Alpinestars Overland Drystar Gloves - 2012
- Technical, 100% waterproof Drystar glove, offering breathability and comfort, designed to be worn over or under jacket’s sleeves
- Leather and textile construction
- TPU knuckle protector covered by leather outer surface
- Accordion stretch inserts on thumb, index and middle fingers for superior fit and feeling
- New easy in/out lining with thermal back hand and reduced palm for improved grip and comfort
- Full top surface and fourchette thermal insulation (the fourchette is the material between your fingers)
- Alpinestars patented finger-bridge prevents finger separation and stops protection twisting around the little finger in the event of a slide
- Leather palm construction with leather reinforcement panels
- Retro reflective detailing for improved night visibility
- TPR finger stylus for use with bike navigation systems
Read on for more details.
Like most Alpinestars gloves, these gloves ran a bit smaller than most glove brands we carry. They are not a lot small and most people can choose the size they normally wear in gloves (especially if a snug fit is preferred). 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.
Our Two Cents
There is no doubt that Alpinestars makes quality gloves and a very wide variety of gloves (a bit too many if you ask me, but nobody asked me, ha). Anyway, the reason I bring up choices is to differentiate this glove from others in the Alpinestars lineup. The Overland Drystar glove is a lesser cost mild to cold weather glove. It will be ideal for the every day street/sport rider who wants to ride in cold or wet weather. The gloves are insulated to a moderate degree… not puffy, but not just leather and a fleece liner either. The glove’s shell is a combination of leather and textile, which makes them lighter and cuts down on cost. And these gloves use Alpinestar’s brand of waterproof/breathable liner called Drystar. The same idea as Gore-Tex material used in the more expensive gloves… to make them waterproof yet breathable. Same functionality with Drystar, but not quite the performance in the breathabilty department, but of course WAY less expensive than gloves using “the real thing”. The leather/tex construction and the Drystar liner are the main differentiation which places these gloves down into a very affordable low $100s range. Wow… we found great reflective panels on the glove when we did our night shot test (view by taking the “View Larger Images” link above). Also, you can see the use of leather in the palm of the hand with reinforcements in the heel area.and also up the side of the pinkie. Speaking of which, the pinkie seems to be on the minds of the Alpinestars designers this year. Nearly ALL the gloves I’ve reviewed this fall now have the leather “bridge” connection between the little finger and the ring finger. The bridge helps protect the little finger in case of a fall by “splinting” it to the ring finger. Can’t hurt, right? The back of the hand features molded plastic knuckle protection which is covered in leather to tone down the racer look a bit. The gloves have a Velcro-close wrist strap to secure the gloves on your hand in case of a fall and there is also a large Velcro close cuff adjuster so you can make the gloves fit properly over the sleeve of your jacket. I like how the gloves will easily fold up into a roll for compact storage. Oh, and finally, what is that little pointed rubber piece on the end of each pointer finger? It is a “stylus” to be used with a bike’s navigation system or other controls. Sorry, but it doesn’t operate a touch screen phone. :: Paul, 10-24-12