After the 1985 introduction
of Rocket Gloves in cowhide we created a sister design in deerskin. Now
deerskins are much smaller than cowhides - a full deerskin will
measure about 9 square feet, an irregular shape, with all the scars and
damage a wild animal will pick up.
to speak of bullet- (or arrow-) holes. A typical cowhide would be about
45 square feet, so five times the area of the average deerskin, and,
coming from a farmed animal, will be in much better shape. This
surprises people, but a pair of Super Rockets take about 1½ deerskins!
Super Rocket Gloves are classic old-style gloves, using one piece of
deerskin from fingertips to hem on both palm- and top-sides. A knuckle
patch and a palm patch, that covers the side of the thumb and part of
the thumb seam, give added protection.
Complex curves at the wrist give a slim fit, with a
deerskin gusset on the palm side, and a zip-close Octagon Leather gusset
on the outside. Octagon Leather, which is one of our special XL
Leathers, is tanned, waxed and finished in the old way, by hand. It is
used also for the Vanson logo patch and the polished brass double-headed
riveted zipper pull.
To build these gloves we start with selected
deerskins that have been specially tanned. The day before we cut the
gloves, the leather is nourished with a special mixture of oils,
lanolin, waxes and water. Then the leather is rolled up and covered with
plastic to allow the moisture to evenly permeate the fibers. When we
are ready to cut, the leather is unrolled and stretched on a special
toggle frame where it is allowed to sit until it “sets.” Only then can
the leather be cut, always palm to finger along the head to tail stretch
set. Setting the stretch is imperative to allow the leather to give or “let out” across the knuckles when you make a fist. After sewing, the gloves are shaped on heated finger forms before final waxing and buffing.
Because of the double layers of leather over the
palms and across the knuckles you will have to break these gloves in.
You will stretch and shape them by wearing, and later we suggest that
you moisturize with Vanson-Leather-Balm (AC-BALM) preceded by a little
water while you work them with your hands to get the perfect fit. In
this way your gloves will truly become a second skin.
Once broken in you should care for these elegant
hand-built gloves by conditioning them in the same way several times a
year, depending on how much you ride, to replace the nourishment leached
out by wind and sunlight. With proper, regular care these gloves should
last for many miles and many years.
Vanson Super Rocket Gloves are available in both men's and women's sizes.