What type of leather do I use for gloves?

Leather Overview


Elkskin is known for its soft leather which provides excellent comfort, dexterity, and a significant degree of natural insulation. Available in heavier cuts, grain elkskin is the leather of choice for our premium stick welding and driving gloves.


Deerskin is more supple than elk, making it an excellent choice for products that feature dexterity as the main benefit. This medium-thick weight is perfect for our Mighty MIG™ welding gloves, providing a balance of dexterity, comfort, and insulating protection. In its split leather form, deerskin is unbeatable for making the finest, high-dexterity TIG welding gloves.


Cowhide is the overall favorite leather because it strikes a good balance among durability, dexterity, abrasion resistance, and comfort. Cowhide is the most versatile leather and can yield a wide range of thickness and distinct grades from a single hide. This versatility makes it suitable for anything from welding gloves and accessories, to driving and work gloves, to full welding jackets and other protective apparel.


Goatskin is considered to be both durable and supple. Mostly available in thin cuts, this leather is great for products made for light to medium protective needs. Pound for pound, Goatskin is very durable leather; however, the leather is only available in relatively light cuts. The high lanolin content of goatskin makes it very supple leather. Goatskin is reserved for producing TIG welding, driving, and ergonomic gloves where dexterity is important.


Pigskin is a resilient, moderately supple, lighter-weight leather that is suitable for making medium thickness performance gloves and apparel. Pigskin is known for resilience, holding up well against abrasion. Slightly thinner than Cowhide and not as dense, Pigskin features the ability to stay pliable with wear and an ability to withstand stiffening after exposure to moisture.


Kidskin is the leather from a young goat. This leather is softer than goatskin and offers even greater dexterity, but is similar in the other aspects. Kidskin is used in TIG gloves where dexterity is of crucial importance.

Leathers for Gloves

Stick Welding Gloves

Thicker cuts of leather deliver the most protection. Various grades of grain and split leather cowhide are most popular. Other leathers include elkskin, pigskin, and goatskin.

MIG Welding Gloves

Medium thickness leathers achieve a balance between protection and dexterity for MIG welding. Leathers used for MIG include heavy deerskin, pigskin, goatskin, and fine cut cowhide.

TIG Welding Gloves

Thin-cut leathers provide the needed dexterity for TIG welding. Our selection of leathers includes kidskin, goatskin, and split deerskin.

Ergonomic Gloves

Thin-cut grain goatskin and synthetic leathers provide the high dexterity and snug fit that are hallmarks of these gloves.

Driving Gloves

Supple medium cut grain cowhide, elkskin, goatskin, and pigskin provide the snug-fitting performance and durability needed for driving gloves.

Leather Palm Gloves

Leather palm gloves are made for general protection.

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