Deerskin Gloves vs. Cowhide Gloves


Deerskin is one of the most difficult leathers to work with, both in it’s tanning process, and in the making of leather goods. This, and limited availability, prevents it from being a leather that can be stamped out and sewn into products by the millions using inexperienced labor and many common mass production methods. When done properly however, it produces one of the strongest, softest, most durable, and comfortable gloves you can wear.

A properly cut deerskin glove has stretch width-wise and very little stretch lengthwise. This means a snug fitting glove that will expand with your hand when you make a fist or grip something, but the fingers won’t stretch or become floppy.

The physical structure of deerskin leather is different than other types of skins. It’s elongated interwoven fibers give it an extremely high shear strength and abrasion resistance. The spaces between the fibers make the leather soft and comfortable over a wider range of temperatures than others. In other words: cooler in the warm weather and warmer in the cold weather.

The combination of a naturally superior leather, tanner, cut, and sewn by experienced crafts people using age old processes, results in a product that truly “fits like a glove”.

Unlike man-made materials that appear flawless, any skin has surface scratches and scars, etc., and contain subtle variations in color and texture resulting in natural markings which add to the uniqueness of each item. These variations in no way affect the durability or performance of the glove. Normal use will enhance the character of this leather.


5 Responses to “Deerskin Gloves vs. Cowhide Gloves”

  1. John Dean Says:

    I cannot agree more Paul. The Deer Sports Elkskin 2-tone gloves I bought from your company earlier this year are the best looking, most comfortable gloves I have ever had. And they do hold up in the cool– previously I had 3 pairs of gloves for the year — now I need only two, my Deer Sports for nine months and my @@@@@@ heavy winter gauntlets for the rest of the time.


  2. Swede Says:

    You are right on. This is the first time in my life that I have a pair of gloves that fit perfect. I can even change the channel with the gloves on. These gloves are made very well, heavy duty and very soft and comfortable. I bought the Deerskin Touring Gloves and I am very happy with them. I am looking forward to putting thousands of miles on them.


  3. Joel Says:


    I’m trying to find the warmest yet very comfortable pair of riding gloves for winter riding. which pair do you recommend? thanks.

  4. Juice Says:

    Do deerskin gloves shrink or stretch if they get wet? When purchasing a new pair of deerskin gloves, should I buy them snug or loose?

  5. Terri Says:

    Juice — any leather gloves will stretch somewhat and conform to the contours of your hands. That’s why you should not pull on the fingers to get them off (fingers will stretch). As for an initial snug or loose fit, remember they stretch, but trying to stuff a size medium hand into a size small glove will #1: make it very hard to close your hand or grip small objects (like a throttle) and #2: likely split the seams.

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