The most commonly used leathers are made from goatskin, deerskin, cowhide, bison, calfskin, and lambskin. The durability of cowhide does not compare to other types of leathers out there. Cowhide is, in fact, cheaper than other leathers made out of different animal skin, but don't let that sway your decision. Cowhide is the most popular for a reason, it is the most impervious and durable leather available on the market. Motorcycle riders have sworn by their cowhide leather jackets for almost a century, and today the fashion industry uses the leather’s casual matte finish to create countless styles of jackets.
So, still trying to decide which animal leather is best for you? Take into consideration that deerskin and bison are the most similar to cowhide, but maybe a little bit more pricey. Goatskin is much softer and lighter than cowhide, and will most likely feel worn in from the first wear. While goatskin is seen as an all-around great leather, it does come at a higher price tag. Lambskin is as soft as it gets when it comes to leather. The supple and smooth leathers made from lambskin are often used for more luxury jackets and goods which can be worn year round due to the lightweight feel. Calfskin offers a balance between super smooth and also durable. It shares the same rugged look as cowhide but, it has a softer feel and a smoother surface.