“Go To” Gear: Alpinestars SMX-2 Air Carbon Gloves Reviewed

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Yep, I know that the Alpinestars SMX-2 Air Carbon Gloves are meant for street riding, but I’m keen on the extra protection offered in comparison to the majority of off-road offerings. Add good ventilation, and the SMX-2 has become my go to glove for hard adventure.

The bonuses of road oriented protection are clear when it comes the pavement’s end. The SMX-2’s carbon fiber knuckles are magic when it comes down to “interfacing gently” with a tree trunk. Meanwhile the reinforced landing area helps when the ground come up to meet you.

The fit and feel doesn’t impinge control off road either. Thanks to a snug fit and light materials these gloves facilitate fine motor control of the throttle, clutch and brake. A word to those with “man hands”, the SMX-2s do size small. An XL is likely a L in most other brands, so adjust accordingly or stop by your local dealer and try the Alpinestars on before buying.

When the temperatures climb, the SMX-2’s are well vented, so I’ve maimed a pair in the Baja and I’m set to kill another set this summer. All that ventilation means these aren’t gloves for cool weather, warm spring and fall days are the lower bounds. The downside of light weight construction is that durability is moderate. If you’re clocking heavy miles on or off-road, expect your $69.95 (US) worth of SMX-2 to only last a season. So just ride around occasionally hitting things to get your money’s worth.

With great fit, ventilation and feel the SMX-2 Air Carbon Gloves have become my go to glove for hard adventure and road riding.

Alpinestars SMX-2 Air Carbon Gloves on Revzilla.com

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