Selecting Leather Work Gloves

Find all the information you need to choose the right leather work gloves for the job.

There are many factors to consider in choosing the right leather work gloves. Use the charts below to easily find the best work gloves for your applications.

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Leather Palm Gloves
  • Types of Leather
  • Compare Glove Performance
  • Cuff Styles
  • Thumb Construction
  • Find Your
    Glove Size

Cowhide:

Cowhide is the most commonly used leather in work gloves. Cowhide leather is divided into three layers prior to manufacturing. The smooth outer layer (or grain side) is used on "premium" grade styles of leather gloves. It is the strongest, smoothest part of the hide. The bottom layer (or suede side) is used mostly on leather palm styles, which typically have linings to protect the hands against its roughness. The middle layer is usually discarded because it has no tensile strength.
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Deerskin:

Deerskin leather is naturally soft and supple, with excellent dexterity. Deerskin also dries soft and flexible after being wet.
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Goatskin:

Goatskin has the highest natural lanolin content, which makes these work gloves soft and pliable, yet very durable.
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Pigskin:

Pigskin leather is tanned for toughness and pliability. Soft drying and flexible, pigskin withstands moisture without stiffening. Pigskin also has excellent abrasion resistance and durability.
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Cowhide

Deerskin

Goatskin

Pigskin

Dexterity

Good

Very Good

Very Good

Very Good

Durability

Good

Fair

Fair

Excellent

Flexibility

Good

Excellent

Excellent

Excellent

Abrasion Resistance

Good

Fair

Good

Excellent

Dries Soft & Flexible

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cold Blocking

Very Good

Good

Good

Good

Breathability

Fair

Fair

Good

Good

Puncture Resistance

Good

Fair

Good

Good

Knit Wrist Safety Cuff Gauntlet Cuff

Knit Wrist
Provides comfort and a snug fit
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Safety Cuff
Protects your wrist
and ensures quick glove removal
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Gauntlet Cuff
Provides additional wrist
and forearm protection
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Straight Thumb Wing Thumb Keystone Thumb

Straight Thumb
Continuous full leather thumb; seam around thumb
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Wing Thumb
Thumb out to the side;
welts added to the
seams for strength
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Keystone Thumb
Thumb set-in as a separated piece, positioned for maximum comfort, reinforced with extra stitching
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Glove Sizing

To obtain your glove size, use a tape measure to find the circumference of your hand around the palm. This measure, in inches, is your glove size. If the measurement is 10" then specify size 10 or L (Large).

Glove

XS

S

M

L

XL

2XL

Jumbo

Hand

6-7

7-8

8-9

9-10

10-11

11-12

12-13