Alpinestars Waterproof Summer Motorcycle Gloves

Waterproof summer motorcycle gloves? Waterproof summer gloves are part of the arsenal you need in your wardrobe, but how do you choose a pair that is right for the warmer weather? Well, read on!

What makes great waterproof summer motorcycle gloves different?

Many waterproof motorcycle gloves are also padded, which makes them too warm for Summer use

For the majority of time, you will need gloves that are windproof, reducing the windchill effect, and waterproof, just in case of an April shower or unexpected evening downpour. So, a sensible choice! But, a lot of waterproof motorcycle gloves are also padded for mid-season use, which makes them too warm for the main summer months. What you want are gloves that are highly breathable AND weather-proof. What you need are the gloves reviewed here!

Alpinestars has the tech needed

Alpinestars’ waterproof summer gloves are available with extra breathable waterproof membranes

Alpinestars presents an array of waterproof gloves models for summer riding, incorporating styles to cover all end-uses from tried-and-tested racing and touring, to urban riding styles. We have singled out the Alpinestars brand here because of their technology: In addition to the pedigree of the brand, Alpinestars have laminate waterproofing technology such as ‘Drystar Performance’ and ‘Gore-Tex Goregrip’ at their disposal. And, THAT is what you need to make true, high-performance waterproof summer motorcycle gloves.

Alpinestars Patron Gore-Tex Goregrip gloves

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The Alpinestars Patron gloves are technically advanced with top-notch quality materials. Finished in fine quality black leather, these gloves offer superb long-distance riding comfort. The waterproofing is provided through laminate Gore-Tex Goregrip: That means to you that the Gore-Tex membrane is bonded to the leather shell, which in turn means the gloves shell is a single layer that is waterproof while providing the direct grip that only an unlined glove can normally provide.

Gore-Tex Goregrip makes the Patron gloves extremely breathable while bringing the assurance of waterproofness. Safety is achieved using protection features adopted from the Alpinestars racing gloves range including the patented third to fourth finger bridge and a palm landing zone protector. Protection and comfort are supported by the viscoelastic knuckle which provides superb fit and superior impact absorption.

  • Gore-Tex Goregrip – High performance waterproof and breathable membrane with reduced material mass offering the best direct contact with the handlebar.
  • Third-to-Fourth Finger Bridge – Patented technology from Alpinestars, which is proven to reduce “finger roll”-related injuries.
  • Landing Zone Protector – High impact protection in the key area of the palm.
  • Viscoelastic Knuckles – Superbly comfortable knuckle protection.
  • Accordion Stretch Zones – Placed on each finger and across the wrist to ensure fit and comfort.
Alpinestars Patron GTX waterproof summer motorcycle gloves
 

Alpinestars SP-Z Drystar Performance gloves

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The Alpinestars SP-Z gloves are ideal for the practical sport rider. In the most part they are constructed from leather and come in a variety of colours to reflect the motorsport heritage. There is standard solid black as well as colourways to match the performance jackets in the Alpinestars collection. Drystar Performance is a less pricey alternative to Gore-Tex Goregrip, yet performs almost as well: Great contact with the ‘bike, superb breathability for hot days, and reliable waterproofing. The PU knuckle is extremely robust, ideal for riders who want top-level protection. Protection is further enhanced by the patented third-to-fourth finger bridge derived from track-level racing gloves.

  • Drystar Performance – Alpinestars’ own high performance laminate membrane is super breathable and very waterproof at a keener price than Gore-Tex.
  • PU Knuckle – Robust and visible protection for the knuckle featuring heat stamped Alpinestars logo.
  • Third-to-Fourth Finger Bridge – Patented technology from Alpinestars, which is proven to reduce “finger roll”-related injuries.
  • Race-level Cuff and Wrist Closure – Highly adjustable making it compatible with different jacket types and rider preferences.
  • Performance Colour Options – Offered in black, as well as track-inspired colour options.
Alpinestars SP-Z Drystar waterproof summer motorcycle gloves
 

Alpinestars Belize Drystar Performance gloves

(SHOP: Buy the Alpinestars Belize Drystar gloves here)

The Alpinestars Belize glove is the perfect choice for tourers who may also like to venture off the asphalt. These gloves are superbly supple with a three quarter length cuff to ensure that they offer a great level of protection yet have the flexibility for more dynamic off-road riding. The laminate Drystar Performance membrane offers great feedback from the ‘bike and performs well in hot climates, whilst also bringing the assurance of making the Belize waterproof. A matt carbon-reinforced knuckle shows that the Belize means business! A highly abrasion-resistant AR shield on the fourth finger and the landing zone protectors complete this highly protective glove. The colour options available reflect the off-road pedigree!

  • Drystar Performance – Alpinestars’ own high performance laminate membrane is super breathable and very waterproof at a keener price than Gore-Tex.
  • Matt Carbon Knuckle – Stand out protection for the rider with hard carbon knuckle protection.
  • Landing Zone Protector – Gives a high impact protection in key area of the palm.
  • Race-level Cuff and Wrist Closure – Highly adjustable making it compatible with different jacket types and rider preferences.
  • Off-road Colour Options – Colour options to reflect the off-road pedigree.
Alpinestars Belize Drystar waterproof summer motorcycle gloves
 

Alpinestars Syncro Drystar Performance gloves

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The Alpinestars Synchro glove offers performance style for urban riding. The gloves are finished in a subtle black with low profile reflective details, which offer passive safety on tightly packed urban roads. A shorter cuff creates a more compact dimension, making the Synchro gloves easy to slip into a pocket whilst at the office. The Drystar Performance laminate membrane reduces the feeling of volume on the hand as it does with all of the gloves on this review. Protection features include a sturdy PU knuckle, extensive EVA padding on the palm, fingers, and back of the hand, alongside a durable leather on the palm.

  • Drystar Performance – Alpinestars’ own high performance laminate membrane is super breathable and very waterproof at a keener price than Gore-Tex.
  • PU Knuckle – Overlaid with stretch fabric this is a protective hard knuckle.
  • EVA Padding – Energy absorbing foam across the palm, fingers, and back of hand give added protection.
  • Reflective Detailing – Passive safety on busy urban roads.
  • Urban Colour – Offered in black and grey/black to match any casual or urban style.
Alpinestars Syncro Drystar waterproof summer motorcycle gloves
 

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How to choose the Best Waterproof Summer Motorcycle Gloves

Having decided that you may face the chance of being caught out in the rain during a summer ride, which waterproof summer motorcycle gloves are best will be based on a variety of factors: The typical length of your ride, whether these gloves have to be THE main option for the season or are an ‘add on’ to the wardrobe. All of the gloves discussed here perform the function of keeping you dry but differ a little in how they do it and in what else they offer.

1/ Waterproof Summer Motorcycle Gloves Need Super-Breathable Membranes

Alpinestars offer a range of membranes that are breathable so to avoid hot, sweaty hands. In each case the membrane is a bonded laminate making the shell material and the membrane a single layer: More breathable, no lining to pull out, and direct contact with the handlebars without the distractions of lining layers. Offered with Gore-Tex Goregrip, the Alpinestars Patron gloves reassure with the Gore-Tex lifetime waterproof guarantee. The other glove options here offer an almost equal performance using a laminate membrane solution with Alpinestars’ proprietary Drystar Performance lining. Three considerations:

2/ Choose Right Between Knuckle Protectors

All of the waterproof summer motorcycle gloves featured here are foremost intended to offer great protection in the event of a spill. In each case, an impact-absorbing knuckle protector is part of the solution. Where the knuckles use moulded Viscoelastic the fit is more adaptable and, once warm, these protectors are more comfortable to the hand than the carbon shell knuckle protectors of the Belize gloves or the PU knuckle shells of the SP-Z gloves. Those looking for a more visibly striking knuckle may prefer something that is not overlaid with leather or stretch fabric such as the Synchro.

3/ Evaluate The Overall Protection

Beyond knuckle protection, quality materials such as the full grain leather used on the Patron gloves bring added protection. In some cases this is complemented by a landing zone protector on the palm or additional elements such as the AR shield found on the Belize.

4/ Select A Short Or A Long Cuff Length

Based on the style of your ‘bike, your type of riding, and the other garments to be worn, the length of cuff will influence which is best for you. A longer cuff, like the one on the SP-Z gloves, will happily tuck under the cuff of the jacket sleeve. This offers added waterproofness. The longer cuff also gives an additional point of fitment. But, it will feel more bulky. If the planned ride is a quick trip to the shops or the other side of town the Synchro gloves comes out on top for sheer practicality.


 

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