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  • Calfskin Leathers

    Im looking for some calfskin leathers for my newly purchased prestige eventer - the catch? I was really looking for some under $100. And NOT Toulouse. Ive had the Toulouse ones before and they're horrible :|

    I realize there aren't many options out there for this kind of budget; but I'd like to try.

    I've heard Bobby's English tack (???) has some nice ones - but I've never had anything of theirs so idk. Reviews?

    Thanks :]

  • #2
    Passier are very good.


    • #3
      Have you looked at Bates? I've also tried the Toulouse ones, and you are right - they ARE horrible (soggy, limp, stretchy, yuck). I have the Bates for my jumping saddle and they are lovely. NOt quite as soft as some of the more expensive brands, but I think they hold up quite well.

      If you are looking to splurge, Stubben makes a loffly pair with finished ends. I have a pair for my dressage saddle and they are quite nice.
      "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." - Thomas Edison

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      • #4
        I hate to say it, but my advice on calfskin leathers under $100 amounts to GFL (hint: that stands for Good something Luck.)

        I've tried the Bobby's, the Thornhill "Softy" leathers, etc. The Bobby's frayed through at a stress point after about three weeks. The very outer layer of the Thornhills has peeled badly and now looks ridiculous, but they don't seem to be scratching my calfskin saddle so I'm still using them. Structurally they seem solid, so I'll use them until they die.

        The Passier, Nunn Finer, and Smartpak nylon-core leathers are not covered in calfskin so those are out.

        Next time I'm going back to higher-end leathers; they cost more up front but they last a lot longer. I got 5 years out of my last pair of Prestige non-stretch leathers, but they didn't match my saddle which is how I started branching out at re-purchase time. Best price I've found on those is at the VTO Saddlery semi-annual sales (about $111 shipped). Get on the VTO mailing list if you want an alert for their next sale; the semiannual sale won't come back until July-ish, but they often have 15% off sales for mailing list customers.

        I've heard mixed reports on the Bates leathers. Some folks love them. Others have reported that they stretch a lot. If you want to try them, Adams Horse Supply has a good base price on them ($89.95) offers a 10% off coupon code (newwebsite) + free shipping over $75. That would put you at $80.95 shipped:

        Or if you can survive until February 10th, the annual Beval 20% off sale will start and you can score the Beval Italian Calfskin Stirrup Leathers for about $114. I have heard rumors (but no confirmation) that these are made by the same contractors who make several of the high-end saddle brands' stirrup leathers (think Antares,
        Head Geek at The Saddle Geek Blog http://www.thesaddlegeek.com/


        • #5
          wait for VTO's sales...

          ...and get some Prestige. I bought some for my new GORGEOUS Black Country Vinici Jump saddle (well, new in December - it's now been XC schooling and ridden in the rain a bunch so it's a proper event saddle ). Beautiful leathers - I bought some after looking at a friend's 4 year old leathers that looked better than the year old Devoucoux calfskin leathers that sold with my year old custom Chiberta. The latter were WAAAAYYYY too thick, adjustments were a PITA, and they were already looking about to fray...JMHO
          ~ it no longer matters what level I do, as long as I am doing it..~ with many thanks, to Elizabeth Callahan


          • #6
            I have the Beval leathers (flat buckle leathers). I don't know if they are actually calfskin but they certainly aren't the thick and heavy type leather. Beval's website lists them at $99.00 but if you purchase the cognac (medium brown) colored ones in the standard 54" they are $78.45. With shipping at $13.95 the total is less than $100.

            Interestingly, other colors and even other sizes are not discounted.

            I really like them and with a light coating of oil they are a nice match on my buffalo Devoucoux. In other words, they darkened up very nicely.

            Last edited by paint hunter; Jan. 28, 2012, 07:47 PM.


            • #7
              I got a pair of used prestige leathers for $40 (total score). They are fantastic.

              No clue who makes these or if they are any good: http://www.barefootsaddlesusa.com/Ba..._p/sl-soft.htm

              KL select does a "calf-lined" http://www.tackroominc.com/bikl-sele...rs-p-9441.html

              Doubt they are under $100, but bet they are nice http://www.blackcountrysaddles.com/b...irrup_leathers

              Shipping will put them over, but these are right there price-wise http://www.justsaddles.co.uk/cgi-bin...howprod_130001

              Bevals are $120. Beval does have sales http://www.beval.com/Products/Italia...s/2505900.aspx

              Barnsby are $110 http://www.ehorseequipment.com/produ...&page=&cid=149

              DaVinci for $80, http://www.amazon.com/DaVinci-Wrappe.../dp/B004UBBQDU
              OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


              • Original Poster

                Thanks guys!!!
                I took the plunge and bought some Prestige ones. Gulp. I hope they last a while! :]


                • #9
                  Originally posted by SSEventing View Post
                  Thanks guys!!!
                  I took the plunge and bought some Prestige ones. Gulp. I hope they last a while! :]
                  I've had a pair for over 8 years. Love them....especially the flat buckle that reduces the bulk under your leg.
                  ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **


                  • #10
                    Are people buying calf leathers in order to protect their calf saddles? Not sure I get that - leather on leather should be OK, and if the calf covered saddle is that delicate perhaps it won't last that long anyway? (What about your boots and half chaps - are they calf too?)

                    Hm: just saw this thread
                    Last edited by Xanthoria; Jan. 31, 2012, 08:20 PM. Reason: add link
                    PSSM / EPSM and Shivers Forum


                    • #11
                      I got an amazing deal on some Amerigo calfskin leathers on eBay last year. They are heavenly!


                      • #12

                        there is a Ebay seller , SAVEONTACK, I believe ...that sells the DaVincis for under $50, have always had good luck with them


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by RunForIt View Post
                          ...and get some Prestige. I bought some for my new GORGEOUS Black Country Vinici Jump saddle (well, new in December - it's now been XC schooling and ridden in the rain a bunch so it's a proper event saddle ). Beautiful leathers - I bought some after looking at a friend's 4 year old leathers that looked better than the year old Devoucoux calfskin leathers that sold with my year old custom Chiberta. The latter were WAAAAYYYY too thick, adjustments were a PITA, and they were already looking about to fray...JMHO
                          All my leathers are Prestige! I love them to death, and they last forever!!
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