Alpinestars SP-Z Drystar Gloves
- Constructed from supple and durable full-grain leather associated with polyamide fabric
- Reinforcements on palm and thumb provides superior grip
- Synthetic leather reinforced outer hand with padding on landing zones provides maximum abrasion resistance
- Ergonomic stretch insert on palm
- Durable PU knuckle protection with heat stamped logo
- Palm, fingers and backhand padded with energy absorbing E.V.A foam for additional protection
- Protective cuff closure with TPR logo wraps around wrist and raises the entire profile of the glove to protect wrist bone from impact in a crash
- Adjustable Velcro closure on cuff and wrist
- Leather stretch accordions on fingers and thumb for superior fit and flexibility
- Touchscreen compatible index finger tip
- Reflective insert on backhand area for greater visibility
- Printed logo
- Third and fourth finger bridge prevents finger roll separation in the event of a slide
- Pre-curved finger construction reduces rider fatigue
- Made with Drystar ® Performance membrane construction technology which bonds all layers in glove, thereby affording a highly reduced material chassis to promote good level of dexterity and sensitivity of bike controls
Like most Alpinestars gloves, these gloves ran a bit smaller than most glove brands we carry. It’s not enough to recommend that you buy a larger size 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
These SP-Z Drystar gloves are made for the sport street rider that wants an above-average protection package in a glove that is street oriented and waterproof.
From the outside, this glove looks much like a leather sport street glove. There is the familiar molded knuckle protection, the raised padded areas, the finger bridge, etc. But then you slip the gloves on and you feel a plushy fleece lining and there is the waterproof lining, and that’s what differentiates this glove from most sport street gloves. And although this glove doesn’t have any additional insulation, the leather shell, the WP lining and the liner layers will help to retain heat. I’d recommend this glove down to very cool temps.
The glove’s shell is a combination of leather and synthetic leather. The synthetics are used for the “overlays” such as alongside the pinkie and in the heel of the hand. Those overlays will add a degree of extra abrasion protection, but don’t add a lot of thickness which is good when you are trying to make a sporty, low profile glove.
As I mentioned, these gloves include a waterproof/breathable liner. The liner is their own “brand” called Drystar. It’s the same idea as Gore-Tex material used in more expensive gloves… to make them waterproof yet breathable. Same functionality with Drystar, but not quite the performance in the breathability department, but of course WAY less expensive than gloves using “the real thing”. This glove also features the “McFit” technology which bonds the WP liner to the glove shell so it is not just a liner inside a glove. This means that you won’t be pulling the liner out of the glove accidentally when your hands are moist and it also means the entire glove has less bulk as compared to non-McFit gloves.
As for the protective features… the gloves have a molded knuckle protector on the back of the hand which is sharp because it’s embossed with a pattern that looks a lot like what you see on a leather basketball (see the close-up pics). Also, you’ll see the “bridge” connection between the little finger and the ring finger. The bridge helps protect the little finger in case of a fall by “splinting” it to the ring finger. Can’t hurt, right? The gloves have a Velcro-close wrist strap to secure the gloves on your hand in case of a fall and there is also a large Velcro-close cuff adjuster so you can make the gloves fit properly over (or under) the sleeve of your jacket.
I think sport oriented street riders will like this one for fall/spring use… maybe even winter use (depending upon your climate). And the price seems very reasonable for the feature list. :: Paul, 09-02-16