Joseph
 
 
 
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    July 12, 2011
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    May 6, 2016
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Alpinestars SP Air Gloves The Alpinestars SP Air Gloves give sport riders some warm weather relief with strategically perforated full grain leather and 3D mesh for maximum airflow. Protective features from Alpinestars' race gloves are integrated into the SP Air in the form of polymer hard knuckles, palm sliders and a reinforced landing area. Improved ergonomics give the SP Air Gloves all-day riding comfort. Construction: Supple, durable full-grain leather chassis incorporating strategically placed 3D mesh inserts for optimized airflow and comfort Ergonomically profiled synthetic suede reinforcements on the palm and outer hand landing zones provide maximum abrasion resistance in key impact zones Exceptional Cooling Localized perforations on palm and backhand surface and ventilated and mesh finger sidewalls offer exceptional all-round air flow TPR air intakes on fingers and knuckle protection prevent the build-up of sweat and heat while riding Performance Fit Alpinestars exclusive ergonomic stretch insert between palm and thumb offers improved range of hand movement and greater sensitivity while operating the bike controls Long gauntlet cuff construction offers extended coverage and comfort for the lower arm and can be tightly and securely closed over the jacket sleeve to form an excellent seal against the weather Pre-curved finger construction reduces rider fatigue while offering excellent comfort and fit Ergonomic injected TPU palm slider for superior impact and abrasion resistance in key area Race-proven, injected TPU knuckle protector to absorb and dissipate impact while providing air cooling thanks to its specifically engineered vents Alpinestars patented third and fourth finger bridge prevents protection rolling around the finger and roll separation in the event of a slide Palm, fingers and backhand padded with energy absorbing EVA foam for additional protection Velcro wrist adjuster and wide Velcro strap on the cuff provide a secure and adjusted closure Leather stretch accordion and Lycra gussets on fingers and thumb for superior fit and flexibility Touchscreen compatible index fingertip and thumb allow the use of smartphone and GPS systems Printed and embroidered logos and detailing
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Not my traditional Alpinestars fit
PostedMay 6, 2016
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Joseph
From Chicago
State:IL
Rider Type:Gear Geek
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Features 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Fit
Small
Small
Large
I have two problems with the SP-Air. First, they feel way too stiff and bulky for summer gloves. Second, and more significantly, the fit. Alpinestars have consistently been my go-to glove with perfect sizing and comfort. My unlined A-Star gloves (such as the SP-1 and GP-Pro) are all XXL. My lined A-Star gloves (such as the Gore-Tex Stormrider and Apex Drystar) are all XXXL. By following this sizing guideline, every Alpinestar glove I have ever tried on has fit me dead on perfect - until the SP-Air. This glove just fits me all wrong. Somehow, it's both too loose and too tight at the same time, at different parts of my hand. The pre-curve is too aggressive and stiff, yet there is material bunched up on the back. The thumbs are too short, yet there is somehow excess material uncomfortably bunched up in the thumb "crotch" (for lack of a better term). Coming from a worn-out 10 year old pair of original Held AirStreams, I thought I could save a few bucks by replacing them with the SP-Air, but I'll be exchanging these for the AirStream II.
Rides: 2004 Aprilia RST1000 Futura
No, I do not recommend this product.
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 Arai Profile Helmet - Solid
Arai Profile Helmet - Solid
Arai Profile Solid Helmet Long-oval fit Brow Vent Faceshield Ventilation System provides cooling air in upper face area without holesin critical forehead area of the shell or in the impact-absorbing liner material Optically-correct pre-formed faceshieldsbetter vision, UV ray protection with less distortion De-Mist Lock faceshield tab pushes forward to open the shield slightlyhelps clear fogging Removable Breathguardreduces fogging by deflecting breath away from faceshield CLC (Complex Laminate Construction) shellfiberglass composite is stronger andlighterallows use of softer, less-dense liner materials inside for increased rider comfort FFS (FreeFlow System)reduces wind turbulence while increasing the exhaust of hot airfrom the facial area Dual Intake/Dual Exhaust Ventilationdual TDF-2 top intake vents and DDL-3bridged exhaust vents designed to draw significant volume of air from helmet interior Multiple-Foam Interiors for comfort Rear Exhaust Channel and Vent adds a racy look while drawing hot air from helmet interior Fully removable liner and cheek pads Enhanced pull down chin spoiler, increases exhaust of hot breath to minimize shield fogging Meets or exceeds Snell M2010 and D.O.T. standards
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Exactly what I expected
PostedJuly 12, 2011
Customer avatar
Joseph
From Chicago
State:IL
Rider Type:Gear Geek
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Long Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
If you've got a "long oval" head shape, then your search is over. This is your helmet.
This is my second Profile - my first one was sacrificed to save my skull in a track-day high side. My older one was holding up brilliantly. Nothing had come loose or stopped working over the 5 years and many tens of thousands of miles of ownership. I was so happy with the fit, function, durability, and safety - I simply replaced my crashed Profile with a new one.
And don't let the Arai shield change system intimidate you. Once you get over the initial fear that you're going to break something on your expensive new helmet and just just give it a good tug, shield removal and re-installation is a breeze, and honestly takes me no longer than a Shoei. (If you want to see a pointlessly over-complicated and time consuming shield system - go try a Suomy Spec 1R Extreme.) And those little vents at the top of Arai's shields? This thing NEVER fogs up.
RevZilla was great. They quickly answered my only question prior to ordering, and delivery was lightening fast. No complaints.
For sizing reference I fit a Bell Star Medium, Shoei X-11 & Syncrotech Medium, Suomy Spec 1R Extreme Large, Schuberth C3 large, and the Arai Profile Large - which fits best of any helmet I've ever tried on - like it was custom molded to my head.
Rides: 2004 Aprilia RST1000 Futura
Yes, I recommend this product.
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