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 (not shown).
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.
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 (7)
- Good Winter GlovesReview by Spencer
- These gloves work very well with the heated grips down to about 30 degrees, at which point I give it up. This makes it a pretty good all winter glove since we did not know that Canadians had currency down here (Posted on 2/17/13)
- Almost niceReview by mateo
Actually, really nice if they fit. Warmer than my other not-aerostich gloves. Soft and pliable deerskin feels nice.
My hands are long and thin. The size I should wear according to the chart would be about a 9.5 but I know better and ordered an 11 (the largest).
Tough to slide over even my narrow hand, but once on it is not too tight. Fingers are too short however. Some extended wear time in my car has stretched them out some. If the quality was lower or they weren't so warm I would send them back, but the price was cheap enough to justify keeping them. (Posted on 4/13/12)
- good glovesReview by papuranga
- I have owned several pairs of these gloves and they are excellent, very comfortable, only not impervious to water (Posted on 3/8/12)
- ComfyReview by Big Bird
- I love the feel of these gloves, they fit well and are really comfortable. They aren't as wndproof or heavily insulated as others I have, so they only work into the low 40's for me. Below that I use my heated gloves, with or without heat, just for wind resistance. I may try some liners next year but it's warming up now and soon I won't even need insulated gloves! (Posted on 3/8/12)
- very nice glovesReview by gr8fulfred
- I like these a lot, they are extremely soft, comfortable, and obviously well made. I thought they might be a bit warmer than they are when riding into the 35 degree range, but in general they are very good and I expect to get a lot of use out of them. (Posted on 2/8/12)
- I won't live without these again...Review by Layber
- Soft and comfortable from the start, I'm looking forward to how these will be when fully broken in. With heated grips, these kept me going another 120 comfortable miles after dark on a late October night run across Ontario where every town's hotels were filled to capacity. Had them 2 weeks and 1000 miles, so far, so good. Can't speak for longevitiy, but initial impression is a 10. (Posted on 10/28/11)
- Favorite Winter GlovesReview by Moriarty
- I'm replacing a pair of these that I've used for more than ten years with a new pair––finally wore through the fingertips on the clutch hand. They aren't bulky and seem to spread the warmth from heated grips throughout. When temps are at freezing or below I add a thin wool/polypro liner. These are used whenever temps are below 65F and my heated gloves haven't been used in years. They outlasted several motorcycles. (Posted on 10/27/11)
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