Aerostich Touch-Screen Elkskin Ropers

SKU: 429

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$65.00

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Use every electrostatic screen controlled device with your riding gloves on. Rows of electro-conductive stitching exactly where needed let you scroll, dial, pinch-zoom, browse and navigate normally.

The Ropers themselves are the same as the model #420.

Modern techno-function meets old school comfort and performance. Full and half sizes 8-12 (not available in 11.5). Natural. 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.
Touch-Screen Elkskin Roper User Guide

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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 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:

  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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Great gloves, with one tiny flawReview by IT_Mike
Overall, I love these gloves.

Soft, comfortable, great fit, and the ability to wipe other peoples windshield washer fluid off you faceshield on the fly. The touchscreen stitching works very well.

Speaking of the stitching...it's on the wrong side of the thumb. I don't know anyone who operates a touchscreen with the outside of their thumb. (Posted on 3/15/12)
Bloody Brilliant GlovesReview by Scotty
I received these gloves a couple of months ago and couldn't be happier. They look, feel and perform exactly as advertised, and I absolutely love them. I did have a small issue with one of the closure tags coming away, but closer inspection revealed where the sewing machine must've had a slight hiccup (all other stitching appear to be fine). I was very impressed with the customer service I received from Aerostitch. They moved to act immediately and effectively, but since it was only a minor thing, I had an upholsterer mate of mine just sew it back up for me. Good as gold again, and have been flawless ever since. I will definitely be ordering the winter gauntlets when it starts to get colder here (Sydney Australia). (Posted on 2/28/12)
Off centerReview by Harley
Ordered two pair, the threads on one finger are slightly off center, the other pair the threads are facing the other finger rather than on the finger pad. (Posted on 2/13/12)
requuires wet fingertipsReview by Al
The size was fine. The leather material is comfortable. However, while I thought the touch-screen stitching feature was very clever, it did not work for me at all. Aside from very clunky fingertips while trying to turn the phone on, the fine print in the note included with the gloves says the stitching works best when slightly wet, requiring one to lick ones fingertips each time one uses the phone, unless it is raining. Alternatively, it suggests coating the fingertips with brake fluid, which it says will not harm the phone's screen. I really don't want to take the chance that brake fluid on my new gloves won't remove the paint on my gas tank or panniers. I returned the gloves unused. (Posted on 12/24/11)
great glovesReview by greg
the best gloves I've ever owned...been riding since late 60's. These are preform & fit perfect.
They seem like they'll last forever....... (Posted on 11/16/11)
Elkskin RopersReview by THG3
These were the gloves I have been searching for and didn't know it. I broke them in during a week of riding my R1200GS on the wonderful roads of North Carolina during a week of vacation. The gloves were comfortable, easy to put on and take off and began to take on the shape and curve of my fingers. When I returned I waterproofed them with NikWax. They remained flexible and soft but I've not had a chance (happily) to test the effectiveness of the NikWax Glove Proof. Highly recommend these to any adventure rider. (Posted on 10/18/11)
Gloves that touchReview by Ren
Gloves feel great and seem to be breaking in well. They work on my touch screen device without fail. Went with the natural color. First riding gloves I've ever purchased that were not black, and I like the change. (Posted on 9/3/11)
Almost...Review by Nanster
I ordered two pairs of these, one for myself and one for my husband, since we use touchscreen devices often during our rides and these gloves seemed like the perfect solution to glove on/glove off/stop/start.

The quality of the leather is great - strong yet soft. The fit is another matter. I ordered the smallest size, which according to the sizing chart, should have fit. It did, except for the fingertips, where the electrostatic threads are, were about 1/4 inch too long. (I have an average, well-proportioned hand.) I was very disappointed. Aerostitch carries such great stuff. I'd really love to see some quality functional motorcycle apparel products sized and scaled for women (hint: it's a huge, untapped market!) And no, I don't need it in pink!

To be fair, the pair I ordered for my husband also ran large (I ordered based on his usual glove size and the sizing charts.) They went back in exchange for another pair a half size smaller. Unfortunately, they were also too big (bulky across the palm). I was told a number of other customers also found these gloves ran large.

If/when the sizing issue is addressed, and if/when they're scaled appropriately for a woman's hand, I'd buy several pairs of these in a heartbeat. (And so would all my femaie riding friends.)
(Posted on 8/11/11)
Great ideaReview by W May
Great gloves. Great Idea. Just finished a trip to Nova Scotia and these gloves were indespensable while using an IPhone on the bike. You wouldn't want to type an e-mail with thrm on but they work well enough to be able to type passwords, zoom, etc. They initially fit a little big but after a heavy thunder storm and being dried on a motel heater, they fit perfectly. (Posted on 8/6/11)
Excellent Summer GloveReview by KratzMC
These gloves are great for the summer. They wick moisture and cool, and their light color absorbs less of the suns heat and rays. I've used them in three Iron Butt rallies and they've never let me done. (Posted on 7/19/11)

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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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