Mechanics style gloves are designed to protect your hands from cuts, burns, and impacts while turning wrenches, but their combination of durable materials and lightweight chassis also makes them popular for riding. These Mech Pro Gloves from Alpinestars are a great choice for the grease monkey, rocket jockey, or both. These gloves are made of synthetic suede and a highly breathable spandex material. There is an even lighter weight version made of the same materials but with less padding and reinforcement called the Mech Air gloves. The fit of these gloves is pretty standard for a mechanics glove. They fit snug to offer good control over your tools or controls. They don’t have much of a pre-curve to the shape, so they aren’t going to be a great distance glove, but their light weight and unrestricted range of motion make them a bike night hoppers dream.
Let’s look at some of the features. Starting on the palm side, you can see the synthetic suede material that is reinforced with extra panels and padding to protect your hands. The fourchettes on the fingers are perforated for added airflow. As we move toward the wrist, you can see the branded pull tap for easy on and the hook and loop wrist strap. If we flip the glove over, you can see that the finger tips are protected by more of the synthetic suede from the palm, with the Astar on the index finger. This added protection is one of the features that are not found on the lighter weight Mech Air version. The areas on the top of the hand with the sublimated graphics are made of a highly breathable spandex that does a great job of providing a good snug fit and flows a lot of air. The knuckles are protected by a high density foam pad beneath this synthetic suede panel featuring an additional Astars logo.