Split leather is firmer skin that is the suede side of the skin that is finished to look and feel like top grain leather. It is economically priced and has a durable finish that is ideal for riding protection. The grain is always smooth and matches all panels. There will be no sign of natural scars, scratches or bug bites in the hide. The leather in this item may be a bit firmer but its ready to break in like the leathers of decades ago.