Why use leather gloves?

The natural animal fibers and the aging involved in the tanning process make for a tough but flexible glove. It’s also why the fit improves over time as it “learns” the contours of your hand. That and the fact they protect your hands when used for a huge variety of jobs make leather gloves a natural choice for most workers.

What type of leather is used?

Leather hand protection is offered in cowhide, goat, deerskin, or pig leathers. Even though cowhide is the most popular in the industry, pigskin has higher abrasion resistance and excellent air circulation qualities and retains its flexibility when wet.

Goatskin offers resistance to abrasion and high tensile strength. The high lanolin content means it’s exceptionally soft too. Deerskin offers agility with strength and is especially soft as well.

Leather Type

  • Cowhide: most popular, cost-effective, abrasion-resistant, durable, and heat resistant
  • Pigskin: soft, flexible, does not harden, breathable
  • Deerskin: very soft, supple, comfortable, and lightweight
  • Goatskin: high tensile strength, abrasion resistant, smooth, and flexible
  • Synthetic: weather-resistant, comfortable, lightweight

Types of Cuts for Cow Leather


  • Side split: most durable and provides the most significant protection.
  • Shoulder split: Great economic option but slightly weaker than a side split.
  • Belly split: Even better economically but may have some inconsistent texture and appearance

Our selection of leather hand protection offers a variety of styles:

Driver gloves incorporate slip-on configuration for ease of donning and available with a straight, wing, or keystone thumb.

Leather palm gloves range in full-featured safety cuff, knit wrist, or gauntlet cuff for more protection.

Double palm gloves feature a reinforced palm area for an added protection and longer wear. Kevlar® sewn thread provides additional strength and seam abrasion resistance when used for certain styles. Another popular style option is our cotton canvas on the back of leather palm gloves that adds extra air circulation.

Lined gloves have jersey piled, or 3M™ Thinsulate™ which can be used if the job requires insulation for additional protection from cold weather.

What industries use and/or require leather gloves?

Work that exposes your hands to higher temperatures that can burn often requires a type of leather glove. For example, leather gloves are often used when welding because leather protects from sparks and moderate heat.

The thickness and durability of leather minimize the possibility of getting cuts and abrasions when that may occur. For even more protection, LGS also offers mechanic gloves and impact-resistant gloves with leather properties.

You’ll find leather gloves used for the following:

Welding Industrial Manufacturing
Automotive work Construction Security & policing
Sporting events Outdoor work Driving
What options do I have for cuff construction and lining?

Cuff Construction

  • 2-1/2” Safety Cuff: A very common cuff design that protects the wrist area. Slides on and off easily.
  • 4-1/2” Gauntlet Cuff: This more extended cuff offers the same protection as a Safety Cuff, with increased forearm security.
  • Knit Wrist: A design to hold the glove in place and prevent debris from getting in

Lining Options

  • Fleece: A glove liner that is the most used. It’s made of napped brushed cotton.
  • 3M™ Thinsulate™: Very warn and thin, it’s one of the most popular on the market. Thinsulate™ has around 1.5 times more warmth than down feather lining and absorbs less than 1% of its weight in the water, allowing it to retain its insulating ability even in damp conditions.
  • Pile: This synthetic wool is known for its lower cost and realistic similarity to wool.
  • Foam: With the comfort of a fleece layer and an additional two layers of polyester and polyurethane foam, this lining offers the most value for warmth insulation.

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