GP-X gloves are one of my favorite new glove offerings from Alpine, and are an
excellent choice for the rider looking for premium all leather gloves with many
trickle down features from the racetrack with a short cuff for the street.
Starting with the palms, these GP-X gloves have leather fingers with externally
stitched seams. If you’ve not yet tried a pair of gloves with externally
stitched seams you’re missing out. There is very little break in necessary and
the feel of your bike’s controls is amazing. On the pinky is a TPR slider. This
slider is mounted to a padded leather panel that runs down the finger to side of
the hand, then across the palm to the padding here near the wrist. Also mounded
to this panel is a TPU slider to reduce grabbing and protect the metacarpal
bones on the outside of the hand. If we go back up the hand, we can see the
suede panel that cross the palm onto the thumb. These offer excellent grip and a
little extra abrasion resistance. While we’re looking at the thumb, you can see
the padded open back thumb design and the accordion style stretch panel. Down
toward the wrist is a leather pull tab with my intramural basketball stats from
1988 printed on it. I appreciate the love. Also near the wrist, is this Velcro
wrist strap on the mini gauntlet for a secure fit.
If we flip the glove over, we can see the balance of the many features. The
finger tips are protected by these reinforced leather panels with perforated
inserts on the two middle fingers for added breathability. The index finger and
pinky are garnished with some clean looking A-stars branding. The
pinky also features the finger bridge that holds the pinky to the hand to
minimize injury in a spill. As we move down the hand, you can see the dual
density polymer knuckle protection. This is some of the trickle down track tech
we were talking about earlier. This system has these ridges on it which promotes
good abrasion resistance, and like the slider on the palm, minimizes sticking of
the glove to the street in a slide. The frame that supports this knuckle
protection has an open back design. This feature allows this knuckle area to be
very rigid without detracting from the glove’s flexibility.
Finally, as we get to the wrist, you can see this padded area with the TPR
Astars logo that is designed to protect your ulna and carpal bones.
Alpinestars GP-X gloves are an excellent choice for the rider looking for a
premium glove with racetrack level features for use on the street.