What's the difference between Horween and Active leather?

Reese Hammerstrom Updated by Reese Hammerstrom

Both Modern Leather Cases share the same construction of a high-grade, polycarbonate body bonded to a raised TPE bumper on the edge. The difference in the leather used to wrap cover the exterior of the case varies between our Heinen Active Leather and Horween's Traditional Leather. Active Leather is fully hydrophobic due to a unique tanning process and does not rely on a spray-on surface coating.

Below are the key differences between these two types of leathers and what you can expect with use over time.


Our traditional leather is completely genuine and minimally treated from Chicago, USA. The color of the leather is obtained through a natural vegetable tanning process rather than chemical treatments, which imparts the aroma, texture, and visible quality that you want in genuine leather without any of the extra chemicals and treatment.

Because Horween leather is so minimally treated, it is expected to age through contact with the elements as intended. The leather will scratch, scuff, and change color, otherwise known as 'patina.' We consider changes in the color and texture inherent to the elegance of the leather. With continued use, these scratches will buff out and the leather will become less susceptible to wear as your case develops that coveted one of a kind patina. After several months of daily use of this case, you will notice a complete evolution in the texture and ruggedness of the leather.

Active (Heinen):

Our Active leather is sourced from Heinen Leather, located in Germany. While other "water-proof" leather is sprayed with a water-resistant coating that wears off over time, Heinen leather is thoroughly infused with natural lipids that should never wear out. Heinen's special natural tanning process makes this leather extremely water-resistant and durable, perfect for athletic and outdoor applications. Active Leather products are not expected to patina like Horween, but will show signs of age overtime.

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