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What Type of Leather You Should Choose For Your Leather Bag?

We understand that there can be some confusion when you're searching for the perfect leather bag. With so many amazing bags and pictures of models sporting them, it can be challenging to make a decision. The primary confusion arises when choosing the type of leather to select. Rest assured, we're here to assist you in selecting the right leather bag for your needs.

The High On Leather bag collection mainly consists of 3 kinds of leather material.

Goat Leather Duffel

1. Goat Leather Bags-

When we say goat leather, people's minds usually turn towards all those Amazon or thrift store leather bags that they purchased with very cheap quality and did not last very long. Well, this is where High On Leather draws a line.

Our goat leather collection is vegetable tanned without any use of chemicals, but not only that, we have our separate tanneries where they are made to last.


Unfortunately, there are some manufacturers and companies who sell poor quality satchels and bags made from low quality leather at a very high cost. This is what we have been driven by to try and change as well as fight against. It can basically down to the tanning process. Poorly tanned leather of any sort can carry an odor - largely an overly strong leather/earthy or even acrid smell which is not appealing.

High On Leather however, ensure that our bags undergo the best possible practices from start to finish - beginning with making sure our hides are all individually hand picked for quality, not bought in bulk.

We then have all the hides washed up to 6 times, before tanning. Only then are they tanned professionally to a high standard. We can assure you, unlike our competitors, our bags will only smell beautifully of real leather.

Pros Of Goat Leather Bags -

  • Cheaper in Price
  • Vintage Look
  • Lightest Leather Bag in Weight
  • Soft and Supple
  • Water Resistant

Cons of Goat Leather Bags -

  • Lasts less than Cowhide Bags
  • Average Age : 3-6 Years (Depends on usage)
  • Stretches a little with age
  • Low Resistance
  • Little Scratches and Marks to it (due to markings/cuts on goat skin)



Full Grain Leather Messenger

2. Full Grain Cowhide:

Well, this collection is something we are really proud of. Our hiking backpack has been used by many customers and bloggers since launch. This bag has stayed the same true classic design and has remained very popular since.

Everyone knows most about cowhide leather as they are used in most of leather shoes, jackets, gloves, etc. One thing that makes our leather bags different from other brands is the use of Vegetable Tanned Full Grain Leather.

Read more: Best leather for making leather bags.

Pros Of Cowhide Leather Bags:

  • Rugged Look to it
  • Long Lasting
  • Average Age : 10-15 Years (Depends on Usage)
  • No Leather Smell
  • Leather Lining Inside
  • No Scratches

Cons of Cowhide Leather Bags:

  • A little heavier than Goat Leather Bags
  • Higher in Price than goat leather (Not to competitors prices)


Full Grain Leather Duffel

3. Premium Full Grain Leather :

Well, this is not officially a category of leather. This category is created by us in order to explain why some of our bags are more expensive than our regular bags.

This premium full grain leather category contains our Leather Military Duffel which was nominated the strongest leather duffel by US Military Blog. Our Saddle Leather Briefcase, which is made of saddle leather, also one of the strongest leathers around. We also have a few other buffalo leather bags.

The reason it comes in this premium category is because they are known for their strength and apparently can last for life. These bags age gracefully and look absolutely amazing while carrying.

Pros of Premium Full Grain Leather Bags:

  • Strong and Rugged Look
  • Amazing finish
  • Last for a lifetime
  • Water resistant
  • Average Age: 30 Years or above (Depends on usage)
  • Leather Lining Inside
  • No Scratches

Cons Of Premium Full Grain Leather Bags:

  • A little heavier than cowhide (Depends on size)
  • Higher Price than Full Grain Cowhide Bags (not to the other brands who are selling bags)


(Authored and fact checked by SEO Singh.)


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