Aerostich Merino Wool Insulated Elkskin Gauntlets

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Elkskin palm for durability and protection, and deerskin in other areas 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.

Merino wool lined model features hidden wind blocking fleece across the backside, positioned between the Merino inner and leather outer.

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.

Other Reviews

Aerostich Competition Elkskin Roper Glove (review) by Line Dempsey, NC Touring
Aerostich Elkskin Competition Ropers – Gloves Review – The Motorcycle Obsession

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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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Customer Reviews (52)

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Warm, Pliable, Windproof Review by db
These gloves appear to be exactly what I wanted for cold weather. Just as the propaganda says here, they are windproof, warm, and pliable. They run small, so order 1-2 sizes up. They are a bit stiff when you receive them, so you must work them a bit.

Aerostitch has always provided good service and excellent products. We have several sets of gloves, pants, and bunch of misc items. (Posted on 1/15/19)
Never Suffer Cold Hands Again!Review by Mark
I HATE having cold hands, and the heated grips on my K1600 don't always fit the bill (i.e. warm the backs of my hands). These are the 3rd glove that I carry cross country, the others being the Ropers and the Comp. Ropers. These gloves keep
my hands snug and toasty, without restriction movement. They are supple, look and wear great. They do require a bit of break-in to stretch and mold to your hand, so I recommend doing so prior to wearing them any length of time in the saddle. These are great gloves and I pack them when I ride. (Posted on 6/3/18)
Great so farReview by Tom E
Just received these gloves within the last week. I measured my hand at 9.5. Per recommendations, I ordered a 10.5. It felt slightly tight across knuckles but I think it is stretch to fit nicely. Very soft leather makes feeling controls great. Much more feel on the controls than my Cortech Scarabs. I did ride briefly in sub freezing weather and cold protection seemed good. Time will tell how great these could be. (Posted on 1/15/18)
My All Winter GloveReview by Big_Bird
These are my Go To glove all winter long. So much more convenient and agile than electric gloves. They're plenty warm for me all year, on my Goldwing with heated grips. OK, I'm not in Duluth, only the mid-Atlantic, but I rode from DC to Moonshine in the 30s and 40s, through some snow in WV, for 12+ hours, and these were the ticket even then. Basically, I no longer use my electric gloves. (Posted on 12/19/17)
GoodReview by Eric
Was concerned about sizing issues. I wear 9.5 in the regular elkskin gloves. An 11 fit just fine. Have not had much time to try them yet, but initial impression is that I expect to like them as much as the regular elkskin gloves. (Posted on 11/15/17)
I love these glovesReview by GREG
These gloves are great. Very well made and comfortable. I have a pair of uninsulated elk skin gauntlets in size 10.5 and had to go up to a size 13 to get a good fit. The gauntlets fit nicely either over or inside my Darien jacket sleeves. (Posted on 4/21/17)
short fingersReview by Sal
My current favorite gloves are the elk skin gauntlets, they fit perfectly in size 12. I was hoping that the size 13 merinos would fit, but my hopes were dashed. The fingers are so short that they fit my wife's hands, and she wears XS or XXS gloves. I'm not kidding, the fingers are about 2/3 the size that they need to be to be proportionate to the body of the glove.

Too bad, as they are beautiful gloves and clearly very well made. Well worth the money, if you have short fingers. (Posted on 12/31/16)
Great Winter GloveReview by Scoty
I've tried Knox, Furygan and Klim winter riding gloves...I've ridden with a few Gp race gloves too. I find the more I ride the more I appreciate an old school style glove. These remind me of a warm version of the Vanson Rocket. This was another of my favorite simple gloves they just feel so much better than Japanese gloves with armour plastered everywhere. I try not to crash these days anyway. The other reviews helped me get the sizing spot on first try. I measured 9.5 on the size chart an 11 was perfect. Fit was snug when out of the box, but breaks in with one nice long ride I can fit a silk liner in there and I don't know if they changed the design but the gauntlet fit over any of my Jackets, Winter textile or leather. With a Kanetsu Winter vest and now these I'm set! (Posted on 12/16/16)
Love These Gloves!Review by Mark
I am beginning to think that any leather product sold by Aerostitch is the best in class. I bought the Combat Touring boots and love them.

After 2 cross-country trips with multiple types of armored riding gloves that eventually began to fail at the stitched seams, I decided to try the Ropers, and Gauntlets. I have reviewed Ropers already, now for these insulated gauntlets.

First, $135 price tag is no issue. The sting of the cost immediately resolves when you slip these babies on. I measured at size 11.5, but went up 1/2 size to 12. I broke these in on a recent coastal ride, with starting temps along the coast in the 50's. I ride a K-1600 and have had problems in the past with cold hands, even with the grip heaters on. With these gloves I had no problems with the cold or wind. The insulation does the trick, and the gauntlets fit easily and nicely over the cuffs of my Tourmaster jacket. The hook and loop closures work neatly and nicely. The padding seems like it will do the trick. I had NO problem with break in and can't imagine getting these wet to do so!

I will from now on haul these gloves along,mix not actually wear them, and switch on and off with my Ropers and Competition Gloves.

Only question is: do I have to treat this leather or not?

I highly recommend this insulated gauntlets! (Posted on 7/8/16)
Pretty goodReview by Brian
Like people said about sizing, go ahead and order up 2ish sizes depending on your hand size. Maybe go up 2 solid sizes so they're not too tight. I have gangly skeleton fingers so I ordered to a size 11 and I'm a 9.5 in regular Lee Parks M size. The right hand is a little tighter but they're good enough. I found the threshold of temperature is roughly 34°F. You'll need heated gloves after the fact or at least brush guards to help with wind a little. I'm on a r100gs with no guards and the heated grips are old and provide minute amount of heat. Even on my old r1200gs, the heat didn't help much. Overall I'd say they're decent gloves, but don't count on them for long rides in that cold weather. Lake Shore Drive winds and 34°F had my hands hurting after my 30 minute commute, but my tolerance of cold is non existent. Good quality glove though and only have about 300 miles on them, but it's all been through this tail end of February and March in Chicago which is still no picnic, as Midwesterners are very familiar with the tumuluous weather. (Posted on 3/18/16)

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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.

Some additional Notes on Insulated Elk Ropers

You'll immediately notice some of the nuanced control precision of your summer gloves is absent or reduced. You do get used to this, but it's can be little disconcerting at first. Like most insulated types, these gloves may take a little time to mold to the shape of your hand so you'll experience a comfortable and familiar level of dexterity. It took a few days, maybe a week, before I felt good about the pair I am using now.

It's important with all cold weather gloves that they don't fit too tightly. Having insulative air space around fingers is important for warmth and to prevent finger cramping. One doesn't want to be fighting against the glove to be able to have a good grip.

Separately, to speed break in and improve fit, if a warm day happens to come along and you've got a longish ride planned, soak these gloves fully, then wring them out and wear-them-to-fully-dry while riding. After this they'll be molded-to-shape, and fitted to your hands a little more perfectly. Disclosure: I've never tried this with the merino wool insulated ropers but have had good success doing this with several models of regular Aerostich elk gloves, so it should also provide the same good result with the insulated ones.

Lastly, I've treated the backsides of my merino insulated elk gloves with some 'glove proof' brand waterproofing product. Alternatively, I've also sprayed silicone waterproofing sprays on the backsides of elk gloves with pretty good results. Neither treatment makes them waterproof for extended rain exposures, but for commuting, light intermittent rains, mist and road spray situations a water repellent applied to the backside of these gloves makes a difference.

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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.

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