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.

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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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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)
Nice gloves!Review by Rick
These are my second pair of 'roper' gloves, but, my first in the 'gauntlet' style. The fit, and comfort level is top-notch. The knuckle padding is just right, but, I'd like to also see a model with the same padding over the outside of the fingers and thumbs.The Velcro wrist closure is nice, but it could use a sewn on tab, to prevent the strap from coming out from the metal buckle. Sometimes it is difficult to re-thread the strap once the gloves are on. The infamous thumb-wiper blade is always a great accessoriy, which doesn't impede hand grip usage. The insulated model will be on my 'wish-list'. (Posted on 9/22/12)

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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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