Alpinestars Andes Outdry Gloves
- Premium leather, suede, softshell and advanced stretch textile main chassis
- Softshell and stretch fabric on the backhand for freedom of movement
- Soft viscoelastic PU foam compound knuckle guard which is ergonomically profiled
- Double hook and loop grip closure system on wrist
- Long cuff design offers extended coverage of wrist area
- Features an innovative heat-bonded outer shell membrane construction Outdry®, which provides an impenetrable layer with no seams, preventing water collecting between layers
- Ergonomic stretch insert between thumb and palm offers flexibility to vastly improve hand movement
- Reflective inserts to increase rider visibility
- Rubber reinforcements with foam padding on thumb and palm
- Leather stretch accordions on fingers and thumb to increase flexibility and fit
- Touchscreen compatible finger-tip
- CE certified level 1
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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 Andes Outdry glove offered waterproof construction and protection features in a street or adventure riding glove. This one is non-insulated, but is windproof. The palms are leather so you retain good feel for the controls.
Alpinestars usually uses their own house brand of waterproofing material they call Drystar, but with this glove they are using Outdry for the waterproofing membrane. We’ve seen this material on several gloves and boots in the last season or too. Most of those products are very high priced and they compare the performance to GoreTex, so when I saw this glove used Outdry, I was expecting to see a lofty price, but these gloves are pretty competitively priced. Great!
These gloves have protection features than most waterproof designs, but the styling largely hides that fact. I like how the soft neoprene-like material on the back of the hand covers the molded knuckle protector. That protector is VERY flexible, but feels sturdy enough, so theses should be very comfortable to wear right away.
Like good sport/race gloves, these have a positive closure strap at the wrist to keep them securely on your hand in case of a fall and I see some extra padding in the heel of the hand. There is an extra layer of suede in that are that extends on up your pinkie.
The cuff on this glove is flexible but has a good bit of adjustability so I think it would work either over or under a sleeve cuff which might solve some problems for some folks who struggle to fit a gauntlet glove under a bulky sleeve.
As I said, the pricing on this glove seems very competitive and it has more protective features than most waterproof styles out on the market these days, so I think this one is definitely worth a shot for you. :: Paul, 05-16-18