Elkskin palm for durability and protection, and deerskin in other areas 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.
Merino wool lined model features hidden wind blocking fleece across the backside, positioned between the Merino inner and leather outer.
Full and half sizes 8.5-13 (not available in 11.5). Order insulated 1.5-2 sizes larger for correct fit. Natural, Brown/Natural and Black. Black dyed models may bleed slightly when wet.
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Customer Reviews (48)
- Elkskin Gauntlet is goodReview by Ed
- I have only a couple short rides on this new pair so far. I have a pair of ropers that are great but I rotate gloves during a trip especially if its hot weather. These are unlined and feel great and fit nicely. They appear to be what I expected. I will be out on about a 4,000 mile trip this Fall and will give additional review after that so its a bit early but all indications are that I am going to be putting a lot of miles on these gloves. The gauntlet works very nice and proper over my Darien jacket sleeves and adjusts without binding. The thickness is about right for now and should be fine later in the year when I turn on the grip warmers. Of course in severe cold I drag out the electrics. Time will tell. (Posted on 7/13/15)
- 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)
- Elkskin GauntletReview by Rob
These gloves fit well, but mine showed really extraordinary wear after less than a year of use - about 5,000 miles. (I have been riding for nearly 30 years and have had many pair of gloves.) These gloves have never touched the ground and have only had normal wear.
Yesterday, (March 17, 2013) I spoke to the Aerostitch rep in San Francisco at the pop-up store and showed him the gloves. He seemed to agree that the wear was out of the ordinary and pointed out that the elkskin in my gloves may have been a little more than they typically see, and speculated that the elkskin in my gloves 'might have come from an area of the hide that had slightly softer leather (Collegens?, fibers ?...or whatever...but was essentially within the normal spec otherwise)'. He suggested that the skin is sometimes very slightly different when it comes from different parts of the animal and thus may wear slightly unevenly, but he did not offer me another pair of gloves or any type of discount on another. So, though I have a Roadcrafter suit and a pair of the insulated elkskin gloves that don't appear to have the same problem (though they are newer so who knows) , I certainly wouldn't order another pair of elkskin gloves nor recommend them. (Posted on 3/19/13)
- Lovin da Elkskin Gauntlet GlovesReview by jpaw
Been riding with my elkskin gauntlet gloves for a couple of weeks now. I was quite surprised that they fit perfectly when I first put them on, and am also surprised that they kept my hands warm in moderately cold weather. I do have some bulky gloves for extremely cold weather but will probably buy the insulated gauntlet pair also.
Last weekend had a motorcycle accident that I am only now recovering from. Tore my leather pants, but I must say the gloves held up. Without that impact padding over the knuckles, which was marked up, it is fair to say I would have some hurt knuckles. So yes I am in love with my elkskin gauntlet gloves. (Posted on 3/1/13)
- great gloveReview by molly
- i've worn the elkskin ropers forever and bought these for the gauntlet. the black leather was not as soft right out of the box, but after i oiled them they were close enough. i love the gauntlet, especially on cold days. i had to take out the elastic. but most probably won't ( i mean, i wear my undershirts inside out because the seams bug me) . (Posted on 1/26/13)
- Aerostich Customer ServiceReview by customerservice
- Sorry to hear your gloves are having issues. One option is to send them back to us for a replacement pair. Another option that may fix the twisting is to turn the fingers on the glove inside out and trim excess leather close to the seams, which may allow the seams to relax enough to alleviate the twisting. –Customer Service. (Posted on 12/4/12)
- 50% greatReview by D
- I've had these for just over a week and have to say first off that so many of the great qualities mentioned by everyone else are true: soft/strong/comfortable/easy to use/etc. But there's one issue that makes me think I may have to buy a different pair of gloves elsewhere: the right-hand glove fingers are twisting. Left hand fits fine, but the ring and pinky finger of the right hand glove have spun about 90 degrees clockwise so that even with the glove off and laying on the table, these two fingers lay on their side. This means that I'm grabbing the throttle straight down on a seam. It's as if the stitching is too tight between the middle/ring finger causing the rest of the finger to twist. Not sure if I just got a bad glove since the left hand is fine or if others have had similar issues... (Posted on 12/3/12)
- Best Gloves I've Ever OwnedReview by Greg Ess
Ok... I've owned a few pairs of gloves.
I'm not a racer boy and will never be, but I expect my gloves to be functional, protective, comfortable, and long-lived. I like deerskin and elk because they allow reasonable dexterity and deal well with getting wet, which happens fairly frequently when one uses a bike for practical transport.
I've owned gloves from Thurlow, Zee Leathers, Bates and lots of lesser brands. Most of my deerskin gloves from other sources were either lacking in protective features, poorly sewn, or ready for the bin in about a year and a half of daily use.
The latest pair of the Aerostich elkskin gauntlets I recently purchased are the third pair I've owned. Each pair I've purchased has been better than the last.
These were perfect right out of the box. Hides were not too thick -- soft, and ready to go without break-in. I've never had a seam fail on one of these, and each has lasted at least 5 full years of daily use. Retention systems work with a variety of different jackets/suits, the extra protection on the knuckles and heel of the hand is great without being overkill. The shield wiper is nothing short of brilliant. I do ATM ride throughs and gas purchases without even taking my gloves off -- dexterity is great.
I have a full fairinged bike with grip heaters and I wear them year round. They are not too warm in stinking maryland summers and are warm enough with the heaters cranked.
Comfortable, long-lived, safe and reasonably priced. My preference are the ones in natural finish.
For street or adventure touring use, you can't go wrong with these. These gloves did for gloves what the Roadcrafter did for riding suits. (Posted on 11/18/12)
- Elkskin Gauntlet GlovesReview by Keith, Houston, Tx
I look forward to pulling them on every time I ride. These are well-made accessories that you will feel lost without, once worn.
Houston, Tx (Posted on 10/16/12)
- Awesome GlovesReview by Rex
- I purchased these gloves a little less than a month ago and have put about 1300 miles on them since. They are the most comfortable gloves right from the package that I've ever bought and they just keep getting better. I've only been caught in the rain once with them and despite it just being a brief shower, they did not leak or bleed at all. For me, they are comfortable down to about 40 degrees but the warmest weather I've used them in so far was around 72 degrees and they were still quite comfortable. Because of the comments about the thumb being on the small size, I ordered mine to the next size up and I'm glad I did. By doing so I have no issues with the thumb and it gives me some room for some kind of fleece or under-glove for cold weather. other review comments about the front closure needing a stopper at the end of the strap are spot on as well and as soon as I can get myself to stop wearing them long enough, I plan to have that resolved. I have no doubt that these will be the last pair of gloves that I buy for a long time. Well worth the money. (Posted on 10/15/12)
- Better with every rideReview by David
- After my first ride in these, I almost returned them as they were very uncomfortable and stiff. As they've begun to break in over the last month of riding (lots of short commutes with a few longer hour or two rides) they're quickly becoming my favorite gloves ever. Pretty soon they're going to be come like a second skin I think, and are damn sure gonna last nearly forever. (Posted on 9/23/12)
“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.”
Which Elk Glove?
Thanks for your question. I wear both versions of the Elk glove. About 90% of the time I grab either the regular or competition Elkskin Ropers. The gauntleted version is also available, but I seldom take it. Probably only because I don’t have a sport bike option like your VFR.
The gauntlet on the unininsulated version of the gauntleted ropers is not lined, so the suede-ish backside of the leather does drag slightly against the sleeve of a textile jacket, but it’s not enough (to me) to be an issue. Also, as the gloves break in the suede-ishness wears a way slightly so the drag seems even less after a few hundred miles.
The gauntleted models are slightly more to deal with in subtle, nuanced ways. There are just ‘more glove’. The fastest and most unconscious pull-on-and-go is the regular roper. You just snap the wrist snap without thinking and go. Perfect for everyday short-hop, on-and-off-the-bike riding. Next fastest/easiest is the competition model. The wrist strap is much more secure than the snap, but it takes a nano-more of consciousness to manipulate it. For all-day riding, though, I usually pick this one. The gauntlet models add another nano-bit of rigamarole, but for a sport bike rider are probably a better option. These shades of ease-of-use distinction are very slight.
When I travel I normally take two pair of gloves -- usually a pair of competition ropers for wear most of the time, and the insulated gauntleted ropers or Luxury Cowhide. And the triple digit raincovers.
Last November I rode around Lake Superior with some friends on Gold Wings. I was riding my unfaired bike which has heated grips, but is without hand guards (wind protectors). Temps every morning were about 30ºf and the high each day was about 45ºf. I had both of the above and switched multiple times for comparison and evaluation. In the end I liked the insulated elk ones slightly better, but it was very close.
Since that trip (and as a result my experiences on it…) we have slightly increased the insulation thickness of the wind barrier hidden within the backside of the hands and fingers on the insulated elk ropers. Before it was a layer of windproof fabric placed between the wool liner and the elkskin outer. Now it’s a layer of thin windproof fleece (fleece laminated to a layer of wind blocking coated fabric).
The elk gloves are sized by glove sizes, not s,m,l, xl, etc. Basically there are twice as many sizes. For example, both a size 9 and a 9.5 are ‘m’ graded. So you end up with a more precise fit. A good-fitting glove is as important as a good-fitting shoe. It’s the only real difference between an ok glove and a great glove.
-- Mr. Subjective