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  1. #1
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    Default Anyone have Wolfgang Solo saddle in smooth leather?

    Is it slippery? My other saddles are buffalo. Will this be culture shock riding smooth leather? :-)



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    Not sure about the Custom Saddlery smooth vs buffalo. I have owned the Albion SLK in the smooth and ultium (buffalo) hide leather. They are both great to ride in and the smooth leather is not slippery. It does show marks faster. The buffalo hide leather shows rub marks from the riders leg/stirrup leathers much less then the smooth leather. I prefer the buffalo hide because of this. Looks much newer after the same amount of ride time.
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  3. #3
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    I have both and don't really feel much of a difference. The smooth leather on the cowhide version is a bit more sticky than regular cowhide saddles and deosn't wear so smooth and shiney creating the slick feel you are afraid of. I think they call it Tacktile cowhide or something like that but it is not slick like you think it will be. I will be a little more sticky than the seat on your buffalo hide saddle.



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    I have to disagree. I've ridden in the smooth leather Wolfgang Solo and find it to be the most slippery saddle I've ever sat in. ( And I am used to smooth leather!)

    In all fairness, this saddle doesn't belong to me, so I don't know if the leather could be made more sticky with a differend cleaner/ conditioner...?



  5. #5
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    I know two people at my barns with Custom Saddlery saddles - they both love them. The Wolfgang Solo is in the buffalo and I rode in it and fell in love with it. Almost went out and bought myself one! I'd say that one's worth upgrading to buffalo because it is SO nice just like that! The other is the Steffen Peters Advantage in the smooth and she adores it, and she likes a secure saddle, so I can't imagine it's slippery. Wish I had personal experience riding in it so I could tell you for sure.



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    I have it. It is NOT slippery and in fact I don't like to wear full-seats when I ride because then it feels too sticky to me. I clean and condition the saddle with Effex Ledercombi and Lederbalsam, which is what the Custom Saddlery fitter recommended. I wipe the saddle off with a damp cloth each time I ride, and condition every 3-4 weeks.

    Best,



  7. #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strength View Post
    I have it. It is NOT slippery and in fact I don't like to wear full-seats when I ride because then it feels too sticky to me. I clean and condition the saddle with Effex Ledercombi and Lederbalsam, which is what the Custom Saddlery fitter recommended. I wipe the saddle off with a damp cloth each time I ride, and condition every 3-4 weeks.

    Best,

    Same here, except I do wear the full seats as I am riding a 3 year old with <90 days of training. I love my saddle and you can have only after prying it from my cold dead fingers.



  8. #8
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    I have the Advantage in smooth leather and it is pretty grippy. My custom rep said that the buffalo leather was like having A/C in your car in the summer- a necessity. I disagree, i've ridden in both the buffalo and the smooth leather and didn't feel 1000 dollars worth of difference to splurge for the buffalo. I guess if you used a bunch of saddle soap( glycerin) on it you could MAKE it slippery.



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