One of the outstanding features of a high-quality leather jacket is its durability.
Generally speaking, the larger the animal, the more substantial the leather will
be, both in thickness and in weight. While a leather jacket purchased at a discount
store may seem like a bargain, it won't look as good nor last nearly as long as
a premium one. The investment is well worth it: when quality leather jackets are
properly cared for, they can last a lifetime.
2. Quality Workmanship
The superior quality of construction in a leather jacket shows through the attention
to detail that is given by the artisan who is dedicated to producing a high-end
product communicating the sense of timeless beauty. Overland works with the top
leather tanneries and manufacturers of the world, and we pride ourselves on delivering
the very best.
3. Types of Leather
The type of leather is a huge determining factor in a coat's function and feel.
There is no "best type" of leather; rather, each has its own unique characteristics
and strengths. Here's a breakdown of various types of leather:
Cowhide is the most common leather used in leather jackets,
not just because of its wide availability and low cost, but because of its toughness,
durability, and resistance to water and dirt. It offers great protection –
most motorcycle jackets are crafted from cowhide, for example – but can take
some time to wear- in due to its stiff texture. With its versatile matte finish
and casual appeal, cowhide is widely accepted as the go-to leather for an affordable
Bison leather is very similar to cowhide in terms of its ruggedness
and durability, but it also boasts a beautiful natural grain patterning that cowhide
generally doesn't have, lending a rich, earthy look and texture. The thick grain
also makes bison leather great for protective motorcycle gear.
Dense and incredibly durable, deerskin is not only ideal for
leather jackets, but is also commonly used to make leather gloves and handbags.
It's wonderfully supple and gets softer and softer the more you wear it. Deerskin
is perfect for someone who wants the same toughness and durability as a cowhide
jacket, but with a softer, more elegant feel.
Goatskin is a great all-around leather that, like deerskin,
is softer, lighter, and more flexible than cowhide. Also very durable, goatskin
jackets often look even better after years of wear than when new. The Navy and Air
Force use goatskin for their G-1 and A-2 flight jackets, respectively. Goatskin
is quite supple and has a pleasing pebble grain.
Lambskin is the crème de la crème of leather
in terms of softness, suppleness, and wearability. It has a luxurious texture and
is quite versatile, working equally as well in an elegant, full-length coat or a
chic, cropped leather jacket. Naturally very lightweight, leather jackets made from
lambskin can be worn comfortably year-round.
Calfskin shares some of the same rugged characteristics as cowhide but has a softer, finer feel and a smoother surface. While generally thicker and heavier than lambskin, calfskin combines some of the toughness of cowhide with the supple, lightweight feel of lambskin.
4. Fashion, Fit, & Extras
Another indicator of quality in a leather jacket is its cut. The care taken in constructing
a beautiful, well-fitting, figure-flattering coat should be apparent. Does it fit
well in the sleeves when you move your arms around? Do the zippers seem sturdy and
move smoothly? Is the cut complementary to your shape? Carefully choosing a finely-crafted
coat guarantees that you'll look and feel your best, year after year.
Many leather jackets feature luxurious lining and trim that offer extra warmth and
durability. Additions such as plush sheepskin lining which lends wonderful insulation,
or fur trim for added elegance and luxurious warmth; these added touches can make
a leather coat really stand out from the rest.
When making an investment in a high-quality leather jacket, it's essential that
you be able to trust the source. Overland has made a name for itself by only offering
the finest leather products for over 40 years, and is committed to providing its
customers with a range of stylish, well-crafted, and durable leather jackets at
every price point.
So which leather jacket or coat is right for you? It depends! We're incredibly proud
of the quality and workmanship in all of our coats, and every single one of them
is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. As you browse through the various styles,
keep these factors in mind and decide which look and type of coat is best for you.
And, if you have any questions, our friendly and knowledgeable product experts are
available 7 days a week at 1-800-OVERLAND (683-7526) and will be happy to assist