Leather Gloves have become less popular in recent years due to the adavnces in glove technology with synthethic gloves like Maxiflex that hug the hand but still allow it to breathe. The downside of leather gloves has always been that inside a leather glove the hand can't breathe and so it sweats making the glove uncomfortable to wear for a long time. While there is no way around this, for durability, strength and puncture protection in particular, there is often nothing better than a quality leather glove.
At Armour Safety we are specialists in Leather gloves and have been selling them since we began. We source our gloves from factories in India, Pakistan and China where the gloves are made for us, to our specifications, by ethical businesses with whom we have a long term relationship so we know we can trust their quality. As cows are sacred in India, it is often New Zealand leather that has been exported to India, that ends up coming back here as our gloves.
We have broken our Leather Gloves down into 3 categories. Leather Driver or Rigger Gloves are wrist length gloves that are generally all leather. That leather can be different grades ie: A, AB, B, BC - and will be either grain leather - smooth and plyable - or split leather that is rough and generally cheaper. Most of the leather is Cow Hide as the strongest and best value leather. We do however have some gloves that are Pig Skin Leather or Goat Skin Leather. The advantage of Pig Skin Leather is that it is softer and does not get hard when wet - see our Boss Hog Glove. Goat Skin Leather is thinner/softer and we use this with our overgloves where there is a need to get feel through 2 pairs of gloves.
The other 2 categories are Leather Work Gloves and Leather Welding Gloves. The Leather Work Gloves are generally all Split Leather gloves with a Canvas back and a hardened Safety Cuff that extends slightly below the wrist. These gloves are generally cheaper as they use less leather - but just be aware of the grade of the leather as very cheap leather gloves are usually made of a B class or lower leather and will not last.
Leather Welding Gloves are longer to protect the forearm from sparks. They are made from good quality, thick split leather that holds the sparks off the surface of the glove. They will be "welded" together - internally stitched - as sparks and heat will cut the thread used the make the glove causing them to fall apart. For this reason quality Welding Gloves are made with Kevlar thread which resists heat and sparks. The better the quality of the glove, the fewer pieces of leather will have been used to make it as there is then less stitching where the glove can fail.
Armour Safety are happy to answer any questions about Leather Gloves and provide free samples so you can select the best glove for your application. We have the widest range of sizes of Leather Gloves - in most types we go up to 3XL - but we can accomodate the equivalent of a 5XL sized leather glove if required.
Please select from the following:
Leather Driver or Rigger Gloves - full leather gloves
Leather Work Gloves - leather gloves with canvas back or specialist uses
Leather Welding Gloves