Alpinestars SP-8 Gloves - 2013
- Constructed from premium full-grain leather for excellent abrasion resistance
- Durable PU knuckle protection with heat stamped logo
- EVA foam padding on wrist, fingers and thumb
- Stretch flex panel on wrist for maximum flexibility and comfort
- Velcro cuff closure for secure, personalized fit
- Pre-shaped finger construction with internal seams for comfort and feel
- Third and fourth finger bridge protects the fingers in the event of a slide
- Ergonomic-engineered synthetic suede palm reinforcements
- Full-length wrist cuff incorporates foam esprit padding
- Printed logos
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
The Alpinestars SP-8 glove is the model offered for those that want a nice glove for sport/street or amateur racing, but need to stay under a hundred bucks. Street/sport riders of any kind will enjoy this glove. It is comfortable and sharp looking. The fingers are box sewn (which means the seams are to the outside) which makes them easy to break in almost immediately. For protection, there is a molded knuckle protector and there is foam padding over the gauntlet, just behind the knuckle protector and on the backs of the fingers. The heel of the hand has an extra layer of synthetic suede and padding too. The pinky finger and ring fingers are linked by a strip of leather as a safety feature. The pinky is the most vulnerable in a crash and by linking the two fingers of the gloves, the ring finger can provide some bracing for the smaller finger. There is a single Velcro closure around the gauntlet of these gloves which makes them quick and easy to pull on and take off (but less secure than gloves that have a wrist strap as well). You can take a look at these features by clicking the “View Larger Images” link above. :: Paul, 04-15-13