14 Dec 2021

Leather work gloves are very popular and definitely a necessity in terms of safety! Leather has several characteristics that make it a popular choice for work gloves:

Cut Protection                                   Puncture Protection

Impact Protection                              Grip Control

Dexterity                                            Comfort

But how do you go about choosing the right leather gloves for your work? Not all leathers are the equal and not all gloves are made the same. There are many considerations to choosing the best glove for the job.

Our partner, MCR Safety, is a leader in this field and sells over 1 million pairs annually. They have created an online guide to becoming a well-informed purchaser of leather work gloves.

Here is a brief summary of the information you will find on MCR Safety’s website. Quest Safety Products is also here to help you navigate the options.

Leather 101


Which type of leather is most comfortable? Most popular? Tear resistant? Most expensive? Learn the benefits and downsides of each type of hides.

                Buffalo                                 Cowhide                              Deerskin

                Goatskin                              Elkskin                                  Pigskin

Synthetic Leather

What is it and what role does it play in safety gloves?

Splitting Leather Hides

What’s the difference between Grain Leather and Split Leathers? If you’re wearing split leather gloves, did yours come from the animal’s belly, shoulder, or side? Does it really matter? Yes it    does.

Grading Leather and Costs

A leather’s grade directly impacts the overall glove’s longevity. By knowing the differences in leather grading, you’ll avoid unnecessary spending and will be protected with better quality PPE.

Leather Glove Costs

Learn how the leather characteristics determines the cost of the glove you’re wearing.

Cut Styles

The leather glove pattern will determine the overall dexterity and comfort a user will experience when wearing. MCR covers the two most common cut styles.


What thread and stitching style will keep your gloves, and your work day, from coming apart at the seams?

Thumb Styles

What are the options and what will you get?

Back Material

Another aspect that determines the cost and performance of your gloves.

Hems, Sizing, and Cuff Materials

If you don’t pay attention to these features, you may be extremely disappointed if you were needing extra protection or wanting to keep debris out.

Liner Material

Here you can find added comfort or added warmth, both key to a good pair of gloves!

Leather Glove Categories

Drivers                  Palm                      Winter                  Cut Resistant                     Hi-Visibility

Impact                  Utility                    Heavy Duty           Welding

Cleaning Leather Work Gloves:

Tips on how to keep your gloves looking their best regardless of what you put them through.

Leather Gloves FAQ:

Those burning glove questions everyone has.

Common Terms:

Learn the lingo.

Leather Work Gloves Catalog:

Glove details in one downloadable PDF.