Aerostich Elkskin Ropers

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Your favorite gloves. You just can’t ride anywhere without them. When they finally wear out, it feels like you’ve lost a friend. Made of natural tan medium to heavy weight elkskin, they are thicker, stronger and more abrasion resistant than deerhide and they’ll last much longer.

Built for cowboy and ag work, they’re tough enough for barbed wire fencing, yet sensitive enough to accurately handle a lariat. The snap cuff will slightly gauntlet over most jackets or close to let wind in your sleeves on a hot day. The left thumb is equipped with a visor squeegee made of resilient squeegee material.

All California Highway Patrol Motorcycle Officers (and many other depts.) wear Elkskin gloves 8-10 hours a day, week in and week out. You too will experience how right they are the minute you put them on and grab the clutch lever. These are the best gloves for serious combat touring adventures you’ll ever wear. Full and half sizes 7-13 (sizes 11.5 and 12.5 not available) Black 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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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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Well Made and ComfyReview by Melanie
Haven't ridden much in them yet, but very comfy to wear. Well made and sturdy. Could well become my favorites. (Posted on 5/15/10)
Perfect!Review by Tpg
There are few quality things in todays world. These gloves are one of them. If only Brooks would make a saddle for my Concours too... (Posted on 5/9/10)
No Road RashReview by David
Have 2 pair since 2002. Had an accident and slid on my palms for 7 feet on ashpalt road with gravel. No damage to me or Gloves! I only wish my pairs had the rubber on the left index. They are not wearing out so I will have to suffer with them as is. (Posted on 4/16/10)
Great gloveReview by Duck
I've had these gloves a little over a year and a half now. I know all natural skins have imperfections but the first pair i received looked like seconds so I sent them back and Aerostich replaced them with a nicer pair.

They are my go to glove for riding between 45 and 80 degrees - which is the majority of my riding. I washed them twice in mild soapy water when I got them. My hands still got black if I wore them for any length of time for the first few months. Even now, if I ride a 12+ hour day (common for me) my hands still get a slight black tinge to them. I really don't care too much about that though.

They are very comfortable and easy to get on and off. The only real issue I have with them is that I don't think the wrist would be well protected in a getoff so a slightly longer gauntlet would be nice.

When I purchased them I thought the thumb squeegee thing was a bit hokey. Much to my surprise, I' ve found that it's extremely useful when mist, snow, or freeway spray is collecting on my visor.

Bottom line: I have over a dozen sets of riding gloves and these get worn more than any of my others by far.

If I ever manage to wear them out then I'll probably try the competition version as they appear to have a slightly longer gauntlet, are more adjustable and have finger padding. (Posted on 1/21/10)
Best glove since ThurlowReview by simon
These are the best gloves I've found yet since I had my Thurlow Leatherworld custom-made deerskins, and those cost a heck of a lot more. I burned through them while caught in an ice storm in the Poconos one year -- had to alternate placing my hands on my BMW's cylinders to keep from getting frostbitten. Since that time, I've not found any gloves as good until I found these. Even with an off-the-shelf size, they fit great, and work very well when worn with glove liners when temps are in the teens. Gonna get me an insulated pair to try. Absolutely love these gloves. (Posted on 1/14/10)
Fantastic Gloves-one problemReview by Chas
These gloves are really nice- they feel great and they protected me in a bad crash and they look good. My only problem is I just lost one :( (Posted on 1/9/10)
Quality glovesReview by Johnny B
I've been wearing these for a couple years in all weather conditions and they've held up really well. I like them so much that I'm purchasing the Elkskin Gauntlets for cold weather duty and will hopefully be able to retire my glove liners. Awesome product and very comfortable even during long days in the saddle. (Posted on 1/1/10)
Time to retire and replaceReview by oldRS'r
Decided to buy a replacement pair of ropers. Called the warehouse and was surprised this pair were purchased in 02'...and they could tell me the size, still. I ride everyday and these gloves are an investment,...the one pair,...great construction so they feel like no other glove you wear. (Posted on 12/24/09)
Great crash protectionReview by bmwone
On November 11, 2009 I hit and killed a 6 point, 150 lb deer on my Honda VFR. Though I was unconscious at the scene, and my Roadcrafter and Arai RX-7RR were destroyed, these gloves protected my hands perfectly - NOT A SCRATCH. It was a "chipseal" surface - super abrasive. Thanks to my riding gear - including these gloves, a broken collarbone is all that happened. Think I will buy another pair? You betcha ... (Posted on 12/19/09)
Good but...Review by Toothdoc
I have owned two pair of these super comfortable gloves tan and black. I prefer the black as they\ gloves last so long that the tan eventually gets to looking a bit shaby. I bought them to ride in but never could get over the lack of armor. But, I liked the gloves to much I drive my "cage" aka car in them and wear them all the time off the bike. Buy em! you'll love em! (Posted on 12/7/09)

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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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