The Alpinestars GP Tech and the Dainese Full Metal D1 are the top sporty gloves from both Italian brands, featuring all their knowledge and know how to bring us a product that combine an exquisite feel with rigorous protection standards developed with the best riders in the world. A racing pedigree that guaranties a high level of performance for all of us, street and track riders, and that we’ll review for the delight of the users of sport bikes.
The Dainese Full Metal D1 structure is vacuum leather made combined with goat leather in the palm and Kevlar inserts in the back of the hands for an improved wear. Also features a little contact patch area, made from gritty rubber in order to increase water evacuation and grip between glove and throttle.
The Alpinestars GP Tech has a kangaroo leather main structure, renowned by its elasticity and abrasion resistance, with a palm and back made with a grip optimised Pittard’s leather.
The Dainese feature an extensive carbon fibber insertion with back and knuckles titanium shields, that makes for a distinctive element of security to the eye and give the designation Full Metal to these gloves. But we also find more carbon made protections in the finger joints plus a TPU insert (Termo Polyurethane) in the outer side of the palm to help the hand glide in the tarmac in case of fall.
In the GP Tech, the knuckle protector is made from a dual compound TPU along with a poly foam inner padding for a improved hit absorption. Also we can find TPU in the palm, both in the outer zone and in the thumb base. Inner Kevlar fibers complement the overall abrasion resistance.
A singular feature of the GP Tech is the finger bridge that joints the ring finger with the little one, a system patented by Alpinestars that reduces finger potential injury. The Dainese feature a different solution for the same problem: it’s called ‘Distortion Control’ and is a polyurethane made protection in the little finger base combined with a hard inner zone inside the finger.
In the wrist lower zone, the Full Metal has a leather lined TPU protection, but in the GP Tech we find also a TPU protector with a substantial difference in its size, wrapping almost all the wrist.
One of the most important considerations when buying gloves is the ergonomy and riding comfort. But before starting analyzing these features, let us point out that both gloves give a superior and excellent feel to the rider.
The main difference between both gloves is in the flexibility. The Full Metal feels more rigid, this is in part because of the titanium and carbon structure on the back of the hand, making lengthy wrist movements more difficult. Also the Distortion Control system affects the feeling of the little finger.
In the GP Tech the flexibility is bigger thanks to the use of protections less ‘intrusive’ to hands movements bit also because of the thumb’s accordion type flex zone. As the back doesn’t feature rigid protections, the wrist has better freedom of movement.
In the back of the wrist both gloves feature a Velcro closing system, a feature also seen in the wrist strap but reinforced with a metal ring in order to better adjust the gloves. A detail from Dainese makes the difference: there’s a helpful pull-tab in the Full Metal.
A point where differences are notable: the Alpinestars GP Tech has a micro-perforated leather structure and a ventilation system from the knuckles to the wrist lower end. There are also transpiration holes and the TPU protectors from knuckles and whist have air tunnels.
The Dainese Full Metal are totally different: they don’t feature neither micro-perforated leather nor ventilation holes or canalisations. And that’s because Dainese define the Full Metal as winter sporty gloves, so one can ride with them all year, not only in summertime.
In few words, we can clearly say that both brands fulfil the main objectives wanted in a sporty glove, safety and great feel, but going by different paths. Dainese prefers a glove centred in the use of hard protectors, giving it also a rigid ergonomics. Alpinestars follows a mixed construction between hard protectors combined with high resistance fabrics to find a flexibility and protection equilibrium.
If you take a look to the current Grand Prix stars you’ll see that all of them entrust theirs hands to either the Dainese Full Metal or the Alpinestar GP Tech, a testimonial of the quality of both products.