Leather gloves have been a main stay of hand protection for years. They come in a variety of leathers - cowhide, pigskin, goatskin, and deerskin. Each type of leather performs differently in the important safety categories of abrasion resistance, puncture resistance, flexibility, and tactile sensitivity. Generally, the order of performance in these categories is goatskin, pigskin, deerskin, and then cowhide. This is why, obviously, cowhide gloves are usually the least expensive.