Aerostich Elkskin Ropers

SKU: 420-440

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$49.00

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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.

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 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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Love My Ropers!Review by Mark
These gloves look good, feel good, wear good, and are the best riding gloves I've had. They beat wearing crappy black gloves and most of what you find on racks in typical riding gear stores. They are very soft, and easy to break-in.

(Posted on 6/3/18)
Great work gloves too!Review by The Lawn Ranger
Working in landscaping I have always had a hard time finding work gloves that could stand up to the wear and tear. I ordered my first pair of these several years ago and was heartbroken when I lost them last fall. I just ordered my second pair and am planning on being more careful with these. I’m sure these would be great as motorcycle gloves as well. (Posted on 5/21/18)
Perfectly ComfortableReview by Clyde
These Elkskin Ropers are amazing. They are soft and comfortable but at the same time they give a feeling of security because they are twice as thick as the none motorcycle light gloves I am used to. I have some mesh and armor summer gloves and some huge winter gauntlet gloves, but these Elkskin Ropers are going to get a lot more wear time than I would have thought. (Posted on 4/19/18)
Great glovesReview by Joe T.
Love the fit and feel.
Fingers are longer than many other gloves which are great for my medium palm with long fingers.




(Posted on 3/25/18)
Great glovesReview by Roy
4th pair I've owned. Wear it daily on my rides. Comfortable on during cold and hot wx. Tried others but these are the best for overall use. (Posted on 3/12/18)
Elkskin Ropers - The OriginalReview by Mike
I ordered my third pair of Elkskin Ropers from Aerostich...and they are phenomenal - again! The snaps are breaking in, the fit after a good soaking are great - they shrunk just a bit and stretched at the panels just enough. Then applying some waterproofing, they're ready for another 7 years! (Posted on 3/12/18)
Elkskin glovesReview by gordon
Best riding gloves ever. Highly recommend (Posted on 2/10/18)
Elkskin RopersReview by Lornce
After ten seasons of use I've ordered a new pair and relegated the old pair to firewood and farm chores. Best and most versatile riding gloves I've owned in forty years of riding. Range of comfort offered by elkskin is what sets them apart. From steamy hot to surprising cold these gloves offer comfort and protection in a tough, long-wearing package. You're going to love them.
(Posted on 1/28/18)
They keep getting betterReview by OldBikeRider
This is my third pair and I still have and use the first two pair. The first pair that must be well over ten years old is used for chainsaw work, moving firewood and the like. The second pair, about 6 years old is on the sidecar rig where they get a good workout through the twisties of the Appalachian mountains. Even thought they look rough they work great - no issues with mechanical integrity. I wear them at most MSF classes I teach too. The new pair stays with my winter coat, I am wearing them while walking in the mountains and they will be used on the solo bikes this spring. They are so soft and protective. Most things these days get more cheaply made or just don't seem to fit - but these gloves seem to keep getting better. Thank you whoever had the idea for these years ago.
(Posted on 1/5/18)
iLOVE these glovesReview by Cal
I have worm these gloves in more countries than I can recall on 5 continents.
I believe I've had them for 16 years now and still as good as a new pair. IMO there is no better glove than Elkskin ropers! (Posted on 12/15/17)

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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.

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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