Alpinestars Masai Gloves ::

Alpinestars Masai Gloves

  • Multi-panel main shell construction incorporating leather, synthetic suede and 3D mesh for durability, abrasion resistance and ventilation
  • Leather palm reinforcements for superior abrasion resistance
  • Ergonomic TPU slider on palm is backed with EVA foam for impact performance
  • Sculptured, 3D TPR knuckle, wrist and fingertip panels provide impact and abrasion protection
  • Knuckle protectors are backed with foam for additional protection
  • Clarino® panel wraps around the thumb to provide extra layer of protection
  • Finger sidewalls constructed from leather and stretch fabric to improve feel of the glove and reduce weight
  • Extensive thumb flex gusset enhances flexibility and riding comfort
  • Reinforced landing zone incorporates foam padding for comfort
  • Neoprene cuff with Velcro® closure and TPR for comfort, easy entry and secure fastening
  • Touch screen compatible index fingertip and thumb for use with smartphones and GPS systems

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Sizing Information

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

These new Masai gloves from Alpinestars are super lightweight and sort of remind me of a mechanix-style glove at first glance, but there is more to them in terms of protection than you might think. The palm is leather and has Clarino (a man-made suede-like material) reinforcements in and around the thumb, and then the back of the hand is largely a mesh fabric material with several molded protectors to provide some impact capability along with some style. The heel of the hand has a pretty darn substantial slider which will promote sliding of the hand should you ever touch down on the pavement. Sliding is much better than any sort of grabbing or rolling so the slick plastic “puck” is made to skim across the surface of the street. The wrist of the glove closes with a simple Velcro tab. Last but not least is the new touchscreen capability. Small patches of metallic colored material are placed on the tip of the index finger and thumb which will make your smart phone pay attention. Of course the ends of your fingers in gloves are a bit more imprecise than bare fingers, but you can do the basics without having to remove your gloves. Click through to the photo gallery to see the color choices. There are some unusual ones. :: Paul, 02-24-14