Alpinestars GP Plus R V2 Leather Gloves Review: Too Airy for Serious Protection?

As motorcycle enthusiasts, we know that riding comes with inherent risks. While the freedom of the open road calls our name, we must ride safely and smartly to preserve that freedom.

One of the most vital protective pieces of gear is a sturdy pair of motorcycle gloves. But can full gauntlet gloves truly save your hands in a motorcycle crash?

But, the main question I will answer in this review will be: Are these the best motorcycle gloves for the track? I tested out the new Alpinestars GP Plus R V2 gloves to find out.

Alpinestars GP Plus R V2 Leather Gloves


Key Takeaways

  • Comfortable even after hours of riding
  • Strategic armor shields knuckles and wrist
  • Robust racing glove balanced for track & street use

A Serious Set of Mitts

The Alpinestars GP Plus R V2 motorcycle gloves (1) retail for circa $200 at the time of this writing. Alpinestars has worked hard to standardize sizing across their glove line, and the 2X gloves I’m using fit perfectly.

The full leather chassis reminds me of their top-tier GP Pro R3 gloves with reinforcements in key impact zones. These robust racing gloves tick all the boxes for protection.

Right off the bat, you’ll notice the large palm slider. This slick plastic armor helps the glove glide in a slide rather than sticking and wrenching your wrist. The hard knuckle protector offers impact damping over the fragile metacarpals.

Touches like the wrist safety strap, gauntlet adjuster, and arm protection show the race-inspired DNA throughout this glove.

Cool Features for Hot Days

While protection is paramount, all-day comfort cannot be overlooked. The GP Plus R V2