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.
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.
If the Number 2 pencil is so popular, why is it still number 2?
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.
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.
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.