Alpinestars SMX-2 Air Carbon Gloves - 2014

  • Durable, multi-panel main shell construction incorporating full-grain leather and 3D mesh for durability, abrasion resistance and high levels of breathability
  • Synthetic suede reinforcements on the palm, fingers and landing zones provide maximum abrasion resistance in key impact zones
  • Ergonomically shaped Alpinestars’ innovative carbon knuckle guard provides exceptional impact and abrasion protection
  • Finger tops and back hand incorporates TPR inserts for additional impact abrasion in critical areas
  • Impact absorbing EVA foam panels on thumb for additional impact performance
  • 3D mesh finger surfaces and thumb for cooling performance
  • Pre-curved finger construction to reduce riding fatigue
  • Neoprene wrist cuff plus Velcro® and TPR closure for secure and personalized closure
  • Touch screen compatible index fingertip and thumb for use with smartphones and GPS systems
  • Stretch finger sidewalls for improved flexibility when riding

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Sizing Information

We often say Alpinestars gloves run a bit snug as compared to other brands, but the construction of this glove includes some stretch panels of meshy material so I found these to feel just a bit more roomy than most of their leather/sport gloves, so I’ll say this one runs “true to size” with most other brands. I’d still suggest that 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 SMX-2 Air Carbon Gloves for 2014 are an update of a long running popular model glove for Alpinestars. The short cuff design with the substantial knuckle protector makes this one a favorite for street riders. As I mentioned in my sizing comments above, parts of the glove are a mesh-like fabric that allows free flow of air and these gloves will definitely be comfortable in hot weather. And they are light and small enough to conveniently pack away in a handy pocket. One upgrade for this model is touchscreen compatibility. There are two small patches of metallic looking fabric added to the tip of the thumb and index finger, so you can swipe and pinch at the screen. Granted, these gloves add some bulk to your finger tips and so some precision is lost, but you can do the basics without having to take the gloves off. Nice. As for other features…. the heel of the hand and lower palm have some padding to give some isolation from vibration. The palm material is a man-made suede-like material that is WIDELY used for motorcycle gloves (a similar material branded Clarino is very much like this). The wrist closure is a simple Velcro strap. Take the View Larger Images link above to see some good close-up shots of all these features. This model is a very popular, long running style and with the new touchscreen capability, I’m sure it will continue to be a best seller. :: Paul, 02-24-14