While shopping, be sure to pick up the jacket. Does it feel heavy? Is the lining thick and made from a thick material? If you answered yes, the jacket you found does not fall into the lightweight category. A lightweight leather jacket should feel light on your body, not offer an excessive amount of warmth, and should have a good amount of flexibility. When it comes to leather jackets there are four main types of animal leather commonly used: Cow, Goat, Sheep, and Lamb. Which of these leathers is considered to be lightweight? The top two contenders are sheep and lamb.
Sheep: Sheepskin is desired by those who are looking for a soft, smooth, and a very lightweight leather jacket. The animal hide is known to stretch over time, adjusting to the shape of your body. Sheepskin leather does not offer much insulation, and with an incredible stretch, it’s no wonder why leather jacket makers are using it to create the ultimate lightweight jackets. One thing to keep in mind if you are going with sheepskin is that it’s quite prone to damage due to its delicate nature. If it comes in contact with sharp objects, more often than not, it will leave a mark on the leather.
Lamb: Lambskin leather is the most expensive leather available for consumers today. Known for their high quality, durability, and incredible softness, most luxury leather goods are made from lambskin. When it comes to leather jackets, lambskin is one of the most lightweight options available while still offering enough warmth and protection. Lambskin hides are naturally smaller than, let’s say, cowhides for example. Think about it, a lamb is a much smaller animal. That being said, one of the reasons why lambskin is so pricey is because it’s hard to make large sized pieces out of one single hide. The same goes when it comes to the sensitivity of lambskin because it’s ultra soft, it may scratch more easily than other types of leather.