Yes, I had a normal transaction. Got the non-quilted half pad that seems exactly like the ones everyone else has, and a semi-custom green and gray shaped pad that also appears to be the real thing. The box was horribly mangled in shipping, but the pads were fine. I guess I would say the sheepskin on the green/gray pad was not as nice as the stuff I've seen on other pads, but it appears to be real, so perhaps the dyeing process made it seem not as luxuriant or perhaps there is indeed a lesser-quality sheepskin/fleece/wool they use on these.
Is the link still working for everyone? Can't make it go.
I ordered from them two years ago. The pads are Mattes' second tier, not "platinum," which is the super fluffy sheepskin.
Pad still works very well and has held up well. Had trouble getting the package due to lack of communication ( I was told it was being delivered by a delivery company but it was sitting at the post office about to be sent back...).
I actually don't like super-plush, thick sheepskin--interferes with saddle fit, IMO. It *feels* nice, but the thickness is too much. I have a gorgeous Fleeceworks I won that is just about un-usable because it's too plush. So I'd say the thickness of this less-exalted sheepskin is just right. Mine have held up fine, FWIW.
I agree that ther fleece is different. It is definatly a thinner/lighter fleece. There is a huge difference in the weight and the density between the pad that I bought from US supplier and the European supplier. Though you get some pretty cool different colors, I will probably stick to the US quality level that I was expecting. Look cool though, and the wait was 8-9 weeks for the European pads!
Okay, thanks for more feedback. As long as it is real sheepskin, I'm not going to be too disappointed if it isn't super duper thick/dense/fluffy. My saddle fits just right and actually a "thinner" sheepskin might be better.
I find it odd that they do this though. There is no option to buy the "Platinum" version, versus whatever this one is.
But if the transaction goes well, I think its worth the crazy-good-price
I have lots of Engel numnahs at home that I school in. This was a splurge custom XC colors show pad