Aerostich Merino Wool Insulated Elkskin Gauntlets

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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 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.

Other Reviews

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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First Impressions....Review by Bill
My favorite gloves BY FAR are my Elskin Ropers. I started with size 10s but eventually moved down to size 9 because they really do break in and conform to your hand. The 9s fit me like, well, a glove, once broken in.

First, the gauntlets are superb. They really work well with my jacket sleeves (Darien and Transit). Second, I like the knuckle pad and wrist strap. I will almost certainly try the competition ropers in a decade or so when my other regular ones wear out.

What a dilemma on sizing. I went up all of 2 sizes from the gloves I love and got an 11 in these to follow the imperative of avoiding tightness in a winter glove. I might have gotten an 11.5 but that's not made. These 11s feel a bit snug right now out of the box, to the point where I would not buy them if they were your typical ski glove made from nylons and such. However, these are leather and wool, and with my past experience with the plain ropers I'm expecting the magic to happen as they break in and loosen up. It is, though, a leap of faith.

I'm sticking with these, wish me luck. I'm thinking that the 12s would feel better right now but in the end they'll be a little baggy. That's what's going on with my 9 & 10 uninsulated now.

I see lots of folks wrestling with sizes in the comments and can sure see how one might be put off by these on the first try-on. If I can edit this in the future after they break-in, I will update the review. If it helps anyone, I'm a big guy at 6'5" but only average boned. I usually find gloves a little loose in the palm or short in the fingers. I typically go for an XL in your standard vanilla WalMarty type glove, occasionally an L if the cut has long fingers. (Posted on 12/11/15)
Had to buy for my SonReview by Peter B
Purchased the insulated elk skin gauntlets on my first trip to Aerostich.
They were put to the test on a Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park this last July. Enthusiasts of this road know that snow and sleet at 11000ft is common. I kept reasonably warm , without any glove liners . The temp was below 32F and very wet-- hands stayed dry. The rubber visor squeegee worked very well.

The fit and craftsmanship are great--Aerostich seems to deliver what they promise.

Bought this pair for my son's birthday. He will be pleased. (Posted on 8/14/15)
I Wanted to Like ThemReview by Steve
d bought these to replace some deerskin lined gloves that had become so loose that I was afraid they'd come off in a slide. I used lined gloves as a bridge between electric and unlined ones, normally 40-60 degrees F.

I was very impressed by the quality and robustness of these. But I found that they constricted my hands to the point that my fingers became number. I thought that would go away as they broke in, but it didn't. Last weekend I had to pull myself out of an exercise at the MSF Advanced Riders' Course because my fingers had become so number that I couldn't shift.

Eventually I figured out that it wasn't the leather that was constricted the blood flow to my fingers, but the lining. And that, of course, doesn't break in or stretch.

So I guess I'm going to use them for the 4 mile commute to work but can't wear them for much more than 30 minutes at a time. Which is very unfortunate. (Posted on 4/27/15)
Fantastic GlovesReview by Richard
I compared with the Held Rainstar. Aerostich is a much better fit for me and construction quality is superior. My hands stayed warm while riding in 35 degree weather. Very nice gloves. Glad to see these are US made. (Posted on 3/15/15)
Elkskin Gauntlet'sReview by richard
Perfect fit ( don't forget to order a size larger, if getting the insulated version), and very well constructed. Built to last. Rode yesterday in 37 degree weather and did not need to turn on hand grip warmers. (Posted on 11/26/14)
Well put together. Problematic in the fitReview by Timothy
Aerostitch makes greats stuff and these gloves are no exception. Quality materials and construction. I have worn these on days that ranged from low 40's up into the low 80's and these gloves have been comfortable through the entire range.

Sizing and fit is problematic and I wish all glove makers would base fit not on 1 dimension, the distance across the palm, but with another dimension which is finger length or at least the distance from the tip of the index finger around to the tip of the thumb. In brief these gloves have VERY short fingers in relation to the palm measurement and while I was already at an XL based on recommendations from the sizing tool and the PLUS 1 for insulation, I was reluctant to return them for a larger XXL since my palm already had generous space.

So, I will give the construction of the gloves a nod because for all of the finger stretching I have put them through, jamming pegs up each finger to stretch them while the glove was wet, pulling the thumb and index finger around a greased pole so I could get an unstrained grip around the throttle..... The stitching has held up. The palm dimension has been more than adequate all along, and now the fingers are just right.

I wish the fingers and palm came pre-curved in the shape of a grip with the top leather already prone to bending around the grip, and that the finger length was improved because it has been a fair amount of work to break these things in. The leather is soft upon delivery but it requires quite a bit of shaping and stretching to hold on to the bars (mostly because of the finger length) But I think after today, after about 500 miles and a couple of weeks, I'll be able to ride cramp free in the comfort that was intended and not fight the leather. (Posted on 9/18/14)
Ridiculous sizingReview by Normal
If you have the palms of a man and the fingers of a dwarf these are the gloves for you. The sizing is that far off. (Posted on 3/27/14)
Awesome gloves but...Review by Rick
My wife and I have the Elkskin ropers and love them. I wear a size 9 1/2 in them, but the insulated gauntlets are too small in a 12- the largest size available. The staff even tried on every 12 in stock and sent me a second pair , hoping for a slight variation in sizing, but to no avail. I'm really disappointed, though pricey, the gloves are well made, classy looking and I'm sure would have been warm enough. I hope this is passed on to the manufacturer so they adjust their sizing to be much more accurate and perhaps consider making them in larger sizes (Posted on 2/28/14)
Nice looking gloves, but way too smallReview by Zeke
I just received the gloves after a 4 week back-order wait. They look great, but are way too small. By the sizing chart I wear a large. The reviews say to order a size bigger, but I ordered the largest size, a XXL. It's still too tight, I wish they made a XXXL. (Posted on 2/13/14)
Great GlovesReview by Bill
I wear regular elk skin ropers almost year round - riding, driving, mowing the lawn - you name it! When the temps get down into the 30's, my heated grips don't cut it and these insulated elk skins are just the ticket. I wear them skiing as well. This is my second pair to replace ones that wore out after six years or use. (Posted on 1/6/14)

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Merino Wool Insulated Elkskin Gauntlets  (3:02)

The Story of Aerostich Elkskin Ropers  (12:23)

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

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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