Italian motorcycle gear makers Alpinestars unveiled an all-new race glove, which has been in development for the past three years in MotoGP. It is termed as Supertech, an evolution of the GP Pro glove. It comes with a price tag of $399.95 (Rs 27,500).
The Supertech is CE Certified Level 2 racing glove made using full-grain kangaroo and cow leather with a host of improvements including aramid fibre patches (Alpinestars AR-SHIELD material). These patches are used on the palm and thumb areas.
It also has a heat resistant carbon X membrane that delays heat transfer to the palm, thus reducing the chance of burns in an accident. In addition to that, there is also a bridge between the ring and little fingers to stop separation.
The Supertech has no external seams, allowing maximum feel to reach the rider's fingers. This was trialled by Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso over the past year in his testing for Alpinestars in MotoGP.
For a greater range of movement and comfort, there is an accordion stretch panel behind the knuckle protection and a Kevlar-reinforced stretch insert in the palm, between the thumb and index finger. This helps to release the pressure build-up under heavy braking.
There is also an additional layer of shock-absorbing foam on the top of the glove which helps to dissipate energy in an impact. The knuckle protection also has an integrated shock-absorbing foam.