Alpinestars Apex Drystar Gloves - 2016
- Stretch polyamide material upper construction with goatskin leather palm
- Alpinestars Drystar® waterproof and breathable membrane
- 100G/sqm Thinsulate thermal insulation on the backhand
- Thumb and palm reinforcement for a superior grip
- Synthetic leather reinforcements with foam padding on the palm and outer hand landing zones provide abrasion resistance in key impact zones
- Patented 3rd and 4th finger bridge prevents finger roll and separation during impact
- Synthetic leather molded hard knuckle protectors provides impact and abrasion protection
- Touch screen compatible fingertip on index for use of touch screen devices
- Pre-curved finger construction reduces rider fatigue
- Wide Velcro® cuff closure for easy glove entry and secure closure
- Wrist fastener for a secure fit
- Reflective details improve rider visibility in varying light conditions
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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
The Apex Drystar model has been around for years, and continues to be a great cold weather choice for sport and street riders for an insulated/waterproof glove. The gloves are a combination of textile and “polyamide” (translation: imitation leather). This glove offers a full gauntlet with a secure wrist strap plus a Velcro gauntlet closure which should offer good protection and keep the gloves securely in place in case of a fall. For additional protection, the gauntlet and back of the fingers are padded, and there is a molded knuckle protector as well. The insulation on these gloves is a very soft, almost velvet like, fleece material which feels like it would keep your hands nice and warm on colder days. The Drystar® liner works in conjunction to keep your hands dry as well.
I’ve reviewed a number of lower priced winter styles this year and these Alpinestars gloves compare very well. Even for an inexpensive style, they have a good shape and are well tailored. Other gloves are not as well put together and have a more “sloppy” fit to them. The only nit I’d pick is with the polyamide… it looks kinda cheapo to me, but with some use after the “new” is off them, I’d bet this aspect becomes unnoticeable. And besides, I’m not sure I’d even want real leather on a winter/waterproof glove since it probably wouldn’t look so good after getting wet a few times.
Overall, I like these gloves and would recommend them. :: Paul, 12-14-15