Alpinestars Apex Drystar Gloves
Better than expected!
I bought these since I needed a set of winter gloves. I was a little apprehensive reading other reviews stating that it was only good for X degrees F or C. I bit the bullet and picked them. I was pleasantly surprised. It's quite comfortable, but break in is still required. It has merely OK protection, but these are winter gloves. Any more protection and it'll get bulky and you'd loose mobility. I rode my bike in sunny 30F weather at freeway speeds and these gloves kept me 'warmer' than I thought. Obviously, the chill factor will rob you of heat no matter what, but with these gloves on, I was able to endure the cold no problem. After a 30-40 minute ride, my hands felt slightly clammy, but never cold enough to wish I got thicker gloves. Definitely worth the purchase.
February 21, 2015
Superbly warm but.......
I got these gloves to use through the winter as the only other pair of gloves I have are mesh summer gloves. They do exactly what I bought them for, they're very warm as only my finger tips will get a little cold on the longer of my rides. Though they honestly just sit most of the time. Due to the lining and I guess them doing such a good job at keeping your hands warm, they do not have any feel. I commute around town on a 650cc parallel twin so I do a lot of shifting and these gloves are just too bulky. In the end, I still wear my mesh gloves even when its 40 or 35 degrees. However when it's crazy cold with wind chill, I use them because I'm just trying to get from point A to B and I'm not going to be accelerating hard or hitting corners fast or anything. I'm probably going to go pick up some cheap thin gloves that aren't mesh like S&S top dead center gloves that won't let so much cold air in and have the mesh for summer and Drystars for super cold weather.
February 17, 2015
Very Happy just wish it had a wiper
I purchased this glove on a recommendation from Revzilla. My previous winter/waterproof glove was horrible. I needed a glove that was waterproof and good down to below freezing for a commute that lasts 15 min. Revzilla gave me a few options and I opted for this one.
First off the Negatives: The cuff is too tight. A few reviews did mention this. It takes a little working to get the cuff to go over the jacket, on my leather jacket it is very difficult. However, once you work it around you can then velco the gauntlet down just fine. The other problem is that the thumb seems slightly to short. Its not painful but I think it could have fit more like the other fingers. The only other real complaint is that their is no shield wiper on it. The one think I loved from my other glove was that wiper, this one doesn't have it. The "snot" wipe as mentioned in the review is nice I guess but i have a closed face helmet don't generally run into this problem. What I do however run into is A LOT of rain, and right now treated roads that grease up my visor and that "snot wipe" does nothing but smear it all around. Of the three compaints that is the biggest one for me. I'm going to have to look at other options for treating my visor.
The GOODS: My fingers are finally not solid pieces of sausages now. Mind you I occasionally ride in temps below freezing and while my fingers aren't hot, they are comfortable. They will seem to get an ever so slight chill but never worse than that. I am absolutely stoked that these gloves fixed that problem. The protection seems great and don't plan on testing that but seem like they will do the job. I have riden in the rain and my hands stayed dry but I would have to do a really prolonged ride to test the true waterproof of the glove.
Overall - I'm hoping that maybe they just need a little more use and the thumb and cuff will stretch a bit and they will be fine. The wiper, well i'll figure something out. I'm really pleased with the recommendation and happy that i now have warm hands again.
The fit was exactly to spec with the sizing measurements.
February 17, 2015
Comfortable and Secure
I buy this gloves for my boyfriend and I was looking for something that secure him while hi was racing but that where comfortable at the same time, and this gloves have that. He love them as soon as he wear it, and now they are part of his racing Suit. Thanks "Alpinestar" for that great invention and thanks "Revzilla" for excellent sale.
February 16, 2015
More like "2-season gloves"
Although these are billed as good for winter riding, my experience has been that they are great in the spring and fall, but once the temps dip into the 40s, you'll want heated grips or liners to stay warm. I have a 90 mile round trip commute in San Francisco, and after about 10 minutes in the high 40's - low 50's my fingers are getting close to numb. I added some heated liners without any problems, and the combination is perfect.
They do a fantastic job of keeping out the rain, and are actually fairly comfortable up into the low 70's. Great purchase for the price. About a year into owning them with daily use they have started to show signs of wear - coming apart at the stitching on the index finger, but definitely not falling apart.
The hard moulded knuckles are reassuring, and the velcro straps have stayed grippy the whole time. They don't feel too bulky, even with the glove liners inside. Seems like they'll go another year before needing replacement.
February 11, 2015
Great winter gloves for sport riding!
I'm very satisfied with these gloves, exactly what I was looking for in a winter glove. The build quality is amazing, especially for the price (thanks to Vietnamese labor). The insulation level is perfect for winter sportbike riding. Just enough insulation to keep your hand dexterity in the mid 20's and 30's but not so much where you feel detached from the throttle. The fit was perfect for me, so much so that I tried my summer gloves on yesterday and realized how loose they are. Using them above 60 degrees causes my hands to sweat, making it a pain to get them off because the liner wants to stick to your hand. Not a complaint, just realize these are winter gloves. If I where say one complaint, it's that I have a hard time toggling the turn signal switch for a left turn with the clutch pulled in. There isn't quite enough material between my left pointer and thumb. I have used these daily since mid-December.
February 9, 2015
Good to about 35 Degrees
As the title says, they have kept my hands warm in 35 degree weather without heated grips. Can ride with them in colder weather with cold finger tips. Overall a nice purchase to extend riding time.
February 9, 2015
Save your money
Initially my impression of these gloves was quiet positive but after only a short time they started to show wear. After only two seasons the index finger seam closest to the thumb completely wore into a half inch hole. Sorta kinda leaves the waterproof aspect on its posterior. They are not particularly warm even with quality liners after an hour at 40' f. my hands got cold.
February 4, 2015