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Aerostich Insulated Elkskin Gauntlet Gloves

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  • Natural
  • Black
  • 100% Merino wool lining
  • Visor squeegee on left thumb


Aerostich Insulated Elkskin Gauntlet Gloves #469-479

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A highly protective, very comfortable all-around sport, touring and everyday rider's glove. Each is expertly sewn in a seventy years old Washington state factory, and features American elkskin leather palms for greater durability and protection, and American deerskin in other areas for lightweight durable comfort. A broad visco-elastic TF3 impact pad beneath another layer of deerskin across the knuckles adds further protection, and a hook-and-loop adjustable, gusseted gauntlet seals sleeve cuffs.
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 the left thumb is equipped with a resilient visor squeegee (not shown), and there's also a double layer of elkskin across the heel of the palm to provide additional wear and abrasion resistance.
The Insulated version of Elkskin Gauntlet uses luxuriously warm 100% merino wool as a knit lining, which is softer, thicker, warmer and more durable than the common fleeces and synthetic fibers used in other insulated riding gloves—it won’t pill, mat down or wear through after a few thousand miles. And hidden between the deerskin outer side and the merino wool is a thin wind blocking layer of fleece covering the entire backside of the hand. This wind blocking fleece layer also extends across the backside of the thumb, providing extra warmth there as well.
The tapered gauntlet section on the insulated model is also lined, using a slippery nylon knit fabric that doesn’t drag and twist your riding jacket’s sleeve as you rotate your wrist. Temperature-wise, the insulated model is comfortable for all rides from the forties thru the sixties (ºF).
Notes: Black models may bleed dye slightly when wet. Non-insulated models available in full and half sizes 8.5–13 (11.5 not available). Order insulated version a size larger than non-insulated version to ensure a warm, comfortable fit.

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Mr. Subjective on Insulated Elkskin Roper Gloves

The Insulated Elk Ropers are different than every other winter riding glove on the market. They are not the bulky thick common cold weather glove ski/snowmobile type glove made in Asia, with a textile and cowhide outer and a fleece inner. They are based on the Elk Ropers (our most popular glove) but feature a knit merino wool lining. The gauntlet section is lined with a slippery nylon knit so it's easier to rotate one's wrists a little without also twisting the sleeve of one's jacket. Which is what happens with unlined deer and elk leather gauntlets.

There is a lot of nuance in this glove. In addition to the thumb visor squeegee, there's a windproof fabric across the back of the hand and fingers positioned between the outer leather and the inner merino wool knit. Farther back, the gauntlet tapers out wider than most cold weather gloves, helping it go over sleeves easer. The gauntlet and wrist have Velcro tab/strap closures that are ergonomically reversed for faster easier off-and-on adjustment. The knuckle pad is made of TF 3 (same as our impact armor)... Continue

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.

Some additional Notes on Insulated Elk Ropers

You'll immediately notice some of the nuanced control precision of your summer gloves is absent or reduced. You do get used to this, but it's can be little disconcerting at first. Like most insulated types, these gloves may take a little time to mold to the shape of your hand so you'll experience a comfortable and familiar level of dexterity. It took a few days, maybe a week, before I felt good about the pair I am using now.

It's important with all cold weather gloves that they don't fit too tightly. Having insulative air space around fingers is important for warmth and to prevent finger cramping. One doesn't want to be fighting against the glove to be able to have a good grip.

Separately, to speed break in and improve fit, if a warm day happens to come along and you've got a longish ride planned, soak these gloves fully, then wring them out and wear-them-to-fully-dry while riding. After this they'll be molded-to-shape, and fitted to your hands a little more perfectly. Disclosure: I've never tried this with the merino wool insulated ropers but have had good success doing this with several models of regular Aerostich elk gloves, so it should also provide the same good result with the insulated ones.

Lastly, I've treated the backsides of my merino insulated elk gloves with some 'glove proof' brand waterproofing product. Alternatively, I've also sprayed silicone waterproofing sprays on the backsides of elk gloves with pretty good results. Neither treatment makes them waterproof for extended rain exposures, but for commuting, light intermittent rains, mist and road spray situations a water repellent applied to the backside of these gloves makes a difference.

Mr. Subjective, 1-15


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