Choosing Leather Motorcycle Gloves: Which Leather Is Best?
by ROGER HEUMANN on Aug 19, 2021
When people hear that we make motorcycle gloves (for almost 75 years!) we get asked 1 question a lot …
Which leather is best for gloves?
Apologies in advance to Bambi and friends … but when it comes to protecting our paws at 65+ mph motorcyclists have been wearing leather since the beginning … for good reason.
Leather Motorcycle Gloves
First we’ll tell you what you already know: leather is a great material for motorcycle gloves. It protects hands from the elements, as well as from the road and its hazards.
Nothing feels like it, or protects like it.
We all have our favorites … the pair that fits perfectly, gets better with age, and keeps us comfortably protected, mile after mile.
If your leather gloves are comfortable and serve you well, it really doesn’t matter what critter they’re made from … how they feel on your hands and how they wear is what matters most.
But if you are are curious about what kind of leather is best, or are shopping for leather gloves — this post is for YOU.
Best Leather for Gloves?
We’d like to give a simple answer. But in truth, the answer is “it depends”.
Here is a review of the best leather choices for motorcycle gloves:
PS – here’s an interesting fact: the American White Tailed deer is judged the best quality skin of all deer species in the world! So when shopping for deerskin gloves, you may want to look for those made from white tail deerskin.
What about vegan riders and vegan gloves?
We also make 7 different protective gloves that are animal free, for riders who wouldn’t hurt a fly (except for the ones that get stuck in their teeth). (If vegan gloves are your interest, you can learn more about them here).
P.S. Are Leather Gloves Waterproof? Windproof?
- There is no glove material more naturally windproof than leather. So, while you can buy windproof gloves (that is to say, gloves made with a special insert designed to be windproof), in lieu of that, your leather gloves should do just fine.
- It takes more than a leather glove to make a waterproof glove, however. If you’ve ever gotten caught in a downpour, you know and appreciate the performance of a waterproof leather glove with sealed seams, and a Gore-Tex or other waterproof liner.
- For How to Care For your leather gloves, go here.
If you have any questions about leather gloves — caring for them, fitting them, or any other question – leave us a comment!
P.S. We make over 70 styles of gloves, some with free shipping. To learn more about our leather motorcycle glove styles, visit a local dealer or our online store: