Leather Guide

HydraHyde™ Leather

What’s HydraHyde?

HydraHyde® is our patent pending specially tanned leather that is both water resistant and breathable.

And that’s good because?

Standard glove leathers absorb water and perspiration. When they do, they get hot and uncomfortable. When they dry out, they get stiff and boardy, never to regain their original natural feel. And who wants that!

Wells Lamont HydraHyde® leather

  • Stays Drier
  • Stays Softer
  • Breathes Better

This means improved comfort and wear over the life of the leather!

Does it really work?

We’ve tested it through the BLC or British Leather Centre, world-renowned institute for leather research and testing. So for the technical stuff note:

BSEN 420.2003 Sec. 4.2 Water Penetration / Water Resistance Test – We passed with a maximum level 4 water resistance rating.

BSEN 420.2003 Sec 5.3 Water Vapor Transmission / Breathability Test – We passed this one too exceeding minimum requirements by over 200%.

So, how do we use it?

Well, we could have used it by developing extra fancy work gloves with lot’s of extra costs, but we didn’t. Instead, we took our tried and true work glove designs, added a few tweaks, and swapped out that old water absorbing leather with our new HydraHyde® leather.

What we get then is a good trusty work glove that is:

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The Right Hide for the Right Job

At Wells Lamont, we choose our leather carefully. All work glove leather isn’t the same, and neither are all jobs. We’ve put together a quick primer illustrating the characteristics that define leather types and how they’re best used. We want to make sure your hands are always covered with the right materials for the job.

  • Cowhide COWHIDE


    • Most commonly used of the grain leathers
    • Commercially raised
    • Good abrasion resistance


    • Most used, cost effective and versatile of work glove leathers
    • High fiber density equates to high abrasion resistance and strength
  • Deerskin DEERSKIN


    • Naturally soft and flexible
    • Not commercially raised
    • Highest cost of glove leathers
    • Moderate abrasion resistance


    • Most flexible of all work glove leathers
    • Not commercially raised
    • Poor abrasion resistance
    • Ideal for insulated gloves
  • Pigskin PIGSKIN


    • Economical grain leather choice
    • Higher abrasion, puncture and water resistance than other leather
  • Goatskin GOATSKIN


    • Dense fiber structure that retains good strength for a thinner leather
    • Good tensile strength
    • Perfect for medium duty jobs