Should Black Leather Motorcycle Gloves Turn Hands Black?
by ROGER HEUMANN on Aug 19, 2021
On Facebook, a rider recently commented that after riding in the rain, the black leather from his gloves leeched its dye into his skin.
This shouldn’t happen, but sometimes does …
… so we thought we’d explain why it happens and how it can be prevented.more
Why Black Leather Motorcycle Gloves Sometimes Turn Your Hands Black
Sometimes, new leather gloves “bleed” when wet — especially premium leather gloves made from drum dyed leather.
Drum dyed leather is actually preferred for gloves, because it’s softer and more breathable than cheaper leathers where the coloring is simply sprayed onto the top surface of the leather.
But this is also the reason for the “color migration” problem that riders sometimes experience. Here’s why:
With premium drum dyed leather, dye is applied to the leather by soaking all the way through.
The Solution: How To Avoid it
We prevent this in a couple of ways.
So, onto solution #2.
For instance, waterproof or windproof gloves shouldn’t bleed, due to the liner that is added between the leather and the glove’s inner lining.
Lined leather gloves shouldn’t bleed, either … but sometimes, lined leather gloves aren’t the answer.
For instance, our black leather fingerless gloves — popular in the summer — are not lined, because that would make them too warm.
So in the case of buying unlined gloves, make sure you buy a brand where the leather is properly treated to avoid this problem (like ours!).
So — even though you may mistakenly assume that your hands turning black is a sign of a cheap glove or a defect in the glove, that’s really not the case. But steps can be taken by the manufacturer to prevent it.
Now you know what to look for when purchasing a black leather glove, to keep hands from turning black!
P.S. We make over 70 styles of gloves, and some with free shipping. To learn more about our leather motorcycle glove styles, visit a local dealer or our online store: