Riding in chilly weather gets way more enjoyable with the Alpinestars Rage Drystar Gloves. These Italian designed and Vietnamese made gloves are ideal for someone seeking a thin, short cuff option that’s capable of keeping your mitts dry and toasty during the cooler fall, winter and spring months.
Available in two colors (black/red and black/white/red), the Rage gloves are a medium-duty cold weather option that balances dexterity, protection and of course, warmth. They have a tad looser fit— but not enough to require you to veer off your typical size, based on our size medium example.
The exterior is fabricated from a combination of leather and polyamide fabric that give a hybrid look and feel. Polyamide is used specifically for its resistance to abrasion and ability to resist wear when pressed/squeezed, as you would while moving your hands and gripping the handlebar. Small accordion panels atop the three top fingers complement the pre-curved construction for optimum fit. Grip material is also sewn into the top of the palm and thumb bridge.
The material is sealed from the elements using Alpinestars proprietary Drystar membrane, which is thinner than other comparable waterproof offerings. Inside, the gloves offer a soft fur-like interior that’s cozy. A good-sized Velcro strap ensures a snug fit at the wrist. We haven’t worn them in the rain so we can’t vouch for their effectiveness in those conditions, but we have ridden in temperatures down in the low-40s with no ill-effect.
Depending on blood circulation and personal resistance to cold, most will find that 50 to 60 degree temperatures, are generally the comfort sweet spot for these mitts. Above 70-degrees your hands will likely feel a tad bit clammy, but the liner does a fine job of wicking away perspiration.
In typical Alpinestars sport fashion, the Rage is loaded with signature safety features including a finger bridge connecting the third and pinky finger to mitigate separation in a crash. The outer side along the pinky is reinforced with added leather and a large combined TPR (thermoplastic rubber) and carbon fiber slider on the palm’s outer edge. EVA foam is also used nearby and atop the three main fingers and thumb knuckle. The primary knuckle area also gets a heavy-duty, combined carbon fiber TPR knuckle component.
From the outside looking in, the Rage gloves appear “overbuilt”— but that’s a good thing. Comfortable, warm and loaded with safety features, if you want a high-quality chilly weather glove you’ll be hard pressed to find a better example.