Exactly as described, accurately sized (measure twice, order once), wet break-in technique to stabilize the gloves works very well prior to custom-forming to my hands after only about 1000 miles--it takes longer than that to break in a new girlfriend. The snap tab on my pair was long enough to add an additional female snap so that they fit over anything and still close snugly over a bare wrist, although the additional male snaps idea would also work. I keep good stuff a long time: my Hein Gericke Dakar jacket is older than most riders I see and these gloves will age as gracefully as it has. With these, my Gerbings, and the full-fingered bicycle-type gloves for really (really) hot days I am comfortable and protected all four seasons anywhere I ride in eleven western states. (Posted on 2/7/12)
The gloves came as expected. They are larger that the same size deerskin gloves so the finger controls are harder. Not worth the time and effort to send back so I'll just wear them out but not order them again. Nice feel and warmer than the deerskin gloves. (Posted on 1/19/12)
I bought these gloves with hopes of using them for the long riding season in the southwest. I have had ropers before and considered them good for this kind of duty and hoped these would outshine them all but I have been a bit disappointed. I have had many gloves that have clearly outperformed and are more comfortable for motorcycles in the past. These gloves are poor for colder riding (even with the liners and heated grips they are horrible past 40 deg). Each year I put about 12 k miles on my bike. I plan to use these gloves up until I need new ones in hopes that they will break in better with time. If not, I'll use them for my ATV. (Posted on 1/10/12)
Bought myself a Christmas Gift... Wore them on a ride on New Years Day... (50 degrees that day). Felt good right away. Would like to see a thinner pair in Elk for the summer riding.
Next is a black pair. Recommend highly. (Posted on 1/6/12)
Great gloves. Fit pretty true to size. THICK, buttery hide - they'll protect you in a slide without that hideous armour cheaper gloves need. Good to wear down to near freezing (with heated handgrips) which was a pleasant suprise.
Could do with a slightly wider visor wipe perhaps ?
Ride safe ! Dave (Posted on 1/5/12)
The Elkskin Roper Gloves are well made, buttery soft and have a great feel to them. I wear these as my mid to warmer weather gloves. Read many of the reviews and especially the sizing information. I even called in to get the real skivvy about the sizing as many of us know all too well that almost every manufacture has a different 'method to their madness' when it comes to 'uniform sizing'.
Got the gloves and knew right then and there that I ordered the right size. However, I felt as if the gloves needed to be 'shrunk' just a tad bit. Filled up a large bowl of hot water and 'faithfully' put the new and unused elkskin gloves in it. Let 'er soak for about a half hour, rinsed 'em off and air dried them, keeping the gloves vertical and fingers somewhat spread apart.
The next morning they were dry and the gloves now fit as they should!
The gauntlet is large enough to go over the sleeves on the Darien Jacket but the snap tab is too short to snap so you have to leave it flop in the breeze, cut it off or add another male snap in the folding part of the gauntlet (that's what I did). A longer snap tab with a couple more male snaps in the right location would cure the problem.
Otherwise, the gloves are very comfortable and the sizing was perfect. With heated grips they work for me into the 30's (1200GS with handguards). (Posted on 12/29/11)