Saddle Leather


Definition of Saddle Leather

Saddle leather is made from vegetable tanned hide obtained from cows, although it can also be made from other big animals such as horses and buffalos.

This kind of leather is often confused with bridle leather but they're not exactly the same since their tanning processes differ.

Saddle leather is treated using vegetable tannins where natural materials such as tree bark are used. The process takes several weeks and a lot of manual labor to complete. 

Meanwhile, bridle leather is treated using a mixture of vegetable and chrome tanning, a process that takes less time than when vegetable tanning is used alone.

To differentiate the two types of leather by their looks, saddle leather has a more rustic look with visible grains and irregularities while bridle leather has a refined look.

Waxes and oils are added to saddle leather to make it more resistant to water, stains, and wear and tear. The result is leather that’s tough with a distinctive appearance, making it a popular choice for saddles and other outdoor equipment.

If your outdoor bag is made of saddle leather, our Tradesman Tool Tote and the Waxed Canvas Backpack are two good alternatives that offer you such resilient properties. Both are made of rugged water-repellant waxed canvas that withstands everything thrown their way. 

Tradesman Tool Tote


Waxed Canvas Backpack


Because of the wax and oil treatments used, saddle leather requires less maintenance than other leather processed without wax treatment.

Example of Saddle Leather in a sentence

“I purchased a bag made of saddle leather because I was informed it can withstand the weight of my tools.”


Equestrian leather, harness leather.

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