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.
The classic all around American general work and riding glove. Reinforcing welt in the thumb and the middle fingers, elastic back. Full and half sizes, Regular (#422) size 7-11, Insulated (#423) size 8-12.
- Sizing Guide - Glove Fitting - A fast, easy and accurate way to measure. You will always get a precise, comfortable and correct glove fit.
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 (6)
- Good FitReview by Brent
Great out of the box, soft and warm. I have big hands and these fit just right!
Would buy them again. (Posted on 10/29/15)
- Best. Gloves. EverReview by BobK
- Best gloves ever. Right out of the box they are broken in, soft, and supple. I have the Thinsulate lined ropers and I am hard pressed to feel any seams on the inside of the glove. That means no annoying abrasions. I have yet to test the warmth of the lining, but even riding in 80-90 degree weather, the materials breathes really well. I ordered a half size up from what the sizing chart told me to get since I have long fingers and a thin palm, and they fit perfectly. I would buy these again and again and again, though for colder weather, I may have to spring for the gauntlets to keep the wind off my wrists. (Posted on 9/3/13)
- recieved quicklyReview by TK
- I haven't had a chance to compare the warmth of the gloves while out on the bike yet due to the weather, but I was very happy to see them arrive at my front door so quickly. i have tried them out shovelling and they seem to be the ticket to fill in when the weather is too cold for my uninsulated elkskin ropers. The fit is good and they are supple and there is no breakin needed. (Posted on 2/16/12)
- Beautiful GlovesReview by karlu
- The gloves are beautifully made out of soft as butter leather. The fleece insulation is good, the fit is good. The only thing about them, in my opinion, is that they are a bit too thick for great feel, especially when I wear them inside handlebar mitts. That may change as I use them more and get them to conform to my hands a bit better. All in all, great gloves. (Posted on 12/3/11)
- Nice glovesReview by bojotta
- Very nice and comfortable. Very nicely made. Seem to run a little small. I ordered a 9 perhaps a 9.5 would have been better but these are close enough. I only have had them about a month so I can't comment on how they will be over the long haul. (Posted on 12/2/11)
- Insulated glovesReview by retmcrider
- Glove quality is good.. Insulation is adequate.. I screwed up on the fit. Should have gotten one half size larger than what I usually get.. I'm satisfied except for the tight fit. (Posted on 11/18/11)
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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.