i have never had gel gloves before. but i can tell you that the alpinestars sp-1 is an awsome track glove the fit is perfect(for me) and they are very durable and you cant beat the price for a top of the line track glove.i would have got the gp plus but they were not in stock and i needed gloves right away. i am kinda glad they wernt.
I have yet to purchase any high dollar gloves I have a pair of Teknic ( Aquaslim ) $70 that are ok they have a gel pad on them there suppose to be water proof but are not. I also have Olympia gel ( Junk ) and my favorite gloves are Joe Rocket Phoenix $50 very comfortable , vented, reflective and have a carbon type knuckle protectors no gel though. I used bicycle gloves for the gel before but they really provide little or no protection in a crash.