Peccary is supposed to be quite durable actually, despite being soft, which was why it was initially used as gloves...although I suspect that there's also bit of showboating there too, where some prissy 19th century English lord spent some serious fuck-you money to pay a guy to sail all the way to South America to find one of these pigs, fight it, kill it, skin it, and bring the leather back to London.I'd like to buy my father a pair of gloves for his birthday coming up. I'd like what I've seen from Hungant, so I'd like to order there.
He now has a pair of Hestra gloves that look disastrous. He used them in during snow etc and did not take good care of them. So I'm looking for a pair of gloves with a high durability, so no peccary I guess. What do you guys recommend?
It sounds like your dad might not be very nice to his gloves, and if that's the case, then it won't really matter if you go with peccary or plain old hairsheep, which might be a bit less durable but is also half the cost. There's some talk of button closures above and for that, I am not a traditionalist. No button at all isn't great because the glove will tend to slide off. Buttons with holes are also annoying because you can have a hard time with it if the other hand is gloved. Mine are a pair of Dents Rushtons, which has a strap and snap button closure, which is easy enough to operate with a gloved hand, though in a perfect world I would prefer a buckle like the side tabs on trousers. Another feature that is handy is touchscreen capability, which can be hard to find in "heritage" style gloves. You can add it yourself later if you're a bit of a tinkerer, but a glove that has this included is best, even if it's not super CM.
Of course, when things require actual durability, my go-to are a pair from the world famous haberdasher REI. Comes with Gore-Tex lining, PrimaLoft insulation, rubberized palms, touchscreen index fingers, big buckles that you can operate with a gloved hand and probably with your toes or your teeth even, little slots for a handwarmer pack, and 1/3 the cost of my Rushtons. Sometimes the old ways are not the best ways unfortunately.