ALPINESTARS GP PRO GLOVES

Hand pro­tec­tion, crash tested

Motorcyclist - - Garage - —Zack Courts

THIS SET OF GP Pro gloves has all of the things you would ex­pect from a high-end road­rac­ing ap­parel: bovine, goat, and kan­ga­roo leather, knuckle pro­tec­tion, ar­mored wrist guards, per­fo­rated pan­els for air­flow, and a price of $280. Ba­si­cally, all of the things a set of mitts should have to keep my hands in one piece should my day go pear shaped.

Luck­ily (for the sake of test­ing), I am prone to mis­takes. I en­tered Sonoma Race­way’s blind turn 3A with a bit more am­bi­tion than skill and pretty soon was slid­ing on my back­side at around 60 mph. I kept my wrists and fin­gers in as I hit the ground—a tech­nique I adapted over decades of club rac­ing—but as soon as I was slid­ing se­curely I put my hands out to steady and slow my tra­jec­tory. In do­ing so I whacked my left thumb on the pave­ment and sus­tained the only in­jury to my hand: a small blis­ter on the out­side of my thumb knuckle.

I abraded the puck on the heel of both gloves and scuffed the bot­tom of both thumbs. There’s also a thin, slightly stretchy in­sert that cov­ers the fleshy bit be­tween your thumb and in­dex fin­ger that I won­dered about. An area of the thumb nearby hit the ground but not that fab­ric.

I was most im­pressed with the lit­tle flap of leather that drapes over the wrist­clo­sure strap, which took some heat in this crash. And it did the job it was meant to do—don’t let as­phalt cut the strap and al­low the glove to come off.

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A step down from the Mo­togp-spec Su­pertechs but ter­rific pro­tec­tion and com­fort. Mi­nus half a mark for the price.

My fa­vorite part of the pro­tec­tion th­ese gloves of­fered is that I would use them again. There are no busted seams, no leather that’s worn through, and no rea­son not to let them keep pro­tect­ing my hands. It’s a lot of money to pay for gloves, there’s no ques­tion. Would cheaper ones have worked just as well? Maybe. But here I sit, hap­pily typ­ing. That’s got to be worth some­thing.

$280

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