Alpinestars GP Pro R2 Gloves - 2017 ::

Alpinestars GP Pro R2 Gloves - 2017 (SOLD OUT)

  • Constructed from supple and durable full-grain cow and goat leather associated with kangaroo leather on palm
  • Localized perforations on palm and backhand, ventilated fourchettes keep the hands cool
  • Ergonomic – engineered leather reinforcements on the palm and outer hand landing zones provide maximum abrasion resistance in key impact zones
  • Ergonomic stretch insert on palm
  • Pre-curved finger construction reduces rider fatigue
  • Alpinestars Dynamic Friction Shield (DFS) knuckle protection system features dual density mold construction for superior resistance to repeated impacts
  • Molded knuckle protection air intakes and exhaust ports for improved hand ventilation
  • Injected TPU palm and finger slider for superior impact and abrasion resistance
  • TPU injected adjustable cuff panel for superior impact and abrasion resistance with high grip Velcro closure for security
  • Velcro wrist adjustable closure strap
  • Internal top surface hand and thumb *lining made with DuPont® Kevlar® fiber
  • Internal little finger lining made with DuPont® Kevlar® fiber
  • Alpinestars patented third and fourth finger bridge prevents finger roll separation in the event of a slide
  • Vented TPR on backhand zone
  • Palm pad panel combined into palm / thumb reinforcement
  • External finger and palm seams for a close fit and superior feel
  • Touchscreen compatible index fingertip allows the use of smartphone and GPS systems (we couldn’t see any material to make these compatible and they didn’t work with our cell phones)
  • Printed logos

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Sizing Information

Like most Alpinestars gloves, these gloves run a bit smaller than most glove brands we carry. And in a race glove like this that is made to fit pretty snugly the smaller fit is even more of an issue, therefore I’d recommend you buy one size larger than you normally buy in most brands (other than Alpinestars). 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

Alpinestars has produced variants of the GP Pro glove for a LONG time and with each version they tweak the fit and features and upgrade the styling a bit. This new “R2” version is brand new for the fall off 2017. These gloves have earned a repluation of being highly protective and comfortable while not being in the stratosphere for price. This glove uses a variety of materials… cow leather, kangaroo in the palm, molded protectors, and on and on… I’m amazed how many materials can be combined in one small piece of gear and still, the gloves feel great and look sharp.

Alpinestars offer a few key features that are a bit beyond what you find in other brand’s race gloves. One is the improved crash protection on the outside of the hand. There is a double layer of leather combined with Kevlar and some foam padding from the heel of the hand all the way down the pinkie. Although you can see it and feel it from the outside, from inside you really can’t even tell it is there, so flexibility is retained. The little finger and ring finger are joined by leather pieces which has now become a very common feature on Alpinestars gloves. The joining of the two fingers gives your more delicate little finger more of a chance to avoid injury if “splinted” to the ring finger. Again, not something you’ll notice, but it is a nice technical enhancement. The other thing I like about these gloves is the finger construction. The seams are to the outside, which means the raw ends of the leather panels that make up the glove are not folded inside against your fingers. This is common with a lot of higher end gloves such as Held as well. The “boxed” finger design allows for a comfortable snug fit without pinching.

The heel of the hand and the outside of the wrist bones get a molded plastic protector which will provide protection, and allow the glove to slide rather than “catch” on pavement in case of a fall. The gloves use perforated leather between the fingers and some parts of the back of the hand. The overall feel of the gloves is not heavy and I think they will flow air well. Of course you get basic things like knuckle protection and a positive Velcro close wrist strap. Overall, another nice version of their most popular race glove model. :: Paul, 09-27-16

Update: I asked our Alpinestars rep to list out the features of this new version that are different/better than the previous version and here is the reply:

CE level 2 (highest level)

New DFS knuckle design (from the GP Tech)

New DFS poly cuff, much lower profile than previous generation

Less seams in the palm

Aramid stretch panel at the base of the thumb

More venting through the glove

Outside of the hand has no seams (better for impact absorption)

Kangaroo leather palm (previous gen was bovine)

DuPont® Kevlar® lining from finger tips to the base of the cuff

Happy Customers Who Bought This Product

From: Marco L.
Location: California

The Alpinestars GP Pro R2 Gloves-2017 are very good CE2 rated, protective racing gauntlets; and at the MCG sale price, it is a compelling bargain (if you can find a size that fits). I'm a newer sportrider and wanted to upgrade/replace my current... (Read more...)