Alpinestars Overland Drystar Gloves

Mar 29, 2013 View Comments by

Alpinestars Overland Drystar GlovesWinter gloves are usually a compromise between warmth and feel, and it’s often the attention to detail that helps strike the right balance. The Alpinestars Overland Drystar gloves incorporate many of the features that their racing-oriented gloves are known for—full gauntlets, knuckle protectors, pre-curved fit, and a “finger bridge” connecting the pinky and ring fingers above the knuckle—wrapped in a textile and leather shell. Insulation is thick and biased towards the back resulting in a surprising amount of feel for a cold-weather glove.

How much cold these gloves can take depends upon available wind protection, heated grips, and personal tolerance for the cold. In testing, the gloves performed well in temperatures approaching freezing on a mix of touring and adventure touring bikes with heated grips. My hands never felt fatigued; sometimes a problem with thick/stiff gloves, and water infiltration was never a concern. They’ve softened with wear, and now slip on and off easily. The only feature missing is a finger squeegee, although the gloves do have a rubber tip on the pointer finger for GPS touchscreens.

I usually dread the changeover from highly tactile summer gloves to cold-weather gear. Thanks to the Alpinestars Overland Drystar gloves, this is now less of a concern.

Size: S-3XL
Colors: black, hi-viz
Price: $119.95
www.alpinestars.com

 

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