Alpinestars GT-S X-Trafit Gloves
- Leather palm and backhand with textile fourchettes (the area between the fingers) and cuff
- Gore-Tex® glove with X-Trafit™ for improved dexterity and feel
- Palm and side reinforced with synthetic suede
- PU knuckle protection
- EVA foam padding on fingers, thumb and wrist
- Reinforced wrist cuff and landing zone
- Alpinestars’ patented finger bridge prevents finger separation and reduces twisting in the event of a slide
- Stretch accordion panels on fingers and backhand
- Velcro® adjustable wrist and cuff
- Reflective panels
- Convenient TPR visor wipe located on thumb
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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
I’m reviewing three new gloves from Alpinestars that employ Gore-Tex’s X-Trafit technology. The technology offers the waterproofing and breathability of Gore-Tex along with a manufacturing process that “bonds” the membrane to the glove so it reduces bulk. In trying them on, it is really hard to tell that the glove is even a waterproof model. I found a link to a good explanation of this process on Gore-Tex’s website. I first saw something like this in a Held glove a couple seasons back. I’m not sure if it is the same exact process, now it has a nifty marketing name, but the idea was the same. Now it seems to be the new best accepted way to build a Gore-Tex glove. Anyway, this model, the GT-S X-Trafit Glove, is a sport street model. The gloves are light and thin and would be very convenient to wear in mild to warm temps and of course in wet weather. The glove isn’t insulated, so it is not a winter glove per se. The design is a combination of leather and suede and a neoprene-like material. These gloves have more protective features than most waterproof gloves such as the hard molded protector over the knuckles, the full gauntlet and extra padding in the heel of the hand and thumb joint. And like other sport gloves there is a secure wrist strap to hold the gloves in place in case of impact. And like nearly ALL new Alpinestars glove, the pinkie and ring fingers are joined together. The ring finger will help protect the pinkie, which is vulnerable to damage in a fall. Overall, I like these gloves very much. They aren’t cheap, but that is the price to be paid for Gore-Tex and the new technology to improve fit. :: Paul, 09-12-13