Very comfortable and easy to wear—just like Elkskin, but made of slightly thinner medium weight deerskin so they’re ideal for casual, everyday rides, especially commuting and touring. No break-in needed; they will be as comfortable as prewashed denim the moment you put them on. Because they’re so light, absorbent and soft, they provide great control feel. Nimble enough to pick a coin off a table, yet strong enough for riding protection. The insulated versions have 3M Thinsulate and a brushed nylon lining, so they are perfect for spring and fall wear. Full and half sizes for a better and more precise fit. For insulated gloves, order 1/2 size larger than non-insulated version to ensure proper fit. Both styles feature thumb visor squeegee.
Gauntlets increase the coverage and work better in cool riding conditions. Tuck ‘em in or pull ‘em over. Full and half sizes, Regular (#424) size 7-11, Insulated (#425) size 8-12.
- Sizing Guide - Glove Fitting - A fast, easy and accurate way to measure. You will always get a precise, comfortable and correct glove fit.
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:
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Customer Reviews (10)
- Very nice and softReview by Frank
- I have owned 3 different styles of their gloves and these look and feel like the best. They are thin and supple. My last pair, a different model, had a velcro tab that ripped out after about 5 years. These have no extra tabs to cause issues. (Posted on 10/20/15)
- Good glove for the priceReview by Bill
Fit good, very soft leather, good gauntlet (wide enough at upper end to go over coat sleeve)
thinner leather than I expected, thumb to glove body not cut with a roper pattern resulting in a seam at the junction that may be uncomfortable after hours of wear.
All in all pretty good glove for the money (Posted on 8/31/15)
- Blown awayReview by Mark
I ordered this gloves a while back and had to send the first pair back due to it being not-quite-right in the size department. I went one half size smaller than I usually wear and the gloves fit fine now. If you order these, do yourself a favor and order half-size too small. They will break in very nicely.
I have been wearing them daily for my commute for the last month or so. The gloves are still extremely soft and supple and quite frankly i don't want to take them off when i'm done riding. They look as good as they feel too. (Posted on 10/16/14)
- Perfect!Review by Britt
- I have very little to say about this product. Except, perfect! Soft, supple & fits like a "glove". Get yourself a pair & some for your better half. (Posted on 4/26/13)
- Deer skin glovesReview by James
Exactly what I expected, super soft but strong gloves. I bought 2 pair, once each for my son and myself. We broke them in by riding in heavy rain for several hours.
After drying out they were good as new. (Posted on 9/29/12)
- gauntletsReview by GUY
- Nothing up my sleeve, especially cold air. These gauntlet gloves are comfortable right out of the box. Thick enough for protection but retain ability to feel the controls. I added waterproofing and they are good to go. Great quality, as expected. (Posted on 9/21/12)
- Best glovesReview by Moose
- I own several pairs in various versions and love them. They last and a re a great quality and feel and fit. (Posted on 12/5/11)
- Great glovesReview by James
- I've had these for over 5 years and they are still in very good condition. Best touring gloves I have ever purchased. Realy like the gauntlet to keep wind out of jacket sleeves. We tour about 15k to 25K a year, rain ,snow,Texas heat and these gloves do it all in style and comfort. (Posted on 11/17/11)
- Very GoodReview by Vincent
- Great light weight ( for Florida riding )hand protection. have been in use since 2007.They wash well in cold water and I love the wind protection of the gauntlet (Posted on 8/17/09)
- I GOT A PAIR OF THE INSUL...Review by Frank Mansfield
I GOT A PAIR OF THE INSULATED ONES FOR XMAS 2005
AND I CAN WEAR THE UNDERGLOVES UNDERNEATH ALSO
FOR EXTRA WARMTH. VERY WARM SET UP IN COLD WHEATHER. (Posted on 1/22/07)
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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.