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Alpinestars Gloves – Jet Road Gore-Tex Review

Alpinestars Gloves Motorcycle Jet RoadI picked these Jet Road Gore-Tex Alpinestars gloves up second hand after being thoroughly disappointed with my Hein Gericke Pathan gloves. I opted for them based on their widespread regard on various motorcycle forums and due to their abundance on eBay cheap. As such, I found this pair in almost new condition for £30, a bargain considering they sell new for over £100.

The Alpinestars gloves are made from Gore-tex, so totally waterproof. On top of this is, there are sections of leather and a decent amount of knuckle protection. There are two Velcro straps per glove one around the wrist under a flap and one on the cuff. I found the cuff a bit on the short side and didn’t go over my jacket very well, thus letting in a draft and water. My arms are quite long though. These gloves aren’t however the latest iteration, later versions appear to resolve this with an extended storm cuff.

Winter Test of Jet Road Alpinestars Gloves

Alpinestars Jet Road Gloves BacksThe Jet Road Alpinestars gloves are fairly padded, but when November arrived, I found them too cold. At this point, I switched to some Gerbing’s heated gloves. However these had to be sent back last week due to a fault, so I reverted back to the Alpinestars gloves and gave them a proper winter test. With the temperature hovering around freezing, woolly gloves underneath and after just a couple miles through town my fingers were completely numb. On hitting the dual carriageway and getting some speed up, my hands were very cold and I was in a lot of pain. Not good. As such, I can’t recommend these for winter.

In the wet, they hold up well, the Gore-tex really comes into its own. I did however have to keep fiddling with the cuffs to prevent any leaks.

Alpinestars Jet Road Gloves PalmsTo sum up, for the second-hand price these Jet Road Alpinestars gloves are a bargain. They are leagues ahead of my old Hein Gericke gloves in terms of warmth and waterproofness. However, if you want to stick with them all winter, you’ll need some heated grips, muffs or some serious faring to keep you warm. Just try to look out for the later version with a better cuff.

Rating 4/5

This version of the Alpinestars Jet Road gloves have been discontinued, but there are a number of newer updated versions of them.

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By Arthur

Seasoned London commuter, doing my best to stay rubber side down and never stop moving forward.

2 replies on “Alpinestars Gloves – Jet Road Gore-Tex Review”

Oh they look like a good find!

I own a lot of pairs of gloves, but I must say, even though I have a few which claim to be gore-tex, I have never owned any that are completely waterproof. Luckily it’s not too much of a problem. I just ensure that I pack 2 spare pairs of gloves when I go away on my motorcycle for the weekend (or longer)

Maybe I’ll check out these ones – I’m sure the length will be just right for my arms since I’m a tiny person!

You should definitely sort out some decent waterproof gloves, wet gloves just leads to cold fingers and not fun at all. These Alpinestar Jet Road gloves fit the bill and are cheap (2nd hand). That said, my Gerbing’s XR12 I’m using for the winter have held up in the wet well too. Although not sold as waterproof, they recommend some leather waterproofing, so I covered them in the NikWax Glove Proof, which did the trick. I don’t see why you couldn’t use this on pairs you already have. Just don’t go too mad on the palms, as it can make them a little slippery to begin with.

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