Bison hides are exposed to a minimal tanning process. These hides have a distinct natural pebble-like grain pattern which is preserved by less stretching when they are tanned. They are soft and pliable to the touch and a big difference when compared to cow hides is the stretchiness. Even after considering these desirable qualities, bison is some of the most durable leather that will last for decades. Bison is widely used for bags, wallets, upholstery, furniture, jackets and belts.