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Featured Leather Gloves

Any glove safeguards and comforts hands against cold or heat, injury by friction, abrasion, chemicals and infection and also additionally offers a protection for what a exposed hand should not come in contact with. A leather glove is an en suite covering meant for the hand with a parted casing for each finger and the thumb. This covering is made up of the tanned hide of an animal. Nonetheless, it is common in recent years to come across synthetic leather.

Since thousands of years, leather gloves have been worn by people. The distinctive characteristics of the leather permit for a contented fit as well as functional grip for the wearer. However soft a leather glove may be, the pores present in the leather and grain present on the leather offer a level of friction when "gripped" against an item or surface.

The commonly and mainly used materials for making leather gloves are: Cowhide, Deerskin, Hairsheep (sheep that grow hair instead of wool), Sheepskin, Slink lamb and Peccary. Goatskin is sporadically used for making gloves. Cowhide is more often than not used for low cost gloves whereas deerskin has the advantage of increased strength and flexibility. Gloves made from hairsheep leather are soft to touch, malleable, comfortable and long lasting. Sheepskin is extensively used for casual and country gloves. Slink lamb is being considered as the most expensive while peccary is the world’s rarest and most lavish gloving leather.

Cashmere, silk, wool, wool mixtures and acrylics are the options available for lining in leather gloves. Cashmere is warm, light weight and comfortable while silk is warm in winter and cool in summer. Wool offers natural warmth and comfort as well as elasticity. Silk is most popularly used in women’s gloves.

Leather being a natural product has unique characteristics which makes it comfortable to wear, and offers it immense strength and flexibility. As they are worn and used, leather gloves conform to the wearer's hand, thus making it increasingly flexible, softer and more malleable, the process being known as 'breaking-in' the glove. With passing time ware spots may possibly come up on certain parts of the palm and fingertips, owing to the continuous use of those areas of the glove. Due to the fact that the leather is natural as well as fragile, the wearer ought to take care so as to not damage them. The regular handling of damp surfaces is sure to stiffen the leather and discolor lighter-colored leather gloves.

Leather gloves are most commonly used for sporting events such as baseball, handball, cycling and at times football too in order to get easy grip on the ball. Early Formula One racing drivers made use of wooden steering wheels taken straightway from road cars thereby necessitating the use of driving leather gloves. They additionally offer protection from occupational hazards to construction workers, welders etc. Criminals have also been known to wear them because of the perceptible characteristic of leather to allow enhanced grip and agility.

Fingerless leather gloves are functional where handiness is requisite which full-finger gloves would restrict. Cycling gloves meant for road racing or touring, sailing gloves, cigarette smokers and church organists are all fingerless gloves. Thus when shopping one needs to remember that the costs will range depending on the type of hide, liner and model one opts for. Basic models in simple cuts are least expensive while those having high-quality cuts and custom looks are pricey.