Alpinestars Crosser Air Touring gloves review

Review
Alpinestars Crosser Air Touring gloves

Overall SBS Rating 84 /100
Reviewed by: David Crampton
 SIMON LEE
Review Conditions
Mileage
2000
Seasons
Spring-Summer
Motorcycle
BMW R1200GS Adventure

When setting off for a riding trip in New Zealand’s temperate summer climate I wanted a pair of fine weather gloves and settled on the Alpinestars Crosser Air Touring gloves.

These gloves are a bit thicker and heavier than I would normally use in fine weather conditions and I was initially concerned that I wouldn’t like these gloves because they were quite bulky compared to what I normally use.

I needn’t have worried, as I soon got used to them and found them extremely comfortable. In fact, these have now become my fine weather glove of choice.

Alpinestars describe these gloves as made from premium leather, stretch air mesh and synthetic suede main chassis.

Initial stiffness in the gloves didn’t last for many miles and they quickly moulded to my hands, becoming very comfortable with none of the discomfort you sometimes experience from glove seams. They are also flexible enough to give feel and grip on the bike’s controls.

The ventilation mesh worked reasonably well in warm weather and I was also surprised by how warm they kept me in lower temperatures.

They are easy to put on and take off, the touchscreen fingertips are a useful feature if you want to look at your phone without removing the gloves.

These gloves were a good choice for my adventure in NZ. Since my return to the UK I continue to use them on a regular basis.

They have hard knuckle protection and a mesh back panel for ventilation and padding in the palm area, while the wrist is closed with a Velcro fastener.

84/100
Short summer gloves scores
  1. Fit & Comfort
  2. Protection
  3. Ventilation
  4. Build Quality
  5. Features

Fit & Comfort

18/ 20
A note of caution… I take a medium in every other glove I own, yet in these I needed an XL. The gloves have moulded nicely to my hands and are comfortable when my hands are folded around the bike controls, though the fingers are a little long, particularly the small finger. The gloves’ conductive fingers means I can use my phone with the gloves on.

Protection

17/ 20
The gloves are CE Certified to level 1. There is a finger bridge between the ring and little finger.

Ventilation

17/ 20
These gloves have reasonably good ventilation across the back and into the fingers.

Build quality

18/ 20
The build quality is good. I look forward to using them for many miles into the future.

Features

14/ 20
They have a reasonable number of features and do everything I want them to do.