Quality Driver Style Cowhide Leather Work Gloves are hard to come by and find.
The leather is either too thin or made from inferior cowhide to keep costs down. However, even with a more attractive cost these gloves tend to wear out quickly or fall apart. So, you saved some money but you had to replace them sooner than you anticipated.
The good news is that our friends at Black & Decker have introduced a new driver style work glove that’s very impressive, very durable, and very comfortable. These gloves are so comfortable that you will be happy to wear them all day long.
The gloves feature a traditional driver style design but they have a more durable cowhide, have double stitching throughout for added durability, and have a reinforced thumb crotch that adds life to the gloves. They also have a nice elastic shirred wrist for a snug fit but can be easily donned and removed.
I highly recommend you purchase a pair or two of the Black & Decker DB555 Gloves when your current leather work gloves wear out.
I’m pleased to introduce a new glove to our line of High-Visibility gloves. After all, daylight savings time will end this week so it comes at a very appropriate time and better yet it’s a “lined” fall/winter version.
Why all the fuss about this type of traditional type of leather palm glove?
First, it is a full-featured high quality grain pigskin leather with all of the features only found in more expensive models.
1. Quality select grain pigskin which dries soft and remains supple if they get wet unlike cowhide.
2. Hi Visiblity Orange/Yellow bands on the back of hand.
3. Retro-reflective strips built into the hi-vis bands.
4. Insulated lining for warmth.
5. Reinforced finger tips for added protection.
6. 2.5” Safety Cuff for easy on and off.
7. Unisex sizing: Small – XL
Lastly and most important, this model is a whopping 30% less in savings than the other alternate model which we have been selling for years – and without sacrificing on quality or design. The pricing on this glove is awesome.
The simple answer is BOTH! But we call them Strong Cowhide FencingGloves which are popular among construction workers and ranchers.
However, one of our customers, the Alligator Farm Zoological Park, uses them on their zip line and challenge course which traverses over the zoo and alligators. The park’s guests have been using these gloves (since 2011) to hand break on the zip lines for their durability. Also, since the gloves are completely made from leather (not synthetic) they are safer if consumed by an alligator.
I am predicting that we will see significant and sudden price increases in most cowhide grain and split leather work gloves during 2014. This comes on the heels of the 5 – 10% annual increases over the last three years. Some of our leather work glove suppliers are anticipating another 10% hike in 2014 but I am predicting that the increases will be around 15% and on some models as much as 30%.
Global conditions have resulted in shortages of most cowhides and multiple influences are contributing to the price increases. Examples are:
- China’s recent environmental policies resulting in closure of over 100 leather tanneries that do not use eco-friendly metal-free tanning processes.
- Reduced number of cowhides due to higher feed prices and global droughts.
- Cost of labor increases in China.
- Increased leather demand from auto, clothing, and shoe industries.
Some manufacturers have sourced cheaper gloves in India and Pakistan but the quality of the leather and the craftsmanship is not currently comparable to that in China. Recently, due to customer complaints, we have had to replace some of those inferior leather glove lots that were sent to us without our knowledge and were unfortunately shipped our larger leather glove industrial users. Subsequently, these inferior gloves have been returned to the manufacturer.
As an option to the cowhide leather price increases, I encourage you to consider other alternatives with minimal price challenges such as pigskin, synthetic leathers, and grain goatskin or sheepskin. Otherwise, place your orders now if you want some immediate price protection.