Alpinestars Valparaiso Drystar Gloves
With all the essentials for a perfect waterproof touring glove, the Alpinestars Valparaiso Drystar Gloves are designed for miles of riding comfort. The Drystar waterproof membrane is combined with an insulated membrane for comfort in multitudes of weather conditions. Knuckle protection and a third and fourth finger-bridge is standard for the best in crash protection.
- Leather, suede and advanced poly-fabric textile construction incorporating the innovative MCFit material technology to offer optimized grip, waterproofing and breathability thanks to a DRYSTAR membrane
- MCFit’s sealed triple layer construction affords a highly reduced material construction to promote dexterity and sensitivity of bike controls
- Insulated membrane for excellent heat retention performance in colder climates
- Alpinestars patented third and fourth finger-bridge prevents contortion and separation of the fingers in the event of impact slide
- Over molded, advanced PU knuckle protection covered by leather for styling and durability
- Reflective detailing improves rider visibility at night or in poor conditions
- Flexible accordion poly-fabric panels on fingers, thumb and back of hand for increased maneuverability and fit
- Leather palm with suede reinforcements on palm, fingers, thumb and heel of hand
- Dual VELCRO® brand closures wrist closure system ensures fully adjustable, weather-tight closure
- EVA foam padding on fingers, thumb and wrist
- Reflective detailing on fingers for improved visibility
- Convenient soft TPU visor wipe on left hand
After I came back from a deployment I realized it wasn't summer anymore and my hands nearly froze off in the morning hours on the way to work. After that, I promptly placed my summer gloves into hibernation for the winter and began my search for some gloves that'll keep feeling in my fingers.
I arrived at the Cycle Gear closest to my location and started my search in the vast selection of jackets for hands. After about an hour of fashion fingers I made my decision on these Alpinestars.
Now these gloves has an internal liner built in with 2 straps, one on the gauntlet and one on the bottom of the wrist that fitted me quite well. Finger flex wise was great. I didn't have to work out my fingers just to do some basic functions like pick things out of my pocket. After a quick purchase and a few days later came the trial.
My commute was only roughly about 30 minutes on the highway. Rolling through the streets doing roughly 30-40 Mph in about 40 degree weather, the gloves held up. Doing highway speed (70+ Mph because Cali) in 40 degree weather, the gloves started to loose its warmth. Now, it was no where near the pain of the summer gloves. But it was an upgrade. I think if I put on a pair of the Bilt glove liners it would do the trick.
Bottom line is: It works great for cooler weather and is very rain resistant as of today since the skies decided to cry for a bit, probably because it was Monday.
PROS: I Can Feel My Hands
CONS: Still A Tad Bit Cold
BEST USES: Cooler weather, Regular Weather, Is That Rain In Cali
As a spring/fall glove these are fantastic, except when it really rains. In a light rain they will keep your hands dry but during a downpour all bets are off. I understand getting some rain rolling down your sleeve into your glove. There isn't much that can be done about that except get a jacket with wide enough sleeves to tuck the cuff into. But when you go to wipe the rain off your visor and your thumb is instantly soaked you have found the limitations of the waterproofing, and all you can do is hope that your gloves dry out enough for your trip home.
By the way, they are miserable to try to put your hands into when they are soaked... My next pair of gloves will likely be gore-tex, and if that fails, at least I can leave a pair of "waterproof" gloves at work to swap on the way home, to give them more time to dry.
First off, I had to exchange twice to get a decent size. Tried a L, too small and cut off circulation. Got an XL, and they were still a bit too tight. Now, I have an XXL, and they're decent enough.
I wore these in the 50's, and now the low 40's last night, and if my hands had nuts, they surely would have fallen off. They're almost no better than wearing my Summer Celer gloves (which I love). After 10 minutes, I can't feel my hands anyway, and better off saving the money. The gauntlet was OK, and kept the wind from running up my arms at least.
There is no touch sensitive fingers, so that totally blows. For $120, it's just silly they don't have that (and highly inconvenient).
I did have them through a brief light rain, and they were OK I guess, as in, my hands didn't get wet. The thumb wiper was fine.
I think if you need gloves to go through wet weather that doesn't get below 50, these will probably suffice. I'm still not sure I'm going to keep them. I guess they're better than Summer gloves as far as wet protection, but I'll definitely be looking into heated grips if I keep them.
Again, try the Corozals first. Way better gloves, and cheaper. They also keep you decently warm even into the 30's.
|Product Style||Item #||Manufacturer Product #||Availability|
|Black / SM||946964||3526014-10-S/3521014-10-S||Available: Requires 1-3 business days of lead time prior to shipment|
|Black / MD||946965||3526014-10-M/3521014-10-M||Available: Requires 1-3 business days of lead time prior to shipment|
|Black / LG||946966||3526014-10-L/3521014-10-L||In Stock: Ships within 24 hours|
|Black / XL||946967||3526014-10-XL/3521014-10-XL||In Stock: Ships within 24 hours|
|Black / 2XL||946968||3526014-10-2X/3521014-10-2X||Available: Requires 1-3 business days of lead time prior to shipment|
|Black / 3XL||946969||3526014-10-3X/3521014-10-3X||Available: Requires 1-3 business days of lead time prior to shipment|
|SM / Black/Yellow||946970||3526014-155-S/3521014-155-S||Available: Requires 3-5 business days of lead time prior to shipment|
|MD / Black/Yellow||946971||3526014-155-M/3521014-155-M||Available: Requires 1-3 business days of lead time prior to shipment|
|LG / Black/Yellow||946972||3526014-155-L/3521014-155-L||Available: Requires 1-3 business days of lead time prior to shipment|
|XL / Black/Yellow||946973||3526014-155-XL/3521014-155-XL||Available: Requires 1-3 business days of lead time prior to shipment|
|2XL / Black/Yellow||946974||3526014-155-2X/3521014-155-2X||In Stock: Ships within 24 hours|
|3XL / Black/Yellow||946975||3526014-155-3X/3521014-155-3X||In Stock: Ships within 24 hours|
|SM / Cool Grey/Black||946976||3526014-901-S/3521014-901-S||In Stock: Ships within 24 hours|
|MD / Cool Grey/Black||946977||3526014-901-M/3521014-901-M||Available: Requires 1-3 business days of lead time prior to shipment|
|LG / Cool Grey/Black||946978||3526014-901-L/3521014-901-L||In Stock: Ships within 24 hours|
|XL / Cool Grey/Black||946979||3526014-901-XL/3521014-901-XL||Available: Requires 1-3 business days of lead time prior to shipment|
|2XL / Cool Grey/Black||946980||3526014-901-2X/3521014-901-2X||Available: Requires 2-3 business days of lead time prior to shipment|
|3XL / Cool Grey/Black||946981||3526014-901-3X/3521014-901-3X||Available: Requires 3-5 business days of lead time prior to shipment|