Aerostich Competition Elkskin Ropers

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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. 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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OH WOW!! One Happy CamperReview by Wildcat_drvr
These gloves are so soft it's unreal. The grip is almost too good! My hands are wide but fingers short. Luckily the shipping dept. made a mistake and sent me the touchscreen ropers in 10 as my hand measured but the glove fingers were to long for my fingers. Called a helpful customer service gal and had them send me a 9 instead of a 10 and since they goofed on model I didn't have to pay return shipping! And it only took two days to get here. The 9s stretched to my hands with-out having to wet them to stretch them out a little, they are a custom fit now and I couldn't be happier unless they were free! I also like the little piece of Velcro "fuzzy" for when the straps (which go the correct way) goes past the main piece of Velcro. Thanks for the Great Gloves (Posted on 7/20/11)
Kind of halfway okReview by JohnR100RS
I tried the regular Elkskin ropers after having a really bad experience with the merino wool lined gauntlets .(they sucked) . The regulars are not bad , so I decided to give aerostitch another try . What a mistake that was . They cut off the circulation on my right hand the same as the gauntlets .I soaked them in Lexol several times hoping that my handswould overcome the gloves .No luck . I also have two pair of Roadgear gloves ,and two pair of Lee Parks . I just ordered another pair of Lee Parks similar to the Competition ropers . Lee Parks are by far the best . In my humble opinion Aerostitch should stich to making suits which along with the customer service are quite good . (Posted on 6/28/11)
Better than more expensive gloves.Review by Doug Just Doug
Rode close to 2K miles in my new Comp. Ropers last week during Americade. Super comfy, good control feel, useful (light) rain wiper, and didn't make my hands sweat in mid-90F temps. These replaced a well-known brand selling for much more, and are now my go-to gloves for warm weather. I don't mind the small gauntlet 'cuz I'm wearing these under the sleeves. I may modify the wrist strap so it won't pull back out thru the buckle. (Posted on 6/17/11)
Half perfectReview by Aeriam
Got my gloves, WOO. I was excited, Tried on the right hand glove, FIT PERFECT. everything about it was perfect.

tried on the left hand glove. The thumb is too short and fingers are too long, specially the little finger.

the left glove feels weird to wear. I'm afraid to soak them to form fit them since the thumb is so short on the left glove.

going to try and contact aerostich and see if I can get a new left glove only. (Posted on 5/27/11)
Velcro StrapReview by Guy
I like the feel of the gloves, the glove should have been a little longer and wider at the wrist to cover over leather jacket. Straps should have been an inch longer for easier latching. It's a slight challenge to strap the Velcro Straps especially when you already have one glove on and your working on the next glove. Make the ends of the strap more of a V shape to easily slip through brass buckle, or make the buckle slightly bigger. I have had good quality Elk boots before and really liked the feel for comfort and I knew with these gloves that Elk skin is nice and supple. (Posted on 11/5/10)
Just ordered my third pairReview by Doug
I've worn out two pairs of the regular elkskin ropers and I just ordered the new competition version to be my third. They are the perfect glove. (Posted on 9/16/10)
Perfect Glove Review by mattme
These gloves fit true to the sizing chart - my hand measured exactly 10cm (3-7/8") and the Large was the perfect fit. Quality construction and more comfortable than my Held "Steve" gloves. These are simple effective gloves that I will wear for 3 seasons in the midwest. When the colder months come I am going to order some insulated elkskin gloves that have a full gauntlet. (Posted on 5/19/10)
Best all around gloveReview by mattme
Great all around glove - I should be able to wear these from mid-spring to late fall. Sizing was accurate - My hand measured exactly 10mm and the gloves fit perfect! Much better fit and more comfortable than my Steve gloves by Held. (Posted on 5/15/10)
Top Notch GlovesReview by G Man
I have 2 pairs, the ropers and the competition ropers and they are the most comfortable gloves I own, i especially like the padding over the knuckles (Posted on 4/8/10)
perfectReview by 2lane
I bought a pair of these gloves being skeptical. Turns out they are the best gloves I ever had. I use for riding, lawn mowing everything. My riding buddies started stealing them for themselves. I really don't know how long a pair will wear as I have purchased 6 pairs with none of them being worn out. (Posted on 2/19/10)

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Competition Elkskin Roper  (1:32)

The Story of Aerostich Elkskin Ropers  (12:23)

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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