Alpinestars Oscar Cafe Divine Drystar Gloves Review: Old School Winter Warmth?

After hearing rave reviews about their insulation and weatherproofing, I set out on a mission to test the Alpinestars Café Divine gloves.

Do these stylish gloves live up to their promises and justify their $130 price tag? My hands-on testing reveals some surprising truths…

But, the main question I will answer in this review will be: Are these the best motorcycle gloves for winter for you? Let’s find out!

Alpinestars Oscar Cafe Divine Drystar Gloves

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Key Takeaways

  • Retro winter riding gloves
  • Waterproof and protective
  • Surprisingly good insulation

Putting the Alpinestars Café Divine Gloves to the Test

On my first outing with the Café Divine gloves, temperatures hovered right around freezing. I was headed to meet up with some friends at a coffee shop downtown, so this was a perfect test of urban winter riding capabilities.

Venturing Into the City Cold

As soon as I slid my hands into these surprisingly soft leather gloves, I could feel the insulation getting to work.

My fingers stayed nice and toasty for the 20 minutes it took me to get across town. The pre-curved shape made these more comfortable than most gloves right off the bat, too.

Once I parked my bike and pulled out my phone to text my group, I was pleased to find the touchscreen fingertips worked perfectly. No need to remove my hand protection to use my device – a major plus!

Highway Speed Wind Tests

On the way home from coffee, my friends and I decided to take the long way on some rural highways. As the speeds increased to 75 mph, my hands stayed warm thanks to the tall gauntlet cuff blocking the wind. The waterproof liner also prevented any wind chill during this high-speed run.

I did notice the padding on the palm is a bit lighter than some winter gloves. My hands weren’t uncomfortable, but I could feel more vibration coming through than with my heavier duty cold weather gloves.

For commuting and around-town riding, they absorbed shock fine, but I’d probably wear something beefier for long stints at highway speeds.

The Verdict: Ideal Urban Winter Gloves with Limitations

After getting a feel for the Café Divine’s capabilities over a few weeks of testing, I can confidently say they make an outstanding midweight winter commuting glove.

They check the key boxes of insulation, weather resistance, comfort, and protection. I also grew to appreciate the standout style, even if it didn’t quite match the rest of my gear.

However, the lighter padding does sacrifice some vibration damping during extended sessions of high-speed riding.

I would bring my heavier-duty winter