Alpinestars Polar Gore-Tex Gloves - 2012
- Sport touring glove
- Technical Gore-Tex glove designed to be worn under jacket sleeves
- Leather and textile construction
- Carbon knuckle protectors for high impact protection
- Leather accordion inserts on all fingers and thumb for superior fit and feeling
- New easy in/out lining with thermal upper layer and reduced palm for improved grip and comfort
- Full top and fourchette thermal insulation (the fourchette is the area between the fingers)
- Alpinestars patented finger-bridge prevents finger separation and stops protection twisting around the little finger in the event of a slide
- Leather palm with PU reinforcement
- Retro reflective areas for improved night visibility
- TPR finger stylus for use with bike navigation systems
- Chamude wipe strip forms a quick, convenient helmet visor cleaner
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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
The Polar Gore-Tex Glove is an excellent all-weather riding glove that offers protection not often found in a waterproof/insulated style. These gloves combine quality materials and good construction. The Gore-Tex membrane is designed to keep the water out, while still allowing hand moisture to escape. For colder weather use the glove is moderately insulated on the back of the hand. The palms get less insulation to improve feel for the controls. The lining is a very soft and comfortable “fleecy” material. The cuff of this glove combines a stretchy knit material and a Velcro adjustment tab that makes for a snug, but comfortable closure that will keep out cold air. The high quality leather should provide some good abrasion protection in the event of a crash, and there is a very substantial amount of protection on the knuckles, fingers and palm. I also like the fact that the glove has a very positive wrist closure that will keep the gloves on your hands in case of a spill. Overall I think this glove offers an excellent amount of protection from the elements and better than average crash protection (for a waterproof/winter style anyway). Take the “View Larger Images” link above to see some good closeups of this glove.