Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: plymouth, michigan
I have a pair of the Elkskin ropers, with the conductive thread sewn into the index finger/thumb -tips so you can use your smartphone without taking off the glove. I thought this would be a minor convenience, but came to realize that it's an incredible convenience not to have to take off your glove just to quickly check something on the phone, or change a song, or whatnot. I thought about getting the black ones, since the natural leather color of the originals will look out of place with any piece of riding gear you have. I ultimately decided I didn't care, realizing that there'd be no black dye staining my hands, and the lighter color doesn't absorb sunlight/heat when it's summertime like a black glove will.
They do wear like iron, but are so buttery soft. Not much protection other than what leather will provide in a skid. My silver levers did make the glove a grey-ish color where the fingers contact the clutch/brake levers. A real riding glove shouldn't look pampered and perfect anyway - bring on the lever stains, grease spots and sweat marks!
I've used em in hot weather and they do breathe well, and in the cold, my hands can get chilly when it's in the 50-60's - uninsulated leather does not really have any thermal properties, but they do keep the wind blast at bay. However, they do play well with heated grips, and with my Vstrom's hand guard/shields in place, only the tops of my hands get chilly on cold mornings/night commutes (w/ the heated grips on).
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