Tougher: Cowhide Leather Or Buffalo Leather? The End Of The Debate

What makes a masculine man? Certainly, the answer is very hard to tell, but one of the most immediate images that come to your mind is a biker – relentless, adventurous, and adamant. And a biker fully geared to brave the road. What better treat for these hot shots than to gift them with quality biker leather jackets and other signature biker apparel to keep them tough and safe? But with such a plethora of sellers out there, what should you buy, really? And how do you find out if it’s the best quality there is? And thus the unending debate on which is better material for your biker leather jacket – buffalo leather or cowhide.

What is the difference of the leather that cowhide has in comparison to buffalo?

Worry not, because we will answer that question once and for all.

Before we arrive at the answer, we have to first do a little anatomy of these fantastic beasts’ skin. As our eyes see it, buffalo skin is thicker than cowhide, but in production, the totality of buffalo skin is not utilized. After the skin is removed, the leather is separated into several layers, and the most commonly used of these are called the top grain layer, which is the outermost, furry layer; and the split grain layer, which is the inner part. The most top notch biker leather jackets use these two, but have more preference on the top grain layer over the split grain. These leather jackets usually have a thickness ranging between 1.5 mm and 2 mm. These are what you should be looking for.

So when manufacturers process the skin of buffalo and cowhide, they actually split it to the same, equal thickness, regardless of the observation that buffalo’s skin is thicker than cowhide before processing. That should be properly established before we move on.

Cowhide or Buffalo leather?

Alright, here we go: Which is better, cowhide or buffalo? Technically speaking, there had to be quite a few differences between the two before processing. However, these differences diminish, if not totally gone, after the skins are manufactured. There is no more difference in terms of durability. So yes, they are equally capable of protecting you from injuries and punctures. Both are equally good and you can thank the manufacturers for giving them equal footing regarding the ability to protect you from harsh climate and weary, as well as treacherous roads.

But to give credit where it’s due, there is only one difference of the leather that buffalos produce: It’s slightly softer than cowhide. For those who want a gentler feel, you might want to choose buffalo leather. But for those who want it tough and strong, you can either choose between the two. It’s your call.

So there you go, you can be free to choose your biker leather jacket with flair, not worrying about which material is better. And you can take on any road, as long as you are wearing that jacket.

Just don’t try to fall off a cliff, or purposefully hit another moving vehicle, okay? No amount of leather can protect you from injuries caused by those kinds of collisions. Happy biking!