Aerostich Elkskin Gauntlets

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Elkskin palm for durability and protection, and deerskin in other areas on the brown/natural color, for lightweight, protective durable comfort. A knuckle impact pad adds further protection. Adjustable, gusseted gauntlet seals sleeve cuffs. And the wrist is secured with both an elasticized area and a reversed hook-and-loop strap which pulls towards your body for easier adjusting. For added utility and safety, the left thumb is equipped with a resilient visor squeegee you’ll use more than you think.

There’s an oval shaped second layer of elk sewn across the heel of the palm to provide additional abrasion resistance. The Brown leather on the Brown/Natural version also has been specially treated to give them additional water resistant qualities compared to the Black and Natural models.

Full and half sizes 8.5-13 (not available in 11.5 or 12.5). Order insulated 1.5-2 sizes larger for correct fit. Natural, Brown/Natural and Black. Black dyed models may bleed slightly when wet. 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. Place your open hand on a flat surface as shown, palm down. Mark point ‘1’ and point ‘2’ then remove your hand and measure this distance. Use the Sizing Chart to determine your correct size.

Other Reviews

Aerostich Competition Elkskin Roper Glove (review) by Line Dempsey, NC Touring
Aerostich Elkskin Competition Ropers – Gloves Review – The Motorcycle Obsession

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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

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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Just OK So FarReview by Doug
For the price I have to rate these just OK, 5 out of 10. I've worn them about 25 hrs so far, The leather is soft and plush and comfortable for the most part. The gloves appear well made with strong stitching. I broke them in by soaking with Lexol conditioner 3 different times prior to rides, and I think they are fairly well broken in. They were a snug fit initially and overall have obtained a good fit to my hands. I sized them per the instructions. The gloves will stretch and conform, and you want them to - this type of soft leather will stretch and become oversized if not snug in the beginning.

I have 40 years road riding experience, and these days lean more to the sport/sport touring area. I prefer gloves that provide good feel. The thick leather in the palm of these gloves (not the extra strip for crash protection) is a bit too thick for my taste, and this bulky feel is exaggerated by 2 items in the glove design, which I find inexcusable for Aerostich - the flat palm and the under stitched middle two fingers.

Regardless of marketing folly about the leather form fitting to your hand, when too much material is in the way the gloves are not going to conform as well. The extra material in the palm is not going to disappear. I really don't understand why these are not made with a pre-curve as other high quality sport gloves are. On top of the inadequate palm design, the under stitching of the middle two fingers just provides more bulk - I'm not a glove designer but this just shouldn't be. I was able to decrease this problem area by actually hammering the stitched seams with a hammer against a wooden dowel, flattening them considerably, but the seam should not be in that location.

Since these gloves are intended for the more sporting rider (skid pad in the palm, padded knuckle strip), they should include a strip of leather down the top of each finger and the thumb for increased impact resistance.

I also had a twisting finger, the left index. The inside stitch rolled up to almost on top of my knuckle and was a bother. Hammering this seam has improved it and it should improve with time.

Another issue is the wrist strap. It is ~1/2" too short. Sometimes when putting the gloves on the straps pull through the metal cinch strap which is a pita to run back through with gloves on. The Velcro appears to take a strong hold though.

I think these will be cool to moderate temperature gloves. I don't ride below ~45°, so I don't need cold weather gloves. They are pretty warm for cool weather. So far it's only been in the 70's. and I don't think these will be bearable from ~85° up, but we'll see.

I like the rubber squeegee on the left thumb. I've had this on other gloves and it works. The gauntlet and back parts of the gloves are fine.

Time will tell if these improve. At this point I would not buy them again due to the basic design shortcomings. A more tour oriented rider may not mind the bunched palm feeling as much as I do - personal taste. Include the described design changes and these would be my favorite gloves of all time. (Posted on 4/16/15)
Best feeling gloves I ownReview by Sam
I ordered a set of these in black when I ordered my new R-3 suit. They are the most comfortable gloves I have owned so far. I live in the Bay Area, so take my seasons with a grain if salt if you live somewhere with real weather - these are fantastic fall/spring gloves, and with grip heaters and hand deflectors they might be great winter gloves for similarly mild climates. The wind just doesn't seem to get into these gloves. I ordered some nikwax glove proofing stuff as well, and I plan to condition the gloves with it after they're well and truly broken in, but hopefully before a rain. I'll update this review when I've had the opportunity to see how these gloves perform in the cold and the wet.

I measured my glove size at a 8.5 and ordered accordingly. What I didn't do was measure my dominate hand. As a result the right is a bit of a squeeze, but once I squeeze my paw in there it's very nice. It's getting easier and easier to put on as I break it in, so I'm sure in no time the glove and I will come to an understanding.

I have a hard time with gloves typically, because I have short-but-thick hands/fingers. Thanks to the half sizes, these are an OK fit out of the box and it's just getting better every time I wear them. I did run them under the faucet and wear them the day after they arrived and that helped kick off the break-in period a bit. The black dye didn't bleed, but maybe I didn't get them wet enough. (Posted on 9/27/14)
Great GlovesReview by Don
This pair is my 3rd pair of these gloves. I love them, very comfortable, well made and well designed. I get between 45,000 to 55,000 miles from a pair and have been well pleased with the gloves. (Posted on 7/19/14)
Elkskin Gauntlet GlovesReview by Sjaak
The perfect glove. $16 more expensive than the competition model, and worth it. As you break them in, you'll be able to cinch the gauntlet strap and the wrist strap fully and these gloves will be very secure, and the gauntlet will provide a fully tight and effective seal. This seal for me, makes the glove perfect in the temperate cimate where I live. I compliment with aerostitch silk liner gloves as temps require to handle 99% of my riding, down to below freezing for rides up to 40 minutes or so, unfaired, up to 65 mph. I measured my size according to the sizing guide and measured and bought a 9. New, they should fit quite snug, in my opinion, and the will end up spot on. Give them some hundreds of miles, and any spots you feel will disappear and the gloves will mold to your hands. They even smell good. As a caveat, they require a bit more time to put on than the competition model, but you get faster in time, and the trade off is worth it for me. I now use the gaunt-less competitions when it is very hot for some cooling air up my sleeves. Both versions are the best riding gloves I've used in 35 years of riding and give peerless feel and control. Highly Recommended! (Posted on 6/6/14)
Great GlovesReview by Raymond
These gloves are all you need, with padding in the right places, and a fit that gets better with every use. I can not say anything negative about these gloves. (Posted on 12/25/13)
You asked for a review ...Review by Gerry
So here it is ... The gloves are pretty good, comfortable. I thought the stitch down the inside of the thumb was going to bother me against the grip, but it softened out and I don't notice it now. They're just the right temperature for the San Francisco Bay Area. I have the Barkbuster Storm handguards on my NC700X so I like a lighter glove. One negative was that I had to repair the stitching around the pleat in the gauntlet, it was coming apart right out of the box new. I expect better attention to quality from a US firm like Aerostich. (I had the same problem on my Roadcrafter One Piece Suite - so this isn't exactly an "anomoly".) Wasn't worth the trouble to complain and return since I know how to sew :) I fixed the problem. (Posted on 11/21/13)
Elkskin Gauntlet GlovesReview by Joe in frosty NY
The gloves do everything as spoken in the catalog. The seam on a couple of the fingers are not in the best place, should be back farther (the cut) The seam on a couple fingers is right under my finger nail, so it pushes my finger nails up. Partly my fault I have "piano fingers" and my fingers are touching the top. Best pair of gloves I've found so far. I would like gloves that have thin material on the palm side and thicker on the back (wind side) even padded on the back would be fine. Maybe even offer a "tall" size. XL-tall with fingers 1/4" longer. Move the finger seams to the wind side also. Thank you. (Posted on 10/25/13)
Aerostich Customer ServiceReview by customerservice
Jonathan - Recently our shippers restructured our rates, especially for smaller and lighter weight packages like this. Most rates are now about half of what they were. (Posted on 8/18/13)
Come on guysReview by Jonathan
These gloves are cool and all, but c'mon - they are just leather gloves with a tiny bit of technology in them. They would be a good deal at $50, and there is no reason why they should cost $13.95 to ship and take 10 days to get here.
Love the whole Aerostich concept and am on my second RC after wearing the first one out (Combat Lites too!) - but am a bit non-plussed by this purchase. (Posted on 8/16/13)
Aerostich Customer ServiceReview by customerservice
The customer was contacted to return the gloves in exchange for another pair. (Posted on 5/23/13)

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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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