Alpinestars Spartan Gloves Review

“The Alpinestars Spartan Gloves are my all-time favourites. I’ve ridden over 200,000 miles in six years in these and they’re still the best gloves I’ve ever owned.”

alpinestars spartan gloves review

Snapshot

  • Price: £32.00
  • Mileage tested: 200,000
  • Testing conditions: Round-the-World
  • Durability: 5⁄5
  • Fit and comfort: 5⁄5
  • Protection: 5⁄5
  • Value for money: 5⁄5
  • Where to buy: sportsbikeshop.co.uk
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The Alpinestars Spartan Gloves in Afghanistan (notice the abandoned Soviet tanks?)

Features

The Alpinestars Spartan gloves are made with a stretchy air mesh shell for excellent ventilation and a close fit. They come with hard polymer knuckle protection and a reinforced palm. The cuff is elastic and has a high-quality velcro fastener. They’re designed to be lightweight summer street bike gloves.

alpinestars spartan gloves review

What’s good?

The Alpinestars Spartan gloves are hands down the best summer gloves I’ve ever tested and I can’t let them go!

The Spartans have been with me for over six years and 200,000 miles. I first started using them back when I was a full-time journalist for Motor Cycle News (MCN) in the UK. They quickly got promoted to my warm weather glove of choice and have been with me ever since.

Since leaving the job, I have so far used them to ride 40,000 miles from the UK to Japan and now through Southeast Asia. I’ve crashed in them more times than I can count and they only have one small hole in the palm after a road crash in the Himalayas about four years ago.

The reason I can’t let them go is because they’re just so comfortable, lightweight, perfectly vented and well-made.

alpinestars spartan gloves review

What’s not?

Nothing! They’re perfect!

Round-up

The superb Alpinestars Spartan gloves are my all-time favourites because they’re lightweight, extremely well-made and perfect for summer. Over the last six years, They’ve been used and abused and still proved tough and durable, the first has stayed perfect and they keep my hands cool in 40C+ temperatures. They’re now irreplaceable.  

Alpinestars Spartan Gloves Review: 20/20

Update: Alpinestars has discontinued the Spartan gloves. It’s truly a sad day for motorcyclists the world over and means I’ve got to try and keep my pair going for another six years… But don’t worry, there’s plenty more summer gloves out there (they just won’t be as good as these). 

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