Alpinestars Stella Andes Drystar Gloves For Women
- Premium leather, suede, softshell and advanced stretch textile main chassis for comfort and durability.
- Softshell and stretch fabric on the backhand for freedom of movement.
- Soft viscoelastic compound knuckle guard which is ergonomically profiled for rider comfort.
- Double hook and loop grip closure system on wrist for a secure fit.
- Long cuff design offers extended coverage of the wrist area.
- Drystar® performance membrane construction for guaranteed waterproofness and sensitivity when operating the bike’s controls.
- CE-certified (CAT II Level 1, KP).
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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
The Andes Outdry glove offered waterproof construction and protection features in a street or adventure riding glove. This one is non-insulated but is windproof. The palms are leather so you retain a good feel for the controls.
Alpinestars usually use their own house brand of waterproofing material they call Drystar, but with this glove, they are using Outdry for the waterproofing membrane. We’ve seen this material on several gloves and boots in the last season or two. Most of those products are very high priced and they compare the performance to GoreTex, so when I saw this glove used Outdry, I was expecting to see a lofty price, but these gloves are pretty competitively priced. Great!
These gloves have protection features than most waterproof designs, but the styling largely hides that fact. I like how the soft neoprene-like material on the back of the hand covers the molded knuckle protector. That protector is VERY flexible but feels sturdy enough, so these should be very comfortable to wear right away.
Like good sport/race gloves, these have a positive closure strap at the wrist to keep them securely on your hand in case of a fall and I see some extra padding in the heel of the hand. There is an extra layer of suede in that are that extends on up your pinkie.
The cuff on this glove is flexible but has a good bit of adjustability so I think it would work either over or under a sleeve cuff which might solve some problems for some folks who struggle to fit a gauntlet glove under a bulky sleeve.
As I said, the pricing on this glove seems very competitive and it has more protective features than most waterproof styles out on the market these days, so I think this one is definitely worth a shot for you. :: Paul, 03-28-19
Alpinestars says: Featuring Alpinestars exclusive 100% waterproof and breathable membrane, the Stella Andes Touring glove has been specifically designed for women. This glove has sturdy protective armor on the knuckles, finger sliders, and reflective inserts to make the rider more visible to other road users. It also comes equipped with a touchscreen-compatible fingertip for use with GPS systems and smartphones.