Have 2 pair since 2002. Had an accident and slid on my palms for 7 feet on ashpalt road with gravel. No damage to me or Gloves! I only wish my pairs had the rubber on the left index. They are not wearing out so I will have to suffer with them as is. (Posted on 4/16/10)
I've had these gloves a little over a year and a half now. I know all natural skins have imperfections but the first pair i received looked like seconds so I sent them back and Aerostich replaced them with a nicer pair.
They are my go to glove for riding between 45 and 80 degrees - which is the majority of my riding. I washed them twice in mild soapy water when I got them. My hands still got black if I wore them for any length of time for the first few months. Even now, if I ride a 12+ hour day (common for me) my hands still get a slight black tinge to them. I really don't care too much about that though.
They are very comfortable and easy to get on and off. The only real issue I have with them is that I don't think the wrist would be well protected in a getoff so a slightly longer gauntlet would be nice.
When I purchased them I thought the thumb squeegee thing was a bit hokey. Much to my surprise, I' ve found that it's extremely useful when mist, snow, or freeway spray is collecting on my visor.
Bottom line: I have over a dozen sets of riding gloves and these get worn more than any of my others by far.
If I ever manage to wear them out then I'll probably try the competition version as they appear to have a slightly longer gauntlet, are more adjustable and have finger padding. (Posted on 1/21/10)
These are the best gloves I've found yet since I had my Thurlow Leatherworld custom-made deerskins, and those cost a heck of a lot more. I burned through them while caught in an ice storm in the Poconos one year -- had to alternate placing my hands on my BMW's cylinders to keep from getting frostbitten. Since that time, I've not found any gloves as good until I found these. Even with an off-the-shelf size, they fit great, and work very well when worn with glove liners when temps are in the teens. Gonna get me an insulated pair to try. Absolutely love these gloves. (Posted on 1/14/10)
I've been wearing these for a couple years in all weather conditions and they've held up really well. I like them so much that I'm purchasing the Elkskin Gauntlets for cold weather duty and will hopefully be able to retire my glove liners. Awesome product and very comfortable even during long days in the saddle. (Posted on 1/1/10)
Decided to buy a replacement pair of ropers. Called the warehouse and was surprised this pair were purchased in 02'...and they could tell me the size, still. I ride everyday and these gloves are an investment,...the one pair,...great construction so they feel like no other glove you wear. (Posted on 12/24/09)
On November 11, 2009 I hit and killed a 6 point, 150 lb deer on my Honda VFR. Though I was unconscious at the scene, and my Roadcrafter and Arai RX-7RR were destroyed, these gloves protected my hands perfectly - NOT A SCRATCH. It was a "chipseal" surface - super abrasive. Thanks to my riding gear - including these gloves, a broken collarbone is all that happened. Think I will buy another pair? You betcha ... (Posted on 12/19/09)
I have owned two pair of these super comfortable gloves tan and black. I prefer the black as they\ gloves last so long that the tan eventually gets to looking a bit shaby. I bought them to ride in but never could get over the lack of armor. But, I liked the gloves to much I drive my "cage" aka car in them and wear them all the time off the bike. Buy em! you'll love em! (Posted on 12/6/09)
I like these gloves for riding my Harley. A guy working at a Harley shop recommended them. He wears a pair when riding his bike. I dont like wearing gloves when riding because when I have to react quickly bulky gloves don't make me feel like I have maximum dexterity. These are not bulky, They are comfy and flexible. I don't know how they will handle protecting me if I lay the bike down but that is my problem. My only complaint is that I ordered a size 10 and they feel just a little tight after using them for 6 months. I thought it would stretch out but it didn't. But once again that was my bad. For $39 I can afford to have two pair and order the next pair 1/2 size bigger,wear them around my house for a while and see if I get relief of that little bit of tightness I mentioned earlier and then use them as needed. Plus my first ones were the natural color and the next pair will be the black. (Posted on 10/21/09)
Just ordered my 4th pair. As an instructor I'm a bit harsher on equipment from putting it on and taking it off so often in addition to normal riding. Elkskin Ropers have held up. Have repeatedly worn these for 10 hours straight. (Posted on 10/16/09)