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    April 8, 2013
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 Alpinestars Tech Heated Gloves
Alpinestars Tech Heated Gloves
Alpinestars Tech Heated Gloves The Tech Heated Glove features the same active heating technology as Alpinestars Tech Heated vest, coupled with a Drystar waterproof and breathable membrane to ensure controlled, consistent, heating over the whole hand. Features Main leather construction with textile inserts and synthetic suede for enhanced durability and abrasion resistance Additional abrasion resistance offered by Stone PU reinforcements on the side of the glove Alpinestars exclusive Drystar waterproof and breathable membrane keeps the hands comfortably dry in all weather conditions Double layer cuff construction to avoid thermal bridges and a storm gauntlet to fit over jacket sleeves Over-molded knuckle armor grants impact protection in a critical area Additional impact protection provided by padded foam located on top of the fingers and thumb Reinforced and padded landing zones Padded wrist reinforcement High finger bridge helps prevent excessive displacement of the 3rd and 4th fingers when sliding during an accident Reflective piping enhances rider visibility in poor light conditions Accordion stretch flex insert across thumb and top of hand Accordion flex zone on first two fingers Velcro wrist closure strap for a precise fit Zippered cuff closure Includes long Y-splitter that enables integration with the Tech Heated vest Please see the Tech Heated Gear Assembly Scheme for additional connection and usage options.
 
Overall rating 
1 / 5
1 / 5
By a margin, the worst piece of gear I own
PostedSeptember 17, 2014
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Zerok
From Manchester
State:NH
Rider Type:Kneedragger
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Fit
Small
Small
Large
After looking through other reviews I feel like I'm taking crazy pills because these gloves are genuinely the worst piece of motorcycle gear I own and the largest waste of my money in a very, very long time.
Let's start with the good aspects of the gloves. They're very pretty and have held up very well. I've been using them for nearly 8,000 miles and they don't look a day old. Kudos to Alpinestars on appearance-based build quality.
Regarding negative aspects, the list is unfortunately very long. I'll start with dexterity and finger feel. There is simply none. Of either. When using these gloves I can barely flex my hand in any direction to complete actions such as twisting the throttle, using a directional or hitting the horn. Turning on and canceling the turn signal is done with muscle memory since my left thumb can feel nothing due to the thickness of the glove. Clutching and braking are acceptable but my thumb of the appropriate hand gets pulled along when I extend my fingers. I'm also entirely unable to feel the tab on my visor when attempting to pop it open.
Moving on to the heating aspect of the gloves things get no better. The heating element is located on the back of your hand. This is fine, and would likely work well if it covered the entire back of the hand and put out an appreciable amount of heat. Unfortunately the heating element seems to miss the thumb and index finger region entirely leaving them to fend for themselves while the middle, ring and pinky fingers stay pleasantly warm. This is rather uncomfortable. Additionally I can feel a draft in the glove which originates near the index finger. Extending one's fingers even slightly results in the heating element portion of the glove losing contact with the skin and the small draft from the index finger simultaneously engulfing the remainder of the hand. This draft also serves to cool the heating element forcing it to re-warm itself. In short, one's hand gets very cold, very quickly.
The lack of dexterity and poor heating make this glove abysmal in my mind. I'd sell them on eBay, but honestly I don't want to burden some other poor soul with these things. They'd likely work well for a passenger who had their hands safely out of moving air, but short of that I consider them largely useless and an enormous waste of money for the price.
No, I do not recommend this product.
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Arai Signet-Q Karel Abraham Replica Helmet The Signet-Q takes all the favorite features of the RX-Q and create a whole new series based on all the successes. On the outside, the Arai Signet-Q Helmet looks very similar to it's namesake, the RX-Q, but on the inside you can see and feel the difference. A longer shell shape on the Arai Signet-Q Helmet gives 5mm more space front to back allowing for a larger number of heads to fit comfortably. The shape of the Arai Signet-Q Helmet releases forehead pressures and eliminate hot spots for a more comfortable fit every time. This shape works best for riders with a long oval headshape. Additional Features of the Arai Signet-Q Helmet Both the top vent set and side exhaust cowls are direct carryovers from the RX-Q Brow vent ducting redirects to flow air across the temples DDL-4 exhaust vent to the 10mm wider eye port (5mm on each side) Long Oval Fit SAI MAX-Vision Brow Vent shield Clear Pinlock Max-Vision Brow Vent Pinlock lens included Elongated shell adds 5mm from front to back Long-Oval shape helps prevent Hot-Spot Multi-Density Single piece EPS liner Removable, replaceable, washable interior Dry-Cool Surface material for rapid displacement of heat and moisture away from your head and into the ventilation airflow for added comfort while riding and a quick dry between rides 5mm peel-away temple pads adds another level of customization, giving the helmet interior a little extra width when needed Enhanced for customizable micro fitment interior without the need to purchase extra interior components New FCS (Facial Contour Support) cheek pad design Innovative and exclusive spring support adds just the right amount of pressure when needed while being worn Meets or exceeds Snell and D.O.T. standards
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great overall, but I question the cost
PostedApril 8, 2013
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Zerok
From Manchester
State:NH
Rider Type:Kneedragger
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
Noise Level
Quiet
Slightly Loud
Loud
Shape
Narrow
Long Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
This is, without question, the most comfortable helmet I've ever worn. I've ridden with a few other brands (HJC, Shoei and Amazon el-cheapo) and found this Arai to be superior to all of them in terms of lasting comfort. After hours of riding my head and neck show no signs of aches and pains. The build quality and coloration also seem top notch.
A note on fitment: My head measures 23.5" around. Based on the size chart I should be a large, but I wear a medium and it fits me perfectly. Fortunately I tried on a few Signet-Q helmets locally before buying this one online, so I knew the size chart wasn't accurate for me.
A note on cost: This is the one aspect of this helmet that I find discouraging. After watching many reviews I chose Arai because I got the impression that their helmet's safety is second-to-none. I like the DOT and SNELL certifications but can't help but feel like I paid for a name...and I hate that. Also related to cost is my new-found protectiveness of my gear. My helmet no longer gets set on my bike where it has a slight chance of being knocked off. It's always in my hand and always in a position where it can't possibly get scratched. This is probably better than my old "if it falls, it falls" mentality with my $50 Amazon helmet, but at the same time worrying about gear takes a toll mentally.
Random note: The anti-fog vents and visor insert work perfectly. I've ridden on many 30-40degF mornings with absolutely no fogging issues.
Rides: 2005 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol
Yes, I recommend this product.
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