The Warrior Alpha QX3 ice hockey glove offers an impressive package of elite-level features at a performance-level price. From its buttersoft feel to eye-catching graphics to top-notch protection, the QX3 is a significant upgrade over the QX4.
- DynaMesh, CovertMesh, and TuffTek materials for enduring and breathable flexibility
- Dual-density EVA foams with plastic inserts for superior protection
- AxyFlex thumb for improved dexterity and protection from hyperextension
- Clarino palm with Clarino overlay for durable stick grip
- Segmented, open cuff roll with medium-density foams for excellent coverage
- Moisture-wicking microfiber liner for soft, dry comfort
Warrior has upgraded the Alpha QX3 glove exterior with its premier cable knit DynaMesh nylon on the cuffs and fingers, a more durable nylon than in the QX4, but still breathable and flexible. The material in the glove’s backhand, and extending into the cuff and finger block, is Warrior’s breathable TuffTek 2.0. The QX3 includes CovertMesh for the backhand accents, as well—a breathable fabric that promotes airflow through the glove.
The glove comes with dual-density EVA foams throughout, with plastic inserts in the fingers, backhand, finger block, and thumb—a big upgrade in protection. Though the fingers still come in a traditional two-piece design for excellent mobility and a traditional look, the backhand has been redesigned for improved, contoured flex that keeps protection where it should be, with no exposure gaps.
The palm includes a two-piece AxyFlex thumb design for much better dexterity without compromising hyperextension protection. It offers great mobility—the same as in the top-end QX glove. The palm comes in a two-toned Clarino base with Clarino overlay and printed grip pattern for excellent stick grip, even when the glove and stick are wet. The feel is traditional and the overlay provides excellent durability. The cuff roll is segmented and open with thick, medium-density foams that provide complete coverage into the wrist. The liner is a moisture-wicking microfiber that’s soft to the touch.
Overall, the glove has a traditional, if somewhat anatomical, fit. It’s a little more snug in the fingers, backhand, and cuff but boasts a great feel and plenty of the mobility you expect from a traditional glove.
The Warrior Alpha QX ice hockey glove likely offers the most value of all Warrior offerings because it includes elite-level features at a performance-level price. Intermediate, performance-level players will feel like it’s Christmas morning when they push their hands into these superior performing, affordable gloves.