Some folks are just harder on things! If you are one of those folks, you will appreciate the added durability of Water Buffalo Leather. Water Buffalo has a different fiber structure, more "stringy" - which gives it more stretch, it also has superior abrasion resistance over cowhide. It has a reputation for being tough, tear resistant and ironically more flexible than cowhide tanned equally. When you choose to upgrade your leather to the water buffalo, it will be a distressed, multi-toned brown. The chrome-oil tanned hide has been tumbled to give it a pliable yet firm feel. A lightly brushed top coat shows distresses without looking overly worn. This optional upgrade is a full grained, mid-weight 5 ounce leather.