Tips for Selecting The Right Skin For Your Leather Jacket

Tips for Selecting The Right Skin For Your Leather Jacket

If you are going to buy a leather jacket for you, then take a moment to select the right leather for your jacket. Usuallyhides people don’t pay much attention on the skin type and for most of the people a leather jacket is just a leather jacket. But you will be taping your back after some time if you pay attention on the type of skin for your leather jacket.

If you think that all the leather comes from the cow then you are absolutely wrong. Right now following types of skins are being used by major leather jacket producers:

  • Goatskin
  • Sheepskin
  • Lambskin
  • Cow skin

Each of these skin types have their own features. Let’s have a brief look at the features of these different skin types.


Goatskin is not a very good option for leather jacket. Although it is very soft, flexible and durable but it is not very good against water. So if you live in a part of the world where most of the time raining season prevail, then it’s not a good choice at all.

However, goatskin being soft and pliable, is an ideal option for some stylish and durable leather jackets. It is quite thin and is more flexible than the horse or cowhide leather. The best thing about a goatskin leather jacket is it being water resistant.

Apart from its features, goatskin comes in two different qualities, one is the pure goatskin, that we use in our leather jackets, while the other one comes with a mixtures of goat leather and cardboard. The best goatskin is the top grain leather that has a pebbled surface.


It’s equally flexible to the goatskin but it’s much lighter in weight. But the downside is its durability. Sheepskin is not really tough so if you plan to wear your leather jacket most of the time then the life will not so long. The twin-face sheep skin is commonly used in most of the leather jackets made from sheepskin.

The Grade-A Sheep skin is quite dense, and is extremely soft. Also it is the most durable and is more breathable as compared to any other quality of sheepskin. It easily fleece breathes, wicks away the moisture. It is naturally thermostatic and this makes it a perfect option for a leather jacket.


Lambskin is the lightest in weight as compared to other skins. Its really soft and smooth but it can be scratched very easily. Lambskin leather jackets are thin and stretchable. They fit perfectly with the shape of your body. Its softness is unbeatable and you’ll never feel that you are wearing something rugged or stiff. One thing you may dislike about lambskin is that if it’s stretched beyond a certain limit, it may lose its original shape and beauty, and would eventually become lose. Overall, it’s a great choice when it comes to a leather jacket. You just need to handle it with care.

Cow skin

It is really thick, hard, and tough and have a bit more weight. It is not only used for jackets but also in other practical usage such as Motorcycle protection due to its durability. Cow skin is also known as the cowhide, and is commonly used in most of the leather jackets. The best part about cow skin is that it has the animal’s original coloring. This means, there are no artificial or industrial colors applied.

This features make the cowhide leather jackets a natural look and beauty. When it comes to cleaning, you can simply use your vacuum cleaner to get rid of the stains and damp cloth. However, to wash it, you should take it to a professional. Don’t forget to read the instructions on the label.

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