Alpinestars Booster V2 Gloves ~ Sale
- Goat leather and abrasion-resistant stretch polyester construction.
- Microfiber and PU grip panels on palm and thumb.
- Viscoelastic knuckle protector on the interior side with foam reinforcement.
- Ergonomic stretch insert between palm and thumb.
- Accordion panels on fingers and back thumb.
- Third and fourth finger bridge prevents seam failure.
- Molded hard knuckle protector.
- Palm, thumb, and fingers padded with energy-absorbing foam.
- Wrist flap with Velcro® on cuff.
- Side wall leather reinforcement on pinky finger.
- Touchscreen compatible index fingertip and thumb.
- Pre-curved finger construction.
- CE-Certification EN 13594 2015, Level 1 KP
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.
Regarding finger length, this particular style seems to have longer-than-usual fingers. I’d say about 1/2” longer in the size XL I’m trying on. We rarely see this with Alpinestars, so I’m not sure what is different here, but anyway, if you have longer fingers and sometimes have trouble finding a fit, these may be the ones!
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Our Two Cents
Think of the Booster V2 Gloves as a “starter” sport/race glove. They have some features found on more high performance gloves, but they are designed to make them light and comfortable for everyday use.
This glove is a very minor update of the Booster glove introduced in 2017. Honestly, it looks virtually identical save for some minor styling changes. The MSRP remains the same after four years at about eighty bucks, which is a good price.
These gloves have the same molded knuckle protection you find on many Alpinestars race gloves. And you’ll find extra leather coverage in the heel of the hand and alongside the pinkie which are both areas of probable abrasion damage in case you fall. The wrist closes with a simple Velcro close strap. These gloves also have the third/fourth finger bridge found on most Alpinestars gloves these days. The bridge helps hold the pinkie close to the ring finger which is more sturdy and therefore cuts down on the potential for injury to the delicate smaller pinkie. The leather used in these gloves is a soft goatskin with some overlays of microfiber material (man-made leather), both of which is a very popular material for gloves since they perform well well with abrasion resistance and their resistance to damage from sweat.
I can see these gloves being a very practical choice for the everyday street rider who wants a sportier look, but without the bulk and complexity (and cost) of more aggressive designs. :: Paul, 05-28-21