Alpinestars 365 Gore-Tex Gloves
Very comfortable gloves
I bought these gloves last winter. They've only been exposed to light rain showers so can't comment on the waterproofing.
Very comfortable, except for a slightly narrow thumb.
Reasonable protection for a touring glove.
Warm down to about 7-8 deg C.
Not so good:
Lining tends to "bunch up" in the palm and can pull out of the fingers if you're not careful taking the gloves off.
Need liners when it gets cold.
Hands start to feel sweaty on a hot day.
Great gloves as long as you are prepared for their limitations. Definitely not "365", more like "200" !
April 18, 2013
It seems to be one of those oddities of life when you ride that you are always on the lookout for better gear. I have been riding since I was a kid and thirty something years later I am still looking for a better pair of gloves. The Alpinestars 365 Gore-Tex Gloves seemed to fit the bill. They promise the freedom of a streamlined gear collection; one set of gloves day in and day out rain or shine for all but the hottest or coldest of days. For someone who rides every day that is very appealing.
I admit that I was attracted to them by the Alpinestars name which is generally well regarded. The 365 Gore-Tex Gloves are not cheap at well over $200 but they are Alpinestars' top of the line all weather gloves so my hopes were high and I ordered away with confidence.
Beware the sizing! When I received the gloves, the first thing that I noticed is that they run small. I always take XL but not in these. I could hardly get my hand through the narrow portion of the wrist area. Once inside they still felt small. The fingers were tight width-ways, there was little if any pre-curve and I could hardly curl my hands. What to do? Sending them back for exchange was problematic for a number of reasons, including that I needed gloves that day, and that I am in Sydney Australia, a long way away from where I got them. I hit the internet. Unknown to me there seems to be a whole legion of people who believe that this is how gloves feel when you get them and all you need to do is break them in. Always ready to learn new things, I decided to take on the challenge. I wore them around the house. I soaked them in water and then wore them on the bike twice a day until they dried. I made a concerted effort to stretch them every time I put them on and but making fists to make the fingers curl easier. In the end, it took a solid three months to break them in and I still struggle to put them on and take them off. It was not worth it. Another design annoyance is the wrist gauntlet which seems to follow the trend of being ridiculously small; too small to easily or properly close over a jacket sleeve.
The Gore-Tex thing is odd. It is waterproof. No actual water will penetrate the lining. It is supposed to be breathable but that seems to have a double edge. In heavy rain, the moisture breathes through the wrong way. Your hands will not get wet but they will get moist enough to prune fingers on a long ride. That's not what I want in an all weather glove.
Also, a Gore-Tex membrane that lies between other layers of material means more thickness to the material that makes up the glove and that compromises feel. Feel in these gloves is not great. It's about the same as a pair of regular cold or wet weather gloves. In my opinion that is only worth putting up with if it is actually raining. In dry weather I would not tolerate a glove with such poor feel.
Protection from the gloves appears to be only average. There is Alpinestars' stitched-together pinky and ring finger feature, which I like. The velcro wrist cinch has a leather flap over it to protect it during a fall. However, there are no scaphoid sliders, only soft leather that would be all to keen to grip on asphalt if you fell palms down. Aside from the obligatory plastic knuckle protector, the fingers have no protection other than some shallow, soft foam pads. Likewise, the wrist area has no hard protection.
As I mentioned, feel is not great in these gloves and neither is comfort. They lack pre-curve and the leather in the palm area bunches under your hand so you are always having to exert some force to grip the bars. The vents on the hard plastic knuckle protector vent absolutely no air whatsoever but the fingers seem to allow a little through at speed. On hot days they are as tolerable as any full gauntlet glove. On cold days though they are no better than a summer gauntlet. Below 10 degrees Celcius you are uncomfortable. Below 5 degrees Celcius and you are in pain. On a 45 minute ride at 5-7 degrees Celcius the pain diminishes as numbness and total lack of feeling take over. Fortunately I never got to the point where my hands would not obey commands but riding without being able to feel the controls is not advisable.
In the end, my dream of a smarter, more streamlined glove solution is dead. I have bought a new, different pair of gloves for the majority of my dry riding and will use the Alpinestars Gore-Tex only as my rain gloves. If I manage to determine a good dedicated rain glove then I will buy those too and donate these or throw them in the garbage.
What constitutes good gear is something you learn with time, occasionally the hard way. I am loyal to brands that serve me well and I value quality over price. My opinion of Alpinestars products has fallen with this experience. They talk the talk and charge the prices but are they up to the claims or just another average manufacturer backed by brilliant marketing? My suspicions may be wrong but the only way to be sure is to buy some more gear and at the prices they charge it is a costly experiment.
September 10, 2012
Best gloves I've ever used for day to day use! If you commute year round dont bother looking else where, buy there ASAP!
May 29, 2012
The quality of this is glove is amazing. The fit is small but matches the shape of your hand perfectly. The Goretex leather is 100% waterproof yet does not leave your hands sweaty if the day heats up. Because of the waterproof nature of the glove, there is little to no air flow through the glove but this is only noticed in very hot-humid conditions. The glove isn't cheap but you get far more than you pay for. Excellent product and highly recommended.
May 9, 2012
Astars gloves seem to fit my hands just right. I own and have owned a number of Astars gloves: S-1, SP-1, SP-2, octane moto, storm rider, and the 365.
I have been using the 365 for about year and half. It took a couple of months to break them into perfection but after all this time they still look new.
Under this same time frame and similar usage the SP-1 and SP-2 gloves were shot.
The 365 glove is definitely not a warm glove by any means. The storm rider is a bit warmer but the storm rider glove does not fit snug and doesn't a provide a good feel for the controls.
I live in California and it gets colder than one would think out here and we have a short rainy season too. This glove has performed great the times I have been caught in the rain. I installed heated grips to beat the cold and the heat transfers through the gloves nicely.
Although pricey, I recommend the gloves because in my case they look sporty, they fit great, they provide great feel for the controls, and are surprisingly durable. I actually have a back up pair stashed away that I honestly thought I would have started using by now. I'm thinking of buying a third pair just in case Astars discontinues them.
April 15, 2012
Great glove but strange fit
Great glove for a strange sized hand.
December 20, 2010
Not too warm- pricey
I tried the Revit H20 gloves and they worked well for 15 mins in <30 degrees F weather then my hands got cold. In the same weather the 365 gloves got cold in 5 minutes. I would go with the H20 gloves instead
February 15, 2010