Cowhide Versus Horsehide for Concealed Carry Holsters.
Here are a few key differences between our Cowhide and Horsehide Leather products and which might be best for you.
Traditionally, cowhide leather that is unfinished and not moisture sealed will have a tendency to absorb moisture such as sweat from the body when used for concealed carry in the waistband. Since cowhide leather typically has a more open grain, it will absorb moisture faster than horsehide leather.
However, The cowhide leather that we use on our holsters is "hard-rolled" from the tannery. This process condenses the leather fibers and makes it much more moisture resistant, while still staying breathable against the body so it is not hot and does not create sweat while wearing it. Unless you are wearing the holster outdoors, all day, sweating significantly on a regular basis while wearing your holster, the cowhide leather will be very good for you.
Horsehide leather is well known for its durability and resistance to moisture absorption. The reason for this is that horsehide leather is very dense and has a tight grain structure. Horsehide leather is perfect for IWB, In the waistband concealed carry holsters that need to withstand consistent outdoor wear and regular contact with moisture from sweat when worn against the body.
The Finished Antique horsehide pieces that we offer have a unique grain pattern and coloration, making each one an individual. They are typically a little thinner than cowhide leather products and can feel more stiff when new. Horsehide leather holsters will break in at the same rate as cowhide and will become more supple and confirm to your body shape and carry position making them even more comfortable.