Alpinestars Arctic Drystar Gloves - 2011
- Textile upper construction
- Goatskin palm construction with Clarino reinforcement
- Over-molded hard PU knuckle protection
- 4mm EVA foam padding on top of hand, fingers and wrist
- Accordion stretch inserts on top of hand and fingers
- High finger bridge
- Drystar® membrane insert
- Thinsulate® thermal insulation
- Insulated for warmth
- Micro-Velcro wrist closure
- Hydrophobic knitted cuff
- Pre-curved finger construction
These gloves are consistent with the major brands we carry, so 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 Arctic Drystar gloves are a great option if you are looking for a cold weather, waterproof glove with a short cuff. The cuff of the Arctic Drystar gloves are made of a stretch knitted material which is very comfortable, but might get a bit soggy if you get wet. The rest of the glove features Alpinestars’ Drystar membrane which is waterproof and breathable, and should do a good job keeping your hands dry. Keep in mind that with a short cuff glove you need a way to keep water from running down your wrist into the gloves as well (if your jacket sleeves or rainsuit can seal around your wrist you should be ok). The Arctic gloves also use 3M’s thinsulate insulation which is nice and warm without being too bulky. Of course these gloves are a little more cumbersome than a summer glove, but they are much better than some other, bulkier, winter gloves that we carry. The fingers have external stitching which prevents extra material from digging into your hands. The palms of these gloves are made from goatskin and have some additional padding and reinforcement for crash protection. At the back of the hand there is a molded knuckle protector which is covered with what looks like a thin perforated leather, although I’m sure it’s synthetic (and is really just for looks). A good portion of the back of the glove is actually a textile material, which keeps the gloves flexible with stretch panels for the fingers and back of the hand. The backs of the fingers are leather for safety. One other safety feature of the Arctic gloves is the finger bridge. This is a leather connection between the pinky and ring fingers which is designed to prevent the pinky from “rolling under” in an accident. For closeup pictures of these gloves click the “View Larger Images” link above.