A Guide to Select the Right Type of Leather for Gloves

There are different types of leather that you can find around the world, each with different characteristics. Because leather products have more durability, flexibility, lifespan, abrasion and strength they are considered to be an ideal choice for workers. Deerskin, goatskin, lambskin, calfskin and cowhide are some types of leather materials that are the most common in making gloves.

Types of Leather

Understanding the different types of leather and their characteristics will help you in offering the right leather gloves to your customers.

Cowhide Leather

Cowhide is the most commonly used leather. Taken from the hides of cows, cowhide leather material is popular due to the durability, comfort, and texture, thus most of the manufacturers consider it ideal for working glove as it offers a great value in terms of texture and appearance too. Other than the mentioned advantages dirt and water resistance are few other benefits.
There are many different sizes and qualities available in the cowhide leather depending on the types of cow. However, full-grain leather is considered to be the best quality leather. Moreover, the tanning and finishing process of cowhide material is similar to box calf but the fibre thickness of both differs significantly from each other.

cowhide leather

Deerskin leather

North America is the place where you can get the finest quality deerskin. It has a much softer and lighter with the durability and strength of cowhide. Because of it its supple and smooth touch, deerskin is widely used in making of high-quality leather gloves as well as for different types of leather products. As deerskin is among one of the softest leathers it easily conforms to the hand and provide improve flexibility.

deerskin leather

Sheepskin Leather

Sheepskin leather is also known as shearling. The velvety-soft touch of sheepskin leather is the distinguishing factor. It is also the most comfortable and the thinnest leather. Moreover, it offers maximum dexterity and touch sensitivity. Therefore it is widely used for casual and country gloves because of its snug fit feature. New Zealand is home to the world’s finest sheep leather that is delicate and lightweight.

sheepskin leather

Goatskin Leather

Goatskin leather is rated high in strength and abrasion-resistance properties. It is considered as the strongest leather due to its excellent tear-resistant capability. Goatskin is softer and lighter than cowhide because of its natural oil content that makes it flexible but at the same time durable and coarse. Goatskin is mostly recognized but its ‘pebble’ grain characteristics

goatskin leather

Buffalo Leather

The leather derived from Buffalo is highly durable, strong, and rugged. Cape Buffalo is considered as the durable leather. The thickness of Buffalo leather offers best puncture resistance and abrasion resistance along with the breathability. As buffalo hides do not go through stretching process because otherwise, they would lose the texture and their distinctive textured aesthetic appeal, they are a lot smaller than cowhides. However, the leather derived from buffalo hide is equally firm.

Buffalo leather

Elite Leather specializes in the best range of high-grade leather gloves and other leather products designed to provide an optimal level of comfort, flexibility and abrasion resistance along with other features.

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