet but the low 40's were no problem without the slightest hint of getting chilly.
Now the bad, or at least not so good. These gloves would be perfect for me if it weren't for the lets just call it odd fit. I have relatively long skinny hands. I got these in size large as per the fitment guide for my 9" circumference palms, but I was fully expecting to have to return them for an XL to fit my long fingers. But to my surprise when i got them and put the right glove it fit spot on. Just exactly the right amount of room in the fingers a snug fit on the palms, so i left it at that. Fast forward a few weeks to this morning, a freakishly warm February morning of 58 so I decide the brave the sand covered roads and take 2 wheels to work. I get suited up hop on the bike and pull on my new gloves and low and behold the perfect fit of my right glove doesn't match with the left. The index and pinky fingers of the left glove are pulled tight across the end of my fingers. Not painfully so but after my 30 min commute my fingers were getting quite uncomfortable. The too short fingers coupled with the stretch panel landing above my knuckle on my left index finger so that its doesn't quite flex were it need to just leaves me disappointed. Especially since the right glove fits so dam well, and its not like my fingers are different length on my right and left hands, not noticeably so at least.
Long story short if the left and right gloves were exact mirror images of each other they would be a 5 star glove all day long, but it just isn't quite there. Here to hopping the fingers stretch a bit after a few more rides.
February 19, 2016
Gloves leaked and now my hands get sticky after I wear them for awhile
Got them really wet during a heavy rain and water got into both gloves. After they dried I wore them again but when my hands sweat my hands get this slightly sticky residue on them. I handwashed them twice to get rid of it but no luck.
Unfortunately this happened over a year after I bought them so I can't return them.
I still wear them for cold weather gloves but the stickiness inside is irritating
February 3, 2016
GLOVE ARE PERFECT FOR A COOL DAY BETWEEN 65F-45F. THEY CAN HANDLE A LIGHT TO MODERN RAIN WITH OUT GETTING YOUR HANDS WET. THEY DONT BREATHE WELL SO THIS MAKE IT A WARM GLOVE. IS WORTH IT FOR THE MONEY YOU ARE PAYING.
July 15, 2015
This is a good for spring and fall temperature (50, 60deg). I wore them in the 70deg range it was too warm.
Material bunched at the finger/palm area bunch a little when gripping the handlebars. I would like a little more precurved fingers. Other than that the comfort is good. Nice, thin insulation layer for cooler temps. Soft lining.
May 9, 2015
Cruiser Gloves For Almost All Weather
These gloves are great for a cruiser motorcycle. They come with great padding and are extremely comfy in cold weather. Never had a problem with my hands being cold. They do tend to soak thru and become mildly damp (I ride in Washington).
Last week I fell while riding at around 30 MPH and these things took a beating. After the crash, I realized how bad they were for actually falling in. Will have to dispose because the thread ripped on the palms as well as the thumbs. Finger tips ripped open like no tomorrow.
No one ever intends to fall when they buy these gloves, but bear in mind that if you do, there is a high chance that you will need to dispose of them after. If they were cheaper, I wouldn't mind. Shelling out 109 bucks plus tax for gloves that you will have to throw away if you fall doesn't sound too good on the wallet.
April 29, 2015
Nice fit, not real warm. Look great!
I have only worn these on one morning ride to try out my new helmet and riding gear. It was in the upper 30° temp range and dry, within about 10 miles I started to feel the cold creeping in. So I would have to say these aren't for real cold rides. They fit nicely, if you buy up one size. I normally wear a large, I purchased XL and they fit nice and snug. I love the look, and I'm fine with the fact they aren't that warm, I have my full on winter gear when it gets really cold. They fit very much like my AStar GP-PLUS roadrace gloves, but like I said they run a size small. I am happy with them ;)
April 20, 2015
Not Very Waterproof
Wore these gloves to a track day yesterday thankful that I had a pair of waterproof gloves. They ended up soaking through, and it wasn't even raining that hard. So merely from spray and some drizzle, by the end of the day you could feel the wet inside. Even today they are still wet (admittedly I left them out in the garage).
If it weren't for that, I'd say they were pretty good, but they aren't as warm as I was hoping, and they don't keep the wet out very effectively. Sadface.
December 1, 2014
Now my favorite gloves
I have three sets of gloves. For warm weather, I use Spidi Jab-R leather/textile gloves. In really cold weather, I switch to my Gerbing's T5 Microwire heated gloves. And for wet weather, I used some cheap (not so) waterproof gloves - and I have no recollection what they are, or from where they came.
I decided I needed an in-between glove. Something that was warm enough to use in cooler temperatures, but not in bitter cold. And it would be great if they served double-duty as waterproof gloves.
I spent almost a year trying out various gloves. At motorcycle shows, bike shops, online retailers, I tried glove after glove. None of them really fit the bill...until I found the Alpinestars Valparaiso Drystar Gloves. That's quite a name for a glove!
I've now been wearing these gloves for about a month and a half, in weather from 40 degrees to 85 degrees, bright sunshine and pouring rain, over about 2,000 miles or so. I have always worn a large size in gloves, and my first impression upon putting on these gloves was that they were too small. In fact, I almost sent them back - they were tight, and the fingers seemed to be a bit too short. However, that was when I stretched my fingers out straight. When I curved them into a natural riding position, the finger length seemed adequate, so I figured I would give them a go. Over the course of the last month or so, they have broken in, and what felt a bit too stiff now feels just about right.
The palms of the gloves are one of the most important parts, as this is all that is in between your hand and your bike's grips. Any kind of seam or bumps in this area will soon become painfully sore after extended riding. No such issue here - the leather on the palms is very soft and supple, with no apparent seams inside. There are reinforced areas on the palm and outside the pinky finger to protect against road abrasion, and the palm area has extra padding. There is a grippy patch on the thumb and inside grip of the first finger to give you a solid, nonslip grip on your bike's handgrips, even in the wet.
The tough abrasion-resistant layer continues onto the top of the pinky and ring finger, along with a unique feature: webbing between the last two fingers. This prevents your pinky finger from being wrenched away from your hand during a crash, so that it isn't sprained or broken.
There are two excellent velcro fasteners: the larger cuff, which fits over the end of your jacket sleeve, and the smaller wrist strap, which snugs the glove around your wrist and prevents the glove from being pulled off your hand during a crash. Both have easily grabbed tabs to allow quick donning and removal.
The knuckles of both gloves have a hard plastic insert to protect against impact injury. Unlike a lot of gloves, this is actually comfortable on the inside, and is well formed to my hand.
The inside of the glove is a soft fabric layer, and does not pull away from the inside of the fingers when your hands are damp and sweaty like a lot of gloves.
My overall thoughts on these gloves: I definitely like them. They are waterproof, even in an absolute downpour. The left thumb has a small rubber wiper which can be used to clear your helmet face shield. They are extremely comfortable and allow sufficient movement without effort once they are broken in. They are insulated and provide decent warmth down to about 40F or so (4C). Above 75 degrees, they are uncomfortably warm, causing your hands to sweat a lot. That said, when you do sweat, the liner absorbs the moisture, and because the glove upper is fabric and breathes, the glove dries out - unlike my old waterproof gloves, which were like putting on a pair of plastic bags, and quickly became cold, wet and clammy inside.
- Very good impact and abrasion protection
- Wearable in wide range of temperatures
- Excellent quality and workmanship
- Sizing runs small
- Stiff at first until broken in
- Cuff could be slightly larger in order to accommodate bulkier jacket sleeves
Overall, I'm a fan of these gloves, and would definitely recommend them.
Pictures of my gloves: http://goldwingdocs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=24208
November 17, 2014