Types of Leather Driving Gloves

There are really three main styles, the mesh-back style, the full finger style, and the fingerless style. The mesh-back variety is made to keep the hands cool, so they are good for the summer or in a warm climate. The full finger option offers extra warmth, and can help you keep your fingers warm while walking out to the car in the winter. And another variation is fingerless, which keeps your hands cool while providing a good grip for your palms. These don't work quite as well, though, if your fingers still get sweaty.

We've covered the different styles avaliable. The next thing to consider is the type of material you're looking for. They are usually made from one of the following materials.

Deerskin Leather Driving Gloves
Very good looking and supple. They feel nice and soft on the inside, and breathe well. Good for horse riding as well.

Lambskin Leather Driving Gloves
Even softer and more supple than deerskin. They will stay soft for many years.

Kangaroo Leather Driving Gloves
More flexible and soft than cowhide, but stronger and more durable than deerskin or lambskin. Because they are so strong, these can also work well for a variety of other purposes.

Cowhide Leather Driving Gloves
Those made of cowhide are the most durable of all, but they may take a little longer to break in than the others. They also tend to be less expensive.

There are other types that are called "leather driving gloves", but what they refer to has more to do with horses than cars. They are often made very, very thin, but are not quite as tight, and are often insulated for fall and wintertime horse riding. The grip on these is designed to help you hold the reins or a whip, not a steering wheel.