The multi-panel stretch poly-fabric and leather chassis of the Alpinestars Apex Drystar Gloves incorporate a host of safety features such as the over-molded hard knuckle protector, the patented finger-bridge and EVA foam padding reinforcements. The integrated waterproof Drystar membrane and thermal lining means this glove protection against not only an accident but the winter weather.
Stretch polyamide material upper construction with goatskin leather palm
Alpinestars Drystar waterproof and breathable membrane
100g thermal insulation on the backhand
Thumb and palm reinforcement for a superior grip
Synthetic leather reinforcements with foam padding on the palm and outer hand landing zones provide abrasion resistance in key impact zones
Patented 3rd and 4th finger bridge prevent finger roll and separation during impact
Synthetic leather molded hard knuckle protectors provides impact and abrasion protection
Touch screen compatible fingertip on index for use of touch screen devices
Pre-curved finger construction reduces rider fatigue
Wide VELCRO® brand cuff closure for easy glove entry and secure closure
Wrist fastener for a secure fit
Reflective details improve rider visibility in varying light conditions
So, these gloves are advertised as a touring glove. Maybe I'd be a little less harsh if they were called a "warm-weather touring glove."I bought these after a pair of the sedici hotwired gloves failed (the left glove kept turning itself on and off). They claim to have 100g of thinsulate and be wind and waterproof. Well, I wore them for the first time yesterday. 35 minute ride in 37 degrees. It was a very long 35 minutes. After about 2 minutes I knew these gloves were a mistake. I could feel the cold air blowing in immediately. After 5 minutes or so on the highway my hands were so cold and numb they were burning. Unfortunately, this was during my daily commute, so I had no choice but to soldier on. After work, it had warmed up to about 57, so I figured I should be okay to get home with the gloves. Nope. Still freezing. I had a pair of Nitrile gloves in my saddlebag, so I put those on underneath these gloves. It helped cut the wind, but for $90, there's no excuse for that. Seriously, the $20 Bilt tempest gloves are warmer than these. I'll be returning these tomorrow, as they are completely useless for riding when the air temp is below 60. Disappointing at best, A stars :(
I rode in light rain for about 30 mins yesterday and even though my hands were not cold my finger tips did start to get wet and they are still damp today. They do fit a little large. I normally wear XXL but tried on the XL and they fit okay. I like the extra padding and there is room for a liner if you chose to wear one. Again, my only real problem is that they are far from "waterproof" and should not be advertised as such .
I'm disappointed in these gloves to say the least. I purchased these in the store at the recommendation of the cashier for a "excellent cold weather glove". Needless to say, had I have purchased these online and had the opportunity to read the reviews, I wouldn't have made the same choice. I have an hour commute, roughly 60 miles, both ways and these just don't cut it below 60 degrees. My hand itself stays pretty warm but it's my fingertips that feel like they're on the verge of frost bite. I had to resort to using Nitrile gloves underneath and that's not what I paid $90 for! If you're in the market for a cold weather glove just go ahead and get a heated glove. You'll be warmer and money ahead in the end.
I purchased these gloves to replace my Sedici gloves which had started to split at the seams. These gloves look great but I found they don't breathe in warm weather. Today, after five minutes in a heavy Portland rainstorm, they had soaked completely through. No glove seems to stay dry in Portland rain for very long but I expected at least a little water resistance. There was virtually none. They were comfortable on long rides this summer except for the fact they don't breathe. If they worked as well as they look they would be a winner. I don't think I would recommend them or buy another pair.
I bought these for a long multi day ride. When it started raining they were soaked through in no time. Cycle gear was fantastic about it and took them back without hesitation. That makes me a more loyal customer.