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Gary Mundy Leathers Questions

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  • Gary Mundy Leathers Questions

    To those of you who have or have seen Gary Mundy Leathers... I am about to order some, but I would like some opinions. Has anybody bought the Nylon/double leather/stitched leathers? Are they terribly thick? Would you recommend just the regular leathers or the nylon leathers?

    Are the initials tacky for showing? I was thinking of just going with a discrete flower... I don't know if the inititals are "over the top"?

    Thanks! I'm excited to support him and to have something specially made, even if it is just the leathers!

  • #2
    WE have been riding in our double leather double stitched Gary leathers for just over a year, I have three daughters and each one got a pair last spring. They have not stretched AT ALL, they adjust easily and the stamp on the end of the leather is barely noticeable as they ride around ( like not at all) we have flowers on two sets and initials on my older daughters set. We love them!! My 7 yr old is outgrowing her set and I am about to order another pair just a few inches longer. You cannot beat the quality or the price, we love them!


    • #3
      I have the lined ones, they seem enormous. They are beautiful though.
      They're small hearts.


      • #4
        I have the lined ones, they seem enormous. They are beautiful though.
        You need to use them, Missy!
        "If you would have only one day to live, you should spend at least half of it in the saddle."


        • #5
          True! I need time for a major tack cleaning evening.
          They're small hearts.


          • #6
            Calfskin saddles?

            I too have been coveting a pair of Gary's stirrup leathers!
            Can anyone comment on how the wear on a calfskin saddle? I have a new saddle and my old leathers ("regular" leathers) seem to be causing abrasion on the flap. I have been debating between ordering a pair from Gary or biting the bullet and buying a pair of calfskin wrapped leathers, since I have hard the softer calfskin is supposed to protect the saddle better?
            Me: In a long-winded explanation of who GM is and why he is Important to the Sport
            Mr EmJ: So what you're saying is GM is so Important he could get Chik-Fil-A on Sunday?


            • #7
              Trixie, do you mean they are too thick? I had just recommended Gary Mundy to a friend but didn't realize he now does lined leathers as well.


              • #8
                Mine are single-ply, since that's always been my stirrup leather preference.

                I love the initials. They're not loud enough that you can see them from afar, but they're a nice detail up close.


                • #9
                  My daughter has his type #1, single leathers and they are great. She has her initials on them and you can't see it unless its very up close. The only issue is have had with them is darkening them. Gary recommended a color that has turned out to be too light and they are not darkening enough. Still working on that! Love them though and will definitely get our next pair from him.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Mayaty02 View Post
                    My daughter has his type #1, single leathers and they are great.
                    How did you select type #1, as I am under the impression he does not have a website? And did you get to see color samples of the leather?


                    • #11
                      He does have a website.


                      • #12
                        yeah he has a website, but you just contact him and he'll send you the price list which is where you see the different types of items available.

                        He didn't show me the colors, he saw a pic of my saddle and recommended the lighter color.


                        • #13
                          Thanks so much, I had always heard he didn't have a website. I will tell my friend to just contact him and let them discuss it.


                          • #14
                            I just ordered a pair for my crosby and I LOVE THEM. They're beautiful and the leather arrives supple and gorgeous, I could hardly feel them under my leg the first time I rode in them. I only got the stitched ones (no nylon center) but they seem strong and durable. I ordered them with my initials and a fleur-de-lis (sp?) stamp and it's quite subtle, not tacky at all
                            "rythm, power, feeling, harmony, and heavy competition"


                            • #15
                              Mayatay, what are you doing to darken them? Mine came a bit too "red". Any hints?
                              I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry


                              • #16
                                well i have no hints since nothing has worked...I have tried olive oil, neatsfoot oil, hydrophane, and just good old fashion use and conditioning (Fiebings, horseman's one step etc). They have not darkened significantly.

                                This is what they look like now. Ignore my daughters "sleeping with her eyes open" expression.

                                You can see that they are still quite light, even after 6 months of use.


                                • #17
                                  Mayaty, I think you should contact him and explain the situation. Since you ordered that color at his suggestion, and they have not darkened as expected, I think he should offer to redo them for you. He sounds committed to good customer service, so I doubt that would be a problem for him.


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by BAC View Post
                                    Mayaty, I think you should contact him and explain the situation. Since you ordered that color at his suggestion, and they have not darkened as expected, I think he should offer to redo them for you. He sounds committed to good customer service, so I doubt that would be a problem for him.
                                    I did contact him when they came as I was very taken aback at how light they were and he said they would oil up just fine. I guess I've been waiting for them to darken but you're right they haven't. I may have to contact him but I feel like its too late at this point.

                                    In all fairness, that picture shows the underside which is a little lighter than the outside.

                                    This pic is from a two months ago, the light isn't as good, but you can see the excess leather is a little darker than the shot I posted earlier.


                                    • #19
                                      actually my profile picture is the best pic I have of them from the outside...they don't stand out at this point, but they are definitely not as dark as I'd like them to be.


                                      • #20
                                        I got a pair of the single-ply variety a couple of years ago and the color was not exactly what I wanted. When I called him about it he he credited me the full amount. It was right before Christmas and he didn't have time to make a replacement pair, so he just let me keep the original ones for free.

                                        They have stretched quite a bit and I recently had about 10" cut off (they were a bit long to begin with). When I get new leathers I'll definitely go with the lined type so it's nice to hear that he's making them now.

                                        The initials add a nice touch and as others have said are not visible unless you are close.