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  • Antares Mono-Flap question

    I am in the market and actively looking for a new saddle. I came across an antares monoflap xcountry saddle that I really like however it has an 18.5" seat. I am 5'7 with really long thighs...would anyone have any suggestions to a good fit? I am looking for a quality saddle (with a wide tree) on a budget which is quite a task haha...I have had my custom Ashland saddle for 8 years and I have sadly outgrown it...it has a 16.5" and I would need to get rid of it before I purchase anything else. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
    Last edited by JFS; Jun. 24, 2011, 03:33 PM. Reason: updated

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    Well, I am about the same as you on dimensions. 5'7" with a fairly long femur and I fit more comfortably in an 18" monoflap for XC.

    In my old Bates CC, I was a 17.5" seat. I purchased an older model monoflap for XC in a 17.5" and, while it makes due for now, it is just slightly too small in the seat - there isn't enough room for me to really sit and get in the back seat while on course.

    While at Rolex I tried the Stubben Excalibur S monoflap (the used Excalibur dressage I have fits my horse perfectly). I told the saleswoman I wanted to sit in a 17.5" and she instantly said I should probably be in at least an 18" - she let me try the 17.5" first, anyway, and it felt awkward when I sat in it. Then, she replaced it with the 18" and bingo! awesome fit!

    I don't know if an 18.5" would be too roomy, but I'd say if you can find an 18" it would probably be a safe bet. And 0.5" bigger would probably be better than 0.5" smaller..

    Sorry for the ramble, but I hope that helps!
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    • #3
      Yup, with long legs (femurs especially) it doesn't hurt to go up in seat size. And I personally believe it's easier to deal with too big a seat than too small of one.
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      • #4
        I'm 5'7" and long hip to knee and I have an 18.5" Devoucoux chiberta.
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          #5
          For those of you who know me, you know that I'm not 5'7" with a long femur

          This is actually for my adopted daughter. Thanks for the info. I'll pass it along.

          Jackie

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          • #6
            I'm 5'11" and average framed, but LONG legged. I have an Antares monoflap, half-deep seat. The 18.5" fits me pretty well, and in fact, I think as far as seat size goes, I could go in an 18" but I needed the extra, extra forward flap (2AA) and the seat size to make it all work.

            I don't mind the bit of extra room, honestly, but that's me.

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              #7
              So how do you like the Antares?

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              • #8
                Love, love, love it, and the next person to own it will be prying it from my cold, dead little fingers.

                It rides much, much like the devoucoux chiberta - not shocking since Antares was founded by former devoucoux people.

                I went through 3 saddles in a year before I ended up with this one (crosby centennial, prestige jumper R and this). For myself and my horse, the balance is wonderful, and it is supremely comfortable. We're a hard pair to fit together, since I am very tall and my mare is compact and not tall. And despite being an 18.5" seat, it fits my short backed horse well.

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                  #9
                  Do you know if they are wool flocked or foam? I think she is only interested in wool flocked saddles. I haven't found alot of information on them as far as flocking goes...

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                  • #10
                    I'm pretty sure they are foam flocked not wool.
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                    • #11
                      They come foam flocked but can be retrofitted at some cost to wool. Alternately, new panels can be made and installed by Antares to fit a new horse, but iirc, it's fairly pricey, too.

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