Leather is a natural, living material. It is a by-product of the meat industry and one of our oldest materials for clothing. It is beautiful, supple and provides a comfortable fit. Some leathers withstand moisture well, while others are softer. The characteristics of leather are partly a result of where the animal lived. We select our leather with great care and work closely with the tanneries. Since we have been working with leather since 1936, we have a good network of quality-conscious suppliers.
Many of our gloves are made of leather without dyes. For our coloured gloves, we only use drum dyed leather. This requires a better quality raw material than when dying the surface, but means that the leather retains its natural appearance and characteristics. Depending on the intended purpose of the gloves, we choose nappa, suede or split. Elk split leather is porous and insulating and we use it to make our Loke outdoor gloves that are perfect to wear around the campfire. Nappa is more moisture resistant and is therefore used for most of our ski gloves.
Army Leather is our most durable leather, originally used to make gloves for military purposes. It is a specially treated goatskin that withstands tough, outdoor conditions. The leather has good impregnation and its structural properties provide effective protection against moisture.
Cowhide is a durable leather with good impregnation properties. It takes on beautiful nuances in colour when dyed and resists moisture and abrasion well. It is therefore widely used for many of our ski gloves.
Nubuck is a leather where the surface – the shiny and smooth side – is polished giving it a suede-like feeling.
Peccary is wild boar leather from South America. It is soft, smooth, warm and considered to be one of the most exclusive leathers for gloves.
Elk Leather is a soft, rich leather with good insulating properties and a fine texture surface. Although it’s durable leather, it has a slightly sensitive surface. We use elk leather from Sweden and Finland, where the climate produces the best quality hides.
Drum 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 use of chrome or synthetic dyes. The leather is saturated with grease to better repel moisture. It’s beautiful natural colour develops a lovely patina over time as the gloves are used.
Wild boar leather is a robust leather that is both tear and abrasion resistant. It has a porous structure that insulates well. We use Swedish wild boar leather for our Loke outdoor glove.
Glove care 5 tips for a long life
Hestra gloves are made to last. With some love and care they will last even longer. Good for you, good for the environment.
1) Grease the leather regularly and it will resist moisture, wear and tear better. Moisten the leather a little first. Use a polishing cloth and rub in the grease until the leather is saturated. Do this in the evening and the grease is absorbed during the night.
We primarily recommend leather balming sport gloves in goatskin and cowhide. Dress gloves and other leathers such as deerskin and elk leather may get mottled from leather balm.
2) If you have gloves with breathable materials like GORE-TEX©, you should avoid silicone impregnation. It clogs the pores and reduces the material’s breathability.
3) With the carabiner clasp that comes with some models, you can easily attach the gloves to a backpack. In that way, you don’t risk losing them, and they can dry without losing shape.
4) Dyed leather may stain clothing when wet, so don’t place a wet glove on other garments. Choose a model with a natural leather color if you do not want to risk bleeding.
5) Gloves rarely get damaged while skiing. Instead, the edges of skis and boot buckles are normally the cause of damage to your gloves. Be careful when handling your skis or boots!