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- Elkskin Gauntlet is good Review by Ed
- I have only a couple short rides on this new pair so far. I have a pair of ropers that are great but I rotate gloves during a trip especially if its hot weather. These are unlined and feel great and fit nicely. They appear to be what I expected. I will be out on about a 4,000 mile trip this Fall and will give additional review after that so its a bit early but all indications are that I am going to be putting a lot of miles on these gloves. The gauntlet works very nice and proper over my Darien jacket sleeves and adjusts without binding. The thickness is about right for now and should be fine later in the year when I turn on the grip warmers. Of course in severe cold I drag out the electrics. Time will tell. (Posted on 7/13/15)
- Just OK So Far Review by Doug
For the price I have to rate these just OK, 5 out of 10. I've worn them about 25 hrs so far, The leather is soft and plush and comfortable for the most part. The gloves appear well made with strong stitching. I broke them in by soaking with Lexol conditioner 3 different times prior to rides, and I think they are fairly well broken in. They were a snug fit initially and overall have obtained a good fit to my hands. I sized them per the instructions. The gloves will stretch and conform, and you want them to - this type of soft leather will stretch and become oversized if not snug in the beginning.
I have 40 years road riding experience, and these days lean more to the sport/sport touring area. I prefer gloves that provide good feel. The thick leather in the palm of these gloves (not the extra strip for crash protection) is a bit too thick for my taste, and this bulky feel is exaggerated by 2 items in the glove design, which I find inexcusable for Aerostich - the flat palm and the under stitched middle two fingers.
Regardless of marketing folly about the leather form fitting to your hand, when too much material is in the way the gloves are not going to conform as well. The extra material in the palm is not going to disappear. I really don't understand why these are not made with a pre-curve as other high quality sport gloves are. On top of the inadequate palm design, the under stitching of the middle two fingers just provides more bulk - I'm not a glove designer but this just shouldn't be. I was able to decrease this problem area by actually hammering the stitched seams with a hammer against a wooden dowel, flattening them considerably, but the seam should not be in that location.
Since these gloves are intended for the more sporting rider (skid pad in the palm, padded knuckle strip), they should include a strip of leather down the top of each finger and the thumb for increased impact resistance.
I also had a twisting finger, the left index. The inside stitch rolled up to almost on top of my knuckle and was a bother. Hammering this seam has improved it and it should improve with time.
Another issue is the wrist strap. It is ~1/2" too short. Sometimes when putting the gloves on the straps pull through the metal cinch strap which is a pita to run back through with gloves on. The Velcro appears to take a strong hold though.
I think these will be cool to moderate temperature gloves. I don't ride below ~45°, so I don't need cold weather gloves. They are pretty warm for cool weather. So far it's only been in the 70's. and I don't think these will be bearable from ~85° up, but we'll see.
I like the rubber squeegee on the left thumb. I've had this on other gloves and it works. The gauntlet and back parts of the gloves are fine.
Time will tell if these improve. At this point I would not buy them again due to the basic design shortcomings. A more tour oriented rider may not mind the bunched palm feeling as much as I do - personal taste. Include the described design changes and these would be my favorite gloves of all time. (Posted on 4/16/15)
- Best feeling gloves I own Review by Sam
I ordered a set of these in black when I ordered my new R-3 suit. They are the most comfortable gloves I have owned so far. I live in the Bay Area, so take my seasons with a grain if salt if you live somewhere with real weather - these are fantastic fall/spring gloves, and with grip heaters and hand deflectors they might be great winter gloves for similarly mild climates. The wind just doesn't seem to get into these gloves. I ordered some nikwax glove proofing stuff as well, and I plan to condition the gloves with it after they're well and truly broken in, but hopefully before a rain. I'll update this review when I've had the opportunity to see how these gloves perform in the cold and the wet.
I measured my glove size at a 8.5 and ordered accordingly. What I didn't do was measure my dominate hand. As a result the right is a bit of a squeeze, but once I squeeze my paw in there it's very nice. It's getting easier and easier to put on as I break it in, so I'm sure in no time the glove and I will come to an understanding.
I have a hard time with gloves typically, because I have short-but-thick hands/fingers. Thanks to the half sizes, these are an OK fit out of the box and it's just getting better every time I wear them. I did run them under the faucet and wear them the day after they arrived and that helped kick off the break-in period a bit. The black dye didn't bleed, but maybe I didn't get them wet enough. (Posted on 9/27/14)
- Great Gloves Review by Don
- This pair is my 3rd pair of these gloves. I love them, very comfortable, well made and well designed. I get between 45,000 to 55,000 miles from a pair and have been well pleased with the gloves. (Posted on 7/19/14)
- Elkskin Gauntlet Gloves Review by Sjaak
- The perfect glove. $16 more expensive than the competition model, and worth it. As you break them in, you'll be able to cinch the gauntlet strap and the wrist strap fully and these gloves will be very secure, and the gauntlet will provide a fully tight and effective seal. This seal for me, makes the glove perfect in the temperate cimate where I live. I compliment with aerostitch silk liner gloves as temps require to handle 99% of my riding, down to below freezing for rides up to 40 minutes or so, unfaired, up to 65 mph. I measured my size according to the sizing guide and measured and bought a 9. New, they should fit quite snug, in my opinion, and the will end up spot on. Give them some hundreds of miles, and any spots you feel will disappear and the gloves will mold to your hands. They even smell good. As a caveat, they require a bit more time to put on than the competition model, but you get faster in time, and the trade off is worth it for me. I now use the gaunt-less competitions when it is very hot for some cooling air up my sleeves. Both versions are the best riding gloves I've used in 35 years of riding and give peerless feel and control. Highly Recommended! (Posted on 6/6/14)
- Great Gloves Review by Raymond
- These gloves are all you need, with padding in the right places, and a fit that gets better with every use. I can not say anything negative about these gloves. (Posted on 12/25/13)
- You asked for a review ... Review by Gerry
- So here it is ... The gloves are pretty good, comfortable. I thought the stitch down the inside of the thumb was going to bother me against the grip, but it softened out and I don't notice it now. They're just the right temperature for the San Francisco Bay Area. I have the Barkbuster Storm handguards on my NC700X so I like a lighter glove. One negative was that I had to repair the stitching around the pleat in the gauntlet, it was coming apart right out of the box new. I expect better attention to quality from a US firm like Aerostich. (I had the same problem on my Roadcrafter One Piece Suite - so this isn't exactly an "anomoly".) Wasn't worth the trouble to complain and return since I know how to sew :) I fixed the problem. (Posted on 11/21/13)
- Elkskin Gauntlet Gloves Review by Joe in frosty NY
- The gloves do everything as spoken in the catalog. The seam on a couple of the fingers are not in the best place, should be back farther (the cut) The seam on a couple fingers is right under my finger nail, so it pushes my finger nails up. Partly my fault I have "piano fingers" and my fingers are touching the top. Best pair of gloves I've found so far. I would like gloves that have thin material on the palm side and thicker on the back (wind side) even padded on the back would be fine. Maybe even offer a "tall" size. XL-tall with fingers 1/4" longer. Move the finger seams to the wind side also. Thank you. (Posted on 10/25/13)
- Aerostich Customer Service Review by customerservice
- Jonathan - Recently our shippers restructured our rates, especially for smaller and lighter weight packages like this. Most rates are now about half of what they were. (Posted on 8/18/13)
- Come on guys Review by Jonathan
These gloves are cool and all, but c'mon - they are just leather gloves with a tiny bit of technology in them. They would be a good deal at $50, and there is no reason why they should cost $13.95 to ship and take 10 days to get here.
Love the whole Aerostich concept and am on my second RC after wearing the first one out (Combat Lites too!) - but am a bit non-plussed by this purchase. (Posted on 8/16/13)