Alpinestars SP-8 V3 Gloves Review: Better Than V2?

As a passionate motorbike enthusiast who logs thousands of miles touring scenic backroads, I know firsthand the importance of having durable, high-performance motorcycle gloves to handle impacts while providing excellent grip and feel.

Join me as I put Alpinestars’ popular Sp8 V3 motorcycle gloves to the test across critical factors like construction materials, comfort, ventilation, and protection to see if they can withstand hardcore riding.

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

Alpinestars SP-8 V3 Gloves


Sub Title

  • Lacks weatherproofing
  • Offers decent ventilation
  • Sturdy overall construction


The Italian company Alpinestars was founded in 1963 by leather maker Sante Mazzarolo to supply boots for off-road and Enduro racers.

Today, they make gear for all types of motorcyclists, from jackets and pants to gloves, packs, and more. I decided to review their Sp8 V3 motorcycle gloves, which feature a gauntlet-style cuff covering the wrist, MotoGP-derived knuckle protection, goat leather/synthetic construction, and a retail price of around $100.

Hand Protection

The first thing you notice on the Sp8 gloves (1) is the rugged gauntlet closure system, which uses multiple hook-and-loop straps to ensure a snug fit.

There’s also an accordion section for flexibility. Alpinestars states these MotoGP-influenced motorcycle gloves utilize technology straight from the racetrack.

The molded knuckle protector feels extremely rigid, while small vents on top resemble Wolverine claws for airflow.

The knuckle armor contains impact-absorbing open-cell foam, and each finger has a textured rubber slider with perforations as well. These perforations promote air circulation to combat overheating.

Specialized Features

I especially appreciate how the Sp8 glove incorporates Alpinestars’ signature finger bridge. This anchored span of material connects the ring and pinky fingers to guard against seam failure and hyperextension during crashes.

It’s a clever safety addition. Extra armor on the heel of the palm, along with Kevlar stitching throughout, provides abrasion insurance.

The premium goatskin leather feels supple even before being broken in. Its thickness should resist tearing in minor spills.

For comfort, the Sp8 has a soft fabric gusset to prevent chafing near the wrist. Pre-curved fingers make for great out-of-the-box ergonomics as well.

All-Weather Usage

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