Alpinestars Corozal Drystar Gloves
- Stretch polyamide fabric upper construction with goatskin leather palm
- Alpinestars Drystar® waterproof and breathable membrane
- Thumb and palm reinforcement for a superior grip
- 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
- Neoprene cuff with Velcro® closure for easy glove entry and secure closure
- Anthracite reflective details improve rider visibility in varying light conditions
- Visor wiper on the thumb
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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
I’ve got two very similar new gloves from Alpinestars on my desk for review today… the Polar Gore-Tex gloves and the Corozal Drystar gloves. Both models are VERY similar and the main difference is that one glove uses Gore-Tex for the waterproof material, and the other glove uses Alpinestars “house brand” of waterproof material, Drystar. Gore-Tex fans will surely opt for the Polar version to get the superior breathability of Gore-Tex, and those that don’t think the material makes a lot of difference to them can choose the Corozal and save themselves about forty bucks.
Overall, both these styles look like nice gloves, but there is one aspect that concerns me. If you look at the cuff, it extends over the wrist about an inch and a half, but on the thumb side of your hand, there is an opening in the cuff to allow for tightness adjustment of the cuff using the Velcro-close strap, which is fine of course, but the opening is not waterproof and that means the glove is really only waterproof just to the point where your wrist connects to your hand.
So I asked our Alpinestars rep about this and he opined that if the cuff on your jacket was long and it could be cinched down over the glove’s cuff, then it wouldn’t make any difference. Hmmm… well, I suppose that’s true, but you’ll want to ask yourself if that scenario is yours. If so, you could be OK with these gloves, but if not, you’ll want to opt for a glove with a longer gauntlet.
Like I said, this is otherwise a nice glove and up to the usual standards for Alpinestars. And if you WANTED a waterproof, short-cuff, lightly insulated glove, then you’ve found it and no other glove I can think of will be built like this. :: Paul, 08-31-15