Aerostich Competition Elkskin Ropers

SKU: 421

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These Competition Elkskin Ropers take the Standard Elkskin Ropers to the next level with an added hook and loop wrist closure, reversed for ergonomic advantage, and also add a generous Elkskin covered TF3 impact-foam knuckle pad.

This is a premium rider’s glove, made by a ranch and work glove company in Washington State. They’re strong and durable enough to take on everyday rough cowboy and ag work -- from handling barb wire fences to accurately directing a lariat, and ultra-comfortable all-day because of their superb medium weight luxuriously tanned natural tan Elkskin. This comfortable abrasion resistant leather absorbs and dissipates sweat, wears cool, and quickly conforms itself to the shape of your hand.

The visco-elastic TF3 impact material padded knuckles make a protective difference in some crash scenarios, and of course, the left thumb is equipped with a resilient visor squeegee to help keep a clear view of the road in damp and rainy conditions.

These are the ultimate gloves for serious combat touring adventures and all A to B rides. Full and half sizes 8-12 (not available in size 11.5). Natural. Made in USA

Sizing Guide - Glove Fitting - A fast, easy and accurate way to measure. You will always get a precise, comfortable and correct glove fit.

Other Reviews

Aerostich Competition Elkskin Roper Glove (review) by Line Dempsey, NC Touring

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Mr. Subjective on Breaking in New Aerostich Gear

One of the unusual aspects of most Aerostich gear (in today's world of conveniently pre-digested, artificially-aged items) is there's usually a lengthy old fashioned 'break in' period. The time and distance needed varies from a few hundred miles to a few years, depending on how much one rides, and how sensitive the wearer is. It’s also a bit different for different items…boots, gloves, helmets, shirts or riding suits. For me, a new Aerostich suit or jacket feels acceptably comfortable after a few hundred miles and then reaches it's best after a couple of years of use and wear. By the third and forth season it's about perfect (ironically this happens just as similar gear may start feeling worn-out).

That may seem an unusually long time by today's standards, but with much of my most-favorite stuff, from boots to jeans to you-name-it, it's always been this way. We email a newsletter to riders interested in Aerostich products and sales, and a recent one titled "For the Long Ride" has several nice stories about this. You’ll find it here http://www.aerostich.com/long-service-model

Beyond general long-break-in periods and long-service stories, actually breaking in stiff new gear remains very much a pain in the ass: It is uncomfortable, and I always feel a bit more awkward wearing brand-new sparkly gear than well-worn examples. A bit of wear and patina can be almost as important as a product’s design, materials and functionality, partly because it silently tells a useful story which testifies to one’s long experience (without being overly proud of it, though).

It’s always the same. When I was a kid I usually hated the brand-new back-to-school school clothing my mother provided each fall, and being forced to give up old familiar things which were only a bit too small but clearly worn-out. Today I sometimes still feel this way, so even breaking in a brand-new (and much nicer) helmet can be awkward and uncomfortable. It’s odd to complain about this from an economic standpoint but in some ways good ‘new’ and unfamiliar stuff must always be endured for at least a little while before it becomes ‘old’, comfortable and familiar. This is always worth it though, because new things are improved in real ways which matter over the long run. New is good…and new-and-broken-in is even better.

It’s impossible to not prefer (for example) a comparatively newer and lower mileage rental car and many other newer and less-worn things, but for many other things this isn’t such a simple a decision. And even with today's popular pre-aged and faked-old items (like pre-washed jeans, pre-distressed whatevers) simultaneously offering both the worst-of-both-worlds (inauthentic and already partly worn out), and the best of both worlds (experienced-looking and requiring less uncomfortable breaking-in), the choice actually comes down mostly to your perspectives and not the functional qualities of the item. In the end what matters most is finding stuff which best meets your needs. Whatever they are.

Here is an authentic (albeit nonsensical) way to fairly quickly break in your stiff brand-new Aerostich Darien Jacket, pant or riding suit:

  1. Remove impact armor and all contents of pockets.
  2. Soak jacket in large bucket of muddy water for fifteen minutes to three hours.
  3. While jacket is soaking, dig, or hire someone to dig a hole in the ground large enough to bury the jacket fully.
  4. Wad up the still-wet jacket and bury it in the hole.
  5. Water the dirt covering the jacket liberally, as if the hole contained a plant seedling.
  6. Wait three days, then dig up the jacket and let it air dry.
  7. After drying out, grab the jacket by the shoulder area and whip it hard against the trunk of a large tree five or six times. (This step may also be done when the jacket is wet.)
  8. Replace impact armor and wear the broken-in jacket with pride.
  9. Alternatively, ignore steps 1-8 and just put on your stiff new Aerostich gear and go do some riding.

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super glovesReview by Jim in New Mexico
Elkskin Ropers are great gloves--these are better. The added protection at the knuckles and the security strap are a significant improvement--I know from experience. My original Ropers won't wear out after 100,000 miles or more. These are now my first choice for all seasons. Comfortable, well-fitting, warm when its above 50F, not too hot when the weather is, and the price can't be beat. (Posted on 5/21/12)
competition elk skin ropersReview by chris
One word Awesome! My only complaint is the seam between the ring finger and pinky gets a bit annoying after a while. These definitely are some of the best gloves Ive owned through the years. (Posted on 5/11/12)
Way Good GloveReview by RD
These are right nice gloves!! I've been wearing elk skin gloves (not aerostich) for years, but they didn't have the knuckle pad and wrist strap. They both are nice additions. But the strap could use some help. If you'd fold the end of the leather strap over the end of the velcro and sew it, it would keep the velcro from ripping loose AND keep the strap from pulling thru the metal ring. Real good glove overall. (Posted on 2/10/12)
Excellent GloveReview by Walter
These glove are a step up from the regular roper's,..which were also excellent. The leather on these competition gloves is soft & supple and seems a bit thicker. The padding over the knuckles is great. After just a few short rides these gloves are really starting to form to my hands. If there's a drawback to them it might be that they are to warm to use as summer gloves in South Texas. (Posted on 2/9/12)
GREAT GLOVESReview by DaveB
I have bought these gloves for summer use in the UK where I live and as such I haven't used them for riding yet. They are a really comfortable fit and look great. I am going on a motorcycling tour in India next month. The gloves will be coming with me and will no doubt get a good road testing then. (Posted on 1/6/12)
Just Right!Review by rench
I have been looking for a middle weight glove. I've got cold and hot weather covered, but when the temps were in the 50s - 60sF, my hands were either to hot or too cold. These are comfy from 55 to 85F. Like Goldylocks, I found the ones that are "just right".
I picked the competition ropers for the knuckle padding and the wrist strap to secure them on my hands better.
Ordered size 10, but the right hand glove was too large. left fit ok, but a bit loose. Returned and got 9.5 (both gloves are the same size this time) and I couldn't be happier with them, or the return process. My advice if you hands are between sizes, is to go for the smaller size. These will stretch a little over time. (Posted on 11/15/11)
Glove Review by RUGGER
I the beginning didn't look like much, but after a week they feel great in confort and safety. get them, they are made in the US and that is a big bonus. (Posted on 9/29/11)
Comfortable and versatileReview by pretzladay
After about 500 miles, and a couple of 50 degree mornings and 90 degree afternoons, I have found these gloves to be comfortable and versatile. I need to craft some device to keep the wrist strap from pulling through the buckle -- manufacturer needs to fix that. Thumbs are a little short for me, but most gloves are. Otherwise the fit is good. (Posted on 9/26/11)
Great glovesReview by kpax
I've had a lot of gloves and these are my favorites, along w/ Gerbings for really cold weather. The elkskin feels great. My 9's came in and i thought they were a little big, so i called Aerostich and they immediately sent 8.5 next day air and charged the same as std. freight. 8.5 was too small, so I washed the 9's. The 9's fit perfectly now.

(Posted on 8/23/11)
Great glovesReview by kpax
I've had a lot of gloves and these are my favorites, along w/ Gerbings for really cold weather. The elkskin feels great. My 9's came in and i thought they were a little big, so i called Aerostich and they immediately sent 8.5 next day air and charged the same as std. freight. 8.5 was too small, so I washed the 9's. The 9's fit perfectly now.

(Posted on 8/23/11)

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Washable Leather?

“All of the elkskin glove models are cut and sewn on the exact same patterns so they fit similarly from model to model, but there are slight variations from glove to glove because each glove is hand made and each section of elkhide is a little different. A great way to quickly custom-fit a new pair is to fully wet-saturate on a warm day when you know you'll be riding continuously for several hours, then let them dry and conform to the shape of your hands during that ride.

Elkskin and deerskin can be safely washed using warm water and mild soap. This removes accumulated dirt, oils and stains and will help gloves last longer and feel nicer. After rinsing to remove residual soap, gloves should be gently wrung damp and allowed to dry gradually at room temperature. Do not apply direct heat when drying. They shrink slightly but will stretch to fit during wear.”

–Mr. Subjective.

A Second Skin

Elk and Deer leather mold to one’s hand really well. Two tricks to a fast break-in so they will feel great fast:

  • 1.) Start with the exact right size. Our gloves are traditionally graded, not S, M, L, XL, so there are twice as many sizes and the incremental size-to-size fit difference is closer…nearer to custom-made, feel-wise.
  • 2.) On a warm day when you can ride for several hours continuously, wet the gloves completely, wring them out, put them on and go for that ride. At the end they will have dried around your hand, stretching and shrinking slightly in places. From then on they’ll feel like a second skin.

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