Alpinestars SPX V2 Gloves Review: Best for Hot Weather Riders?

Riding a motorcycle in the summertime means trading safety for comfort…or does it? With so many new technical fabrics and features available, you can stay protected while keeping cool.

That’s why we’re taking a closer look at the Alpinestars SPX Air Carbon V2 gloves to see if they live up to both promises.

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

Alpinestars SPX V2 Gloves


Key Takeaways

  • Exceptional fit and flexibility
  • Lightweight impact protection
    Breathable backs, durable palms

We gave these motorcycle gloves a thorough test drive to find out. So read on to discover whether the SPX Air Carbon V2 is your high-performance summer glove solution.

Breaking Down the Alpinestars SPX Air Carbon V2 Motorcycle Gloves

When taking these gloves for a spin on winding mountain roads near our home base, a few key features immediately stood out:

A Snug Yet Flexible Fit

I typically wear a large glove, and the SPX Air Carbon V2 in size large fits perfectly right out of the box. The glove is made of soft goat leather, which will relax further over time for a custom fit.

Despite the snug fit, these gloves move fluidly thanks to accordion stretch panels across the fingers and an elastic insert below the thumb. This flexibility prevents any restrictive feeling while holding onto the handlebars.

Breathable Mesh Backs With Protective Palms

The backs of the gloves feature perforated leather with open stretch mesh for ventilation. This construction allows air to flow in while abrasion-resistant leather across the palm protects against slides.

Carbon Fiber Knuckle Protection

These gloves come equipped with a semi-floating carbon fiber knuckle protector for impact resistance. The panel feels sturdy, while the “floating” design allows it to shift slightly upon impact to absorb force.

Inner Hand and Outer Seam Sliders

In addition to knuckle protection, the SPX Air Carbon V2 gloves include thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) sliders across the inner hand and outer pinky. These guards provide extra shielding across common impact zones.

Touchscreen Fingertip Functionality

The index fingertip contains conductive material for using touchscreen devices without removing your