Alpinestars Equinox Outdry Glove
Featuring innovative material construction technologies for water and wind proofing as well as thermal insulation, the Equinox OUTDRY® is a fully featured road riding glove that is packed with protection and reinforcements for high levels of comfort, protection and performance.
- Multi-panel main chassis consisting of stretch polyamide fabric and softshell on the backhand, with leather on palm and thumb.
- Features an innovative heat-bonded outer shell membrane construction OUTDRY®, which provides an impenetrable layer with no seams, preventing water collecting between layers for lighter, improved fit and greater dexterity and comfort.
- Ergonomic stretch insert between thumb and palm offers flexibility to vastly improve hand movement.
- Primaloft 100g and 80gr insulation for excellent warmth-to-weight ratio. The material’s advanced ultra-light fibers trap heat while insulating from cold and are water-resistant for improved thermal performance.
- Synthetic suede reinforcements with foam padding on the palm and outer hand landing zone to provide abrasion resistance on key impact zones.
- PU-coated reinforcements on palm and thumb provides superior grip on bike’s controls.
- Excellent impact performance offered by an advanced over-molded polymer knuckle protector for class-leading protection.
- Touch screen compatible fingertips for use GPS/smartphones.
- Stretch accordion inserts on finger tips to increase flexibility and fit, reducing rider fatigue.
- Alpinestars’ patented third and fourth finger bridge prevents seam failure and finger separation in the event of a slide.
- Convenient integrated visor wipe for cleaning eyewear.
- Long, gauntlet cuff construction with Hook and loop grip closure helps seal out elements and provides additional coverage.
- Reflective print to increase rider visibility.
- THE EQUINOX OUTDRY® GLOVE is 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
Alpinestars Equinox Outdry gloves are the first I’ve seen with Outdry technology for the glove’s waterproof capabilities. Over the years, we’ve offered hundreds of waterproof gloves, and they fall into one of two camps…. the Gore-Tex liner and the “generic” waterproof liner. Products using Gore-Tex usually command a premium of about $50 as compared to a similar glove with generic waterproofing. The Gore-Tex brand is widely regarded as the best waterproof technology around because of its ability to keep water out but also to allow moisture to escape.
Now comes the OutDry technology. OutDry is the brand of waterproofing and it is a subsidiary of Columbia Sportswear. When I search on the web for OutDry, I see LOTS of products available in all sorts of sporting goods categories, so obviously the product has some chops.
What’s different here is that the OutDry liner is bonded directly to the boot’s upper material rather than being installed as a “bootie” between the boot’s exterior shell and the interior lining. By bonding it,water does not pass through the outer shell and lessens the chances of leaks and waterlogging of the boot assembly. Here’s a detailed explanation. The Outdry alternative is priced comparatively to GoreTex, which also offers the “bonded” construction.
This glove is very comfortable to slide on and wear. The textile part on the back of the hand cuts the overall weight and stiffness. The molded knucle feels substantial and is relatively hidden under a layer of fabric that matches the rest of the glove. There is an extra layer on the side of the hand, on the side of the pinkie and on the heel of the thumb (have a look at our pictures to see those). The cuff has a good deal of adjustment with a Velcro tab, so I think you’ll be able to fit the cuff either under or over your jacket sleeve (depending on the jacket of course). :: Paul, 10-12-17