Aerostich Elkskin Gauntlets

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Elkskin palm for durability and protection, and deerskin in other areas on the brown/natural color, for lightweight, protective durable comfort. A knuckle impact pad adds further protection. Adjustable, gusseted gauntlet seals sleeve cuffs. And the wrist is secured with both an elasticized area and a reversed hook-and-loop strap which pulls towards your body for easier adjusting. For added utility and safety, the left thumb is equipped with a resilient visor squeegee you’ll use more than you think.

There’s an oval shaped second layer of elk sewn across the heel of the palm to provide additional abrasion resistance. The Brown leather on the Brown/Natural version also has been specially treated to give them additional water resistant qualities compared to the Black and Natural models.

Full and half sizes 8.5-13 (not available in 11.5 or 12.5). Order insulated 1.5-2 sizes larger for correct fit. Natural, Brown/Natural and Black. Black dyed models 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.

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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

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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Bar None The BEST glove you can buy!Review by MAJ229
Bar none the Elkskin Gauntlet glove is the best all around glove you can buy. Have worn them for years in spring, summer and fall. In winter I switch to the wool line Elkskin Gauntlet. Just simply the best all around glove here is! (Posted on 12/6/18)
My Favorite Riding GlovesReview by Kevin
This is my second pair of Elkskin Ropers. I bought my first pair about 3 years ago and they have been my daily riding gloves. I purchased these Elkskn Gauntlet Ropers to give me a little more wind protection around the cuffs. They work great. The cuff area is soft elkskin that can be folded and tucked inside my Roadcrafter sleeve, or expanded over the sleeve for quicker on and off. These gloves are extremely comfortable and well fitting with the sizing instructions. Thanks Aerostich. (Posted on 9/23/18)
Inspect upon deliveryReview by John S.
Received the elkskin gauntlet gloves on time. Using the size guide on the website my measurement was a size 9.5. Size was spot on and the gloves feel great. Super comfortable and the brown/tan looked great. Unfortunately the stitching on the knuckle protection was broken/cut/failed/not there, and you could see the foam under the panel. Called Aerostich and the service agent was very professional and friendly, apologized and stated that they're hand stitched and sometimes this happened. She emailed me a FedEx label to return the gloves and said they would express-ship a replacement pair to me. Waiting on another pair. Hopefully they're built right and will last. Looking forward to taking them on a long ride to see how they break in. (Posted on 9/12/18)
Comfortable and Great FitReview by Fastuphill
Received the gloves and immediately took them on a two day 800 mile ride. Gloves were very comfortable even without a ‘break-in’. The fit was spot on to the catalog size chart for my size 8 1/2.. The elk hide is very light and flexible compared to the leather I am used to which contributes to the comfort and feel of the gloves. Very satisfied. (Posted on 5/30/18)
Elkskin GauntletReview by Tommie
I own size 11 deerskin gauntlets and love them. I was looking for a larger pair of deerskin gauntlets to use with a removable liner for colder weather adaptability. I ordered size 12 in an elkskin gauntlet as size 11 is the largest deerskin offered. When arrived they weren't large enough for me plus the liners. The sizing chart showed I needed a size 10(large).
I sent the elkskins back and am now awaiting an elkskin in size 13. Hope they work as they don't offer larger than a 13. Also I noticed on the size 12's the strap across the back of the knuckle was barely long enough to reach through the loop and back onto the velcro to grab.
Overall they look like good heavy winter gloves, though running small for my needs. (Posted on 5/14/18)
Great glovesReview by Dan
I really like these gloves. This is my second pair.

I came from HELD Steve Gloves and really wanted another pair, but the HELD have had some quality control issues over the last few years and I didn't want to take a chance with them.

A friend recommended the ropers but I like a gauntleted glove so chose the Elkskin Gauntlets. I couldn't be happier. At half the cost of the Held gloves, my first pair have worked for me for as long as I had the Held gloves at half the cost. They are comfortable, don't pinch and the sizing chart worked well for me. The elk skin breaks in fast.

I haven't had to test their crash worthiness, but they seem built well enough to let me keep my skin.

After 4 years and 70,000 miles they are showing some wear, but are still serviceable. I bought the second pair to carry along for that day when the seams split on the first. I may have some time to wait. (Posted on 7/5/17)
Questionable QualityReview by Scott
Using the sizing guide, I ordered these gloves sight unseen. To my satisfaction, they fit great except for the pinkies being too long. That's do to my anatomy and no fault of the gloves. I soaked the gloves which caused them to shrink a bit and wore them afterward. Now they fit perfectly even with my stubby pinkies.
I have been slowly upgrading all of my riding gear and was excited to have a new pair of quality gloves. Or so I thought. After just a few uses one of the seams near the velcro closure unravelled completely apart. Fortunately, the dry cleaner near me does leather repair and was able to fix them. I hope that this was an isolated bad spot and is not indicative of the long term quality of these gloves. Even my old cheapo Chinese gloves didn't start coming apart this soon. (Posted on 4/8/17)
My favorite glovesReview by Alan
I've got about 35K miles on mine and I'm looking to get another pair. They're still in fairly good shape (stitching and everything is perfect) but the condition of the leather is getting pretty hard and crackly on the outside. Still comfy as ever on the inside. I've never cleaned or conditioned them so given how much abuse they've seen, I figure they would have lasted a lot longer if I had taken better care of them. My new bike (Ducati Multistrada Enduro) has a grip that is pretty aggressively textured and it is eating up the palms near the thumb and forefinger. My R1200GS grips were smooth in comparison and didn't do this.

Anyway, they fit like a glove... like your favorite gloves should fit. My knuckles have imprinted into the outside of the fingers so they look like gorilla fingers now. Funny but it shows how much they conform to your hands.

The gauntlet is short but it covers the gap on my roadcrafter in cool weather and I tuck in into the sleeve in warm weather. When it is really cold I switch to the insulated ones. Those don't conform as much but are super soft.

The black ones bleed onto your hands when new and even a little when really old. I consider that the price of getting them in black, which I will do again. (Posted on 8/24/16)
Excellent qualityReview by GREG
This is my first pair of elkskin gloves, previously I have used deerskin. I really like the elkskin better. They are very comfortable and well made. I have always had trouble finding gloves that fit as I have large hands. Well, I know where I'll be buying my gloves from now on...Aerostich. (Posted on 5/31/16)
Disappointing qualityReview by JulesRiding45Years
These gloves fit my requirements particularly well, and they look really good in the pics.

Unfortunately, in real life, these gloves do no good service to Aerostich's name with their poor finish (or, if it is poor design, even worse). I so wanted them to be right - it is exactly the kind of design I like - no liner, good leather, and a light gauntlet that will go over a jacket sleeve. After sending back a second pair which was exactly the same as the first I returned, I give up on this product.

The stitching and finish on the fingers, palm and straps is good. The leather is really nice.

However, the edge of the gauntlet is unfinished and is cut irregularly. The gauntlet edge is the raw leather edge, with a row of faux stitching parallel to the edge that serves no other purpose than to suggest where a finish fold-over might have been stitched.

I could understand if the edge were intentionally left plain (for some reason not obvious to me) but the fact that the edge is not only raw leather edge, but cut irregularly and looks unfinished, that I conclude this to be unacceptable.

You might be prepared to live with it - I am not.

Aerostich - I repeat the disappointment that I conveyed to your customer service.

(Posted on 4/18/16)

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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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