Alpinestars GP Plus Gloves - 2012 ::

Alpinestars GP Plus Gloves - 2012

  • Full grain leather main construction
  • Race proven TPU injected knuckle protection system to absorb and dissipate impact
  • Molded knuckle protection air intakes and exhaust ports
  • Injected TPU palm and finger sliders for superior impact and abrasion resistance
  • Leather palm reinforcements for improved impact strength and abrasion resistance
  • Protective PU cuff wraps around wrist and raises the entire profile of the glove to protect wrist bone from impact in a crash
  • Internal Kevlar® top surface lining
  • External fourth finger TPR protector
  • Alpinestars patented finger-bridge prevents finger separation and stops protection twisting around the fourth finger in the event of a slide
  • 3D anatomical design with accordion leather stretch inserts on fingers for unobtrusive flexibility
  • Vented back hand foam impact protection
  • Twin thumb accordion stretch inserts for superior fit, feeling and flexibility
  • Perforated leather top panel and ventilated finger sidewalls keep the hands cool
  • External finger and palm seams for a close fit and superior feel

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Sizing Information

Like most Alpinestars gloves, these gloves run a bit smaller than most glove brands we carry. And in a race glove like this that is made to fit pretty snugly the smaller fit is even more of an issue, therefore I’d recommend you buy one size larger than you normally buy in most brands (other than Alpinestars). If you are sometimes between sizes, then 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.

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Our Two Cents

The GP Plus glove by Alpinestars offers many of the race ready features of their more expensive, full on race gloves (but not all of course). The gloves are made primarily for street sport bike riders or for weekend track use. This year, the gloves are following a general design trend of beefing up the protection for the outside edge of the hand and little finger. There is a double layer of leather combined with Kevlar and some foam padding from the heel of the hand all the way down the pinkie. Although you can see it and feel it from the outside, from inside you really can’t even tell it is there, so flexibility is retained. The little finger and ring finger are joined by leather pieces which has now become a very common feature on Alpinestars gloves. The joining of the two fingers gives your more delicate little finger more of a chance to avoid injury if “splinted” to the ring finger. Again, not something you’ll notice, but it is a nice technical enhancement. The other thing I like about these gloves is the finger construction. Like the more expensive race gloves, the seams are to the outside, which means the raw ends of the leather panels that make up the glove are not folded inside against your fingers. The “boxed” finger design allows for a comfortable snug fit without pinching. The heel of the hand and the outside of the pinkie finger each get a molded plastic protector which allow the glove to slide rather than “catch” on pavement in case of a fall. Of course you get basic things like knuckle protection and a positive Velcro close wrist strap. What don’t you get? Well, most of the decrease in price is in the wrist gauntlet area. If you look at the GP Pro and GP Tech gloves, you’ll see a more complicated design that has hard molded plastic pieces bonded to leather. More protection for sure, but everything has its price, right? Overall, a definite improvement over previous versions, but with a price that is more affordable than many race gloves. :: Paul, 10-24-12