Your second skin
Leather is a fantastic natural material with protecting and ventilating properties. But different leathers work better for different gloves. Sometimes durability is most important, sometimes suppleness. Maybe the glove will be exposed to moisture or very cold weather, or maybe used for calmer activities.
Hestra has worked with leather since 1936. You will notice this when you try on our gloves.
Army Leather is Hestra’s most durable leather. It is a specially treated goatskin that works great for gloves made for rough conditions. The leather has good impregnation and structural properties that provides effective protection against moisture.
Cowhide is a durable leather with good impregnation properties. Hestra uses this for many of the ski gloves. Preferably, the cowhide shall come from Scandinavia, where the climate provides the best leather.
Nubuck is a leather where the surface – the shiny and smooth side – is polished giving it a suede-like feeling.
Lambskin is a thin, soft leather from sheep that has a fine luster. The best lambskin comes from Italy and is used mostly in our Classic gloves.
Peccary is wild boar leather from South America. It is soft, smooth, warm and considered to be one of the most exclusive leathers.
Scandinavian Elk is Swedish moose leather, a soft, rich and warm leather. In contrast, its durability does not equal that of goatskin. Moose leather is therefore best suited for the Classic- collection.
Aniline dyed leather is colored all the way through, allowing the leather to retain its natural characteristics. This method requires higher quality raw materials than when the leather is only surface-dyed.
Ecocuir© is a trademark-protected cowhide that is tanned without the addition of chromium or synthetic dyes. The leather is saturated with grease to better withstand moisture.