Leatherette or leather? Which one should you use? Which one will serve you best? And the most important question, how do you identify genuine leather?

You see, it’s very easy to get stuck, confused even when trying to decide which material to pick for your upholstery, clothes, car seat covers, and even handbags.

This, of course, is due to the striking similarity between both fabrics. The thing is if you were not told or not experienced, it is quite easy to mistake one for the other.

Perhaps, that’s precisely where you are at right now. Probably, you are at the point where you need to decide between them, but somehow, you can’t seem to make up your mind.

I’ve got you covered. So, regardless of what you know about leatherette or leather, in this article, I’m going to take you by the hand and walk you through everything you need to know about these two materials.

My goal is to ensure you have all the information you need to make an informed buying decision.

So, if you are ready, let’s dive in.

Ok, let’s talk about the different coating options used nowadays to increase the quality level of fabrics.

As you well know, most fabrics are hydrophilic fabrics love water – except for those exceptional cases where the material is treated with artificial coating solutions.

For us, the outdoorsy folks, it is essential to make sure the backcountry clothing we wear is waterproofed or at the least weatherproofed.

In the same vein, ensure your gears’ carry-on, your backpacks, and even tents are all able to keep moisture at bay.

If not, you’d find yourself drenched to the bone when caught in the wrong weather environment.

I’m guessing here that in a bid to find that perfect water resisting apparel, rainwear, pack covers, and or parka, you’ve come across the term “PU coating”.


Don’t worry if you haven’t heard about it yet.

In this article, you’ll learn what PU Coating is, you’ll see how it compares with other coating processes such as TPU and PVC, and you’ll also learn about its applications.

Is polyester waterproof? How about nylon? Well, it depends! Now, perhaps you’re expecting a straightforward yes or no answer. But, the thing is, there’s no simple answer to the question.

Stay with me, and you’ll get to see why.

An unbiased comparison between nylon and polyester when it comes to repelling water is hard to determine, mainly because there are so many factors to take into consideration.

However, we can say with an approximation which one is better and also which one is more suitable under different weather conditions.