What about the front quarter horse hide? It is definitely heavier than either the lamb or the goat and it is supposedly more abrasion resistant than calf with a coarser grain, but it has greater variation and may not be as heavy as the calf. Horsehide might be your tougher 24-25 oz.
FQHH is no longer available.
Hmm I'm thinking I'm gonna go for lamb qdr? I mean its not like its gonna rip. Its just not as strong as calf. I do really like the idea of how strong the calf is though. Ahh decisions. I also want this to last as long as possible. Anyone with experience with calf and lamb want to comment about the breaking in process and such?
In the same way that a varsity has sleeves made of the same lamb as all of the other leather jackets, and is made by the same people sometimes, yet the varsity gets outgunned by the leather jackets by like 50 to 1 seemingly, the MDR and QDR are very close... yet so far apart. It's just one of those really good recipes that comes together to make a really impressive piece. The MDR is no slouch obviously, but the QDR has just the right bit of everything, makes it seem like it's on a totally different level than the MDR. I've been charging the same price for both, probably shouldn't have...