Alpinestars Oslo Drystar Gloves
- Multi-material main upper construction for durability and abrasion resistance
- Alpinestars’ exclusive waterproof and breathable Drystar® lining keep the hands dry and comfortable
- Fiberfill® thermal insulation for excellent warmth performance in cold weather
- Velour insulated upper lining and fleece palm insulation inner lining significantly ramp up heat retaining qualities
- EVA foam padding on knuckles, palm, fingers and wrist for added protection
- PU skin grip palm with synthetic suede reinforcement on palm and thumb for excellent grip on bike controls.
- Pre-contoured glove construction with synthetic leather reinforcements on fingers and thumb
- Reflective piping on knuckle for improved rider visibility
- Accordion stretch panel on back of hand and stretch gusset inserts on finger for improved fit and reduced fatigue
- Velcro® adjustable wrist and cuff closures provide an adaptable fit
The fit of Alpinestars gloves are very consistent from one model to the next. And overall, they fit a bit small as compared to other brands we carry such as FirstGear, Tour Master, etc. It’s not enough to recommend that you buy a larger size (especially if a snug fit is preferred) but it is noticeable enough to say that if you are sometimes between sizes, then you should probably choose the larger of the two. Hopefully you’ve had some experience with buying gloves and can choose based upon the fit of a previous pair. If you have no previous experience with glove sizing, go here for help.
Our Two Cents
The Oslo glove is one to look at for cold weather. Alpinestars makes a dizzying number of different insulated and/or waterproof gloves, so to try and help with selection, I’ll tell you where this one fits in the line-up. Firstly, the waterproof membrane is Alpinestars “house brand” called Drystar. All their Drystar gloves are less expensive as compared to a similar model that uses Gore-Tex. The shell of this glove is a mix of textile and synthetic leather. There is some smooth leather on the back of the hand and then a suede-like material on the palm to improve grip. These are good material choices for a glove that will experience cold and wet conditions. A part textile glove will be lighter and will pack away more easily and is less expensive than a leather counterpart. And lastly, this glove has a lot of insulation all around the hand for cold conditions. Other styles might be more compact and snug fitting for sport use, but these gloves are made for everyday commuting or riding.
So if you need a good glove for cold and wet conditions, and don’t want to pay the premium for Gore-Tex and/or leather, then this is a good choice. It is nice looking, fits well and is reasonably priced, IMHO. :: Paul 09-15-14