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pippa553
May. 12, 2010, 07:07 PM
So to those of you who own CWD saddles what was your final decision on leather type? Did the amount of riding that you do play a part in your decision? Are you happy with the saddle leather? How have they worn? Pictures appreciated! Thanks!

Fun Size
May. 12, 2010, 09:39 PM
I just ordered mine! I went ahead and got calf on the seat and knee rolls, and grain on the flaps. The grain wears longer, and is actually thinner than the buffalo for a closer contact.

Most people in my barn have these options, and they wear well.

Mine is in the mail! It won't be here for another 10 days or so, but I will put pics up then. :D

fascination
May. 12, 2010, 09:42 PM
I was deciding between grain (and partial calf) and full calf. I decided on full calf as that's what my trainers used. They ride (each) anywhere between 2-15 horses a day (usually ~8) six days a week and their saddles are gorgeous, still (and they all ride in jeans!). The calf really is tougher than one would expect--I only used a couple of coats of hydrophane and lederbalsam when I first got it and already it's showing how tough it is (riding in jeans [one to infinity horses four times a week], being set on the ground outside of stalls, getting plunked into tack trunks).

Perhaps if I hadn't had an exceptionally smooth saddle with no blocks for the first fifteen years of my riding life I wouldn't have wanted to treat myself to such a bucket, but it really, truthfully has helped my riding.

doublesstable
May. 13, 2010, 03:05 AM
The CWD that I ride in (then wake up and it's not in my tackroom).... was the full calf...

I demoed the saddle wanted to get it but have to wait... :-((( some day it will be the full calf. (get it - in my dreams)...

The full calf is really nice and grippy. If you are looking for that aspect. And IMHO, the newer design CWD looks "really great" in the full calf.

Nikki^
May. 13, 2010, 05:59 AM
I went with the buffalo seat/knees and the rest full grain. I ride in jeans sometimes and I wanted a saddle that wore like iron. The buffalo is grippy and breaks in nicely.

It was light when I first got it but after a few cleanings it turned to a rich dark color.

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t13/ntorchia/Kioko%20and%20CWD/DSC_0035.jpg?t=1273744653

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t13/ntorchia/Kioko%20and%20CWD/DSC_0037-1.jpg?

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t13/ntorchia/Kioko%20and%20CWD/DSC_0031-1.jpg?

toomanyponies
May. 13, 2010, 09:57 AM
Buffalo breaks in faster and is softer faster. . . and is stickier. Very nice for an amateur. The other wears like iron, but takes longer to break in. . .

BAC
May. 13, 2010, 10:53 AM
Mine is grain leather with calf seat and knees. I have never cared for the appearance of full calf, it just marks up too easily. And I don't like the looks of buffalo either. I love my saddle, it looks almost new after close to five years. It is not at all slippery, in fact I have had several comments from people who rode in it how grippy the leather felt.

At the time I ordered my CWD I did not realize that the buffalo seat was an option, maybe I would have ordered that only on the seat, although I always ride in breeches anyway.

I don't have any pictures, I should take some to post.

doublesstable
May. 13, 2010, 12:29 PM
I went with the buffalo seat/knees and the rest full grain. I ride in jeans sometimes and I wanted a saddle that wore like iron. The buffalo is grippy and breaks in nicely.

It was light when I first got it but after a few cleanings it turned to a rich dark color.

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t13/ntorchia/Kioko%20and%20CWD/DSC_0035.jpg?t=1273744653

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t13/ntorchia/Kioko%20and%20CWD/DSC_0037-1.jpg?

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t13/ntorchia/Kioko%20and%20CWD/DSC_0031-1.jpg?

Thats a beaut for sure!

No matter what leather in a CWD is good!!!

pippa553
May. 13, 2010, 02:08 PM
I went with the buffalo seat/knees and the rest full grain. I ride in jeans sometimes and I wanted a saddle that wore like iron. The buffalo is grippy and breaks in nicely.

It was light when I first got it but after a few cleanings it turned to a rich dark color.

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t13/ntorchia/Kioko%20and%20CWD/DSC_0035.jpg?t=1273744653

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t13/ntorchia/Kioko%20and%20CWD/DSC_0037-1.jpg?

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t13/ntorchia/Kioko%20and%20CWD/DSC_0031-1.jpg?


Thanks for the pictures.. I'd love to see new pictures if you happen to get any :). I've been cruising through the used sites just to see how the leather wears. As it is I'm leaning towards this combo but the demo's I rode in were all full calf. I'm wondering if there is going to be a substantial difference between the grain and calf as far as feel. Anyone get to demo both leathers?

BAC
May. 13, 2010, 02:18 PM
I'm wondering if there is going to be a substantial difference between the grain and calf as far as feel. Anyone get to demo both leathers?

I have ridden in both, and ended up with grain leather and calf seat/knees. The calf is very comfy and grippy but I don't care for the way full calf wears. I am not a big fan of calf in general though, and prefer grain.

Justice
May. 14, 2010, 12:21 AM
I had a flat seat full buffalo, and now have a deep seat full calf.

I prefer the calf. The calf has only been ridden in a handful of times, but it is grippy and I can tell it is going to be amazing. I let a friend sit in it and all she could say was "this is the most comfortable saddle I have ever sat in... it's so sticky!" The buffalo was super grippy too, but not as pretty. And the thing is, I paid a lot for the saddle, so it needs to sparkle. I ended up with the funky stitching and grain trim edging. It's midnight here, but I will post pictures another day. It took me a long time to find this saddle and it was worth every minute. I love it and am so glad I decided to go for the deeper seat.

Justice
May. 14, 2010, 10:09 PM
Here's the picture.

Lives2Jump
May. 15, 2010, 12:06 PM
I just got a full calf Antares. I test rode the buffalo and it was hard to me. It is all personal preference! Enjoy your new saddle

pippa553
May. 16, 2010, 02:40 PM
Justice - thank you for the picture. One of the saddles I test rode was in the same configuration, fancy stitching and grain leather edging. Very, very nice. :D

I'm still undecided at this point so if anyone has anything more to add I'd appreciate it!

Justice
May. 16, 2010, 03:55 PM
The only thing I have to add is that Amandine, who posts here under milloutte55, manages CWD USA and is wonderful. You should talk to her if you haven't already.

Nikki^
May. 16, 2010, 04:55 PM
Thanks for the pictures.. I'd love to see new pictures if you happen to get any :). I've been cruising through the used sites just to see how the leather wears. As it is I'm leaning towards this combo but the demo's I rode in were all full calf. I'm wondering if there is going to be a substantial difference between the grain and calf as far as feel. Anyone get to demo both leathers?

Here are some that I took today after cleaning and using the CWD saddle soap and the CWD "saddle grease" on it. The stuff is amazing and I also use it for my Vogel boots.

I got the saddle Nov 2008 do it's 1 1/2 years old. It's an SE01 model. I do ride in jeans but just recently changed to tall boots and breeches. I also ride in it 5 to 6 days a week. The saddle has held up perfectly and I still love it. :D

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t13/ntorchia/Kioko%20and%20CWD/61c7fce3.jpg?t=1274043059

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t13/ntorchia/Kioko%20and%20CWD/de9742c2.jpg?t=1274043272

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t13/ntorchia/Kioko%20and%20CWD/DSC_0032-2.jpg?t=1274042631

As you can see the seat and knees look like calf. The buffalo is super soft, super grippy and most important wears like iron.:D

MILOUTE55
May. 19, 2010, 07:16 PM
The only thing I have to add is that Amandine, who posts here under milloutte55, manages CWD USA and is wonderful. You should talk to her if you haven't already.

thanks so much :) but you gave me a big promotion here (which I wouldn't mind hehehe). I manage the CWD USA office, not the whole company.
I try to do my best; it's nice to get positive feedback: Thanks!

Amandine