Summer gloves come in a variety of styles and shapes, with features such as air scoops, abrasion pads and plush linings. As with jackets, cowhide is probably the most common material used. Deerskin and goatskin, however, are more flexible, and elkskin has the advantage of retaining shape and strength when wet. Technical advances in textile design have made synthetic gloves protective also, but watch out for the flimsy stuff. Look for features that pertain to your riding style; for instance, gauntlets will keep 'skeeters or icy drafts from flying up an open sleeve on long rides, but they may not be desirable for short summertime putts.