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Review: Alpinestars SP-8 V2 gloves, versatile approach

Reviews and tests 29 March, 2017

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The Alpinestars SP-8 V2 leather gloves are one of the most popular models from the Italian brand. These gloves have a very good value for money thanks to a design which is totally versatile, offering sport-touring performances at a moderate price.

Construction and ergonomics

The Alpinestars SP-8 V2 are made of goat leather, highly resistant to abrasion. This type of skin is reinforced with synthetic leather, located in strategic areas; we can see this leather in the lower part of the palm, in the outer side, as well as in the little finger. In the upper part of the palm we have a third type of skin, more rough, that is thought to offer touch and grip to the handlebars.

Alpinestars SP-8 V2General view of the Alpinestars SP-8 V2, made with goat leather, highly resistant to abrasion.

The SP-8 V2 has a preformed design, that is, curved in the fingers for better ergonomics when picking up the handlebars of the bike. To improve mobility, we have two small panels of elastic fabric, one located in the cane and another in the bridge of the thumb. A useful detail is that the tip of the index finger is sensitive to touch screens, so we can manipulate smartphones and GPS without removing the gloves.

Alpinestars SP-8 V2The tip of the index finger is sensitive to touch screens without removing the gloves, a comfortable solution for our motorcycle routes.

Protections

The main protection is the TPU knuckle protector coated in microfiber, which also has a painted reflective band. But we also have EVA foam pads just below the knuckles, in the lower part of the palm and in all the fingers plus besides the wrist. Like many Alpinestars models, the SP-8 V2 incorporates a system of union of the pinky and the annular fingers, a solution patented by the brand from its experience in competition that prevents rotation, twisting and separation of the fingers in case of fall.

Alpinestars SP-8 V2Detail of the TPU knuckle protections, coated with microfiber and with reflective band.

Ventilation and closure

The gloves have perforated inserts in various areas. Is in the fingers, back and wrist where we can observe these perforations; this makes the SP-8 V2 gloves good for summer and mid-season riding. The closure of the glove is by Velcro.

Alpinestars SP-8 V2The closure of the SP-8 V2 glove is by Velcro, as we can see in the image.

In summary, the SP-8 V2 is a multifaceted leather glove, ideal for those bikers looking for protection who don’t want to use pure sporty gloves. In addition, these gloves have a very competitive price even being an 

Alpinestars product, with its quality trademark guaranteed.

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