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    Default Soaking stirrup leathers...mink oil or hydraphane?

    So, as the title says, which one? Or if neither of those, what do you use?

    I recently soaked a pair of Gary Mundy leathers in hydraphane a few weeks ago and it not only dyed them the PERFECT color (they were a bit light, my mistake not his) and made them buttery soft. But I'm curious what others use.



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    I don't SOAK anything in oil. Neatsfoot oil seems to do the trick for any leather I have that needs softening.

    I won't buy leathers that aren't already fairly soft and supple, though. I can't stand thick, nasty, stiff ones.
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    I was taught that the two things you should never oil on your saddle are the stirrup leathers and the billet straps (weakens the leather). Instead I keep mine clean with high quality glycerine soap and forego worrying about what color they are.
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    I never soak stirrup leathers in oil, they stretch too much then, just a light coating of ledarbalsam, and they are fine. I have always bought fairly expensive ones and they have lasted and are soft from the get go.
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    As others have said, I don't soak my leathers. I will paint them with Hydrophane or put a coat of lederbalsam on them occasionally, but nothing much else.

    Heh....odd duck out...I like the heavy duty ones that are a little stiff!


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    Ditto what everyone else has said - never oil leathers or billets. I do clean both whenever I do a deep-clean of the saddle, but I've seen how much leathers stretch even when they're not oiled!
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    It only takes riding XC in new oil soaked stirrup leathers once before you don't soak leathers ever again. Nothing like trying to jump the last three fences with you stirrups 4-3" longer than when you left the start box.


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    The leathers I soaked are ones with the nylon core, so I wasn't worried about them stretching. They were also so stiff I had a hard time adjusting them, and they were scratching my saddle even after a few coats of effax.



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    That's what I use. Still don't soak them. They WILL stretch, just not as significantly or as quickly as the ones without the core.


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    Thanks for the heads-up YB.



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