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What Leathers for New Saddle?

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  • What Leathers for New Saddle?

    I just got a new (used) saddle with beautiful soft leather.

    My current leathers marked up my old saddle pretty badly and I don't want that to happen to my new one.

    Here are my wants/needs:
    Half hole (this is a must)
    Lined
    $100 or less

    And of course I want them to be as non-marking as possible.

    Do these exist?

    TIA!

  • #2
    Look into Bates and Bevel. I just got a new pair (Bevel) in the mail the other day so I cannot really comment on how they wear but the leather is beautiful and so soft. Better quality then the Bates IMHO but thats just me.

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    • #3
      I currently have CWD leathers which I love, but I'm pretty sure they were over $100. I remember that I had a pair of M. Toulouse lined calfskin leathers on my first saddle, which cost under $100. They looked lovely, but were on the thicker side.

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      • #4
        Prestige leathers are my all-time favorite. Very soft and supple, no bulk and lay flat. I've had several people ask what brand mine are because they like them so much. I have them on a few soft French-leather saddles, and they dont scratch at all. They sell for about $135-$145, but Legacy Tack carries them and everything is currently 30% off for their going-out-of-business sale.

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        • #5
          I have very soft Anatares ones. They're over $100 but i've used them on my Butet for a couple years without any marks.

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          • #6
            2 words: Gary Mundy.

            I just got a new saddle and ordered leathers from him. Although he can't guarantee they will match perfect, mine are as close as you can get. And they come however you want them punched, lined or not, stitched sides or not, with your initials punched at the end! Highly recommend!
            Who say's your best friend has to be human?

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            • #7
              If I needed new leathers I'd want to try Gary Mundy. Only thing is that he doesn't do nylon-lined leathers and mine tend to stretch a fair bit even with the nylon lining.

              I had the Beval leathers for a long time and wasn't crazy about them. Not bad, but I realized I like leathers that are slightly wider - I think they're a smidge more stable and twist a bit less. I think the Beval ones are maybe 3/4" wide and the ones I have now 1" wide? I have the fancy M. Toulouse ones that have the cool end to them...I'll see if I can find a link. They were over $100, but not by too much and that was at an expensive local tack store, so you might find them online for less.

              http://intecperformancegear.com/M.-T...pid-30133.html

              I really like them, and I can be kind of a tack snob. The M. Toulouse ones are nowhere near as thick as the Bates leathers or the HDR leathers. Not a fan of either of those. I can't comment on if they mark the saddle, since my saddle is fairly dark and I oiled the leathers a few times to darken them to match.

              You can kind of see the ends of them in that picture. You don't notice the ends, but if they're ever off your saddle, no one can say they aren't yours!

              ETA Here is somewhere that sells them: http://www.avtack.com/matonewplfas.html

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              • #8
                CWD

                Originally posted by indygirl2560 View Post
                I currently have CWD leathers which I love, but I'm pretty sure they were over $100. I remember that I had a pair of M. Toulouse lined calfskin leathers on my first saddle, which cost under $100. They looked lovely, but were on the thicker side.
                CWD meets all your requirements and more, but not your price, they are now $170 but well worth it IMO. The leather is buttery soft, yet not so thick that you can't adjust them easily from the saddle, nylon lined with half holes and the small flat buckle so that you don't even feel it under your thigh. I will never buy any other leathers after having these.

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                • #9
                  Love my Gary Mundy leathers!!
                  Flip a coin. It's not what side lands that matters, but what side you were hoping for when the coin was still in the air.

                  You call it boxed wine. I call it carboardeaux.

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                  • #10
                    I love my Bates, but know that some people also adore Gary Mundy.

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                    • #11
                      Interesting

                      Originally posted by fine*and*dandy View Post
                      Prestige leathers are my all-time favorite. Very soft and supple, no bulk and lay flat. I've had several people ask what brand mine are because they like them so much. I have them on a few soft French-leather saddles, and they dont scratch at all. They sell for about $135-$145, but Legacy Tack carries them and everything is currently 30% off for their going-out-of-business sale.
                      This is interesting to me - I got Prestige leathers to use on my Antares saddle, and they've already worn completely through the leather. And this is only on one horse about four times a week. Maybe 1.5 years old?

                      This struck me as really odd, because my last set of leathers that came with my last saddle lasted FOREVER! Like eight years and still good. They were calfskin too, the only difference I can think of is maybe they weren't lined, because I know they did tend to stretch a bit. Wonder if that has something to do with it.

                      I'll be interested to see what the consensus is here, since I apparently need to buy new ones as well. I seem to recall some people felt the Mundy leathers that were lined felt a bit too bulky. And I honestly can't be bothered with dealing with unlined ones - I want to KNOW where my stirrups should be, not try and guess.....maybe I'm just picky that way.

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                      • #12
                        BATES all the way!

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                        • #13
                          I have two pairs of prestige leathers and I love them. They have lasted for years on my saddles that are used about 15 rides a week at the least. They are super soft, don't stretch, and just look pretty darn good after all the wear. The part right where my legs are turned darker then the rest of the leathers though. Doesn't show when I'm in the saddle.
                          I am on my phone 90% of the time. Please ignore typos, misplaced lower case letters, and the random word butchered by autocowreck.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by koppem10 View Post
                            Look into Bates and Bevel. I just got a new pair (Bevel) in the mail the other day so I cannot really comment on how they wear but the leather is beautiful and so soft. Better quality then the Bates IMHO but thats just me.
                            Bump Bates. I purchased some for my saddle. They are pre stretched, lined and very durable.
                            http://dotstreamming.blogspot.com/

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by KingoftheRoad View Post
                              This is interesting to me - I got Prestige leathers to use on my Antares saddle, and they've already worn completely through the leather. And this is only on one horse about four times a week. Maybe 1.5 years old?

                              This struck me as really odd, because my last set of leathers that came with my last saddle lasted FOREVER! Like eight years and still good. They were calfskin too, the only difference I can think of is maybe they weren't lined, because I know they did tend to stretch a bit. Wonder if that has something to do with it.
                              Both of my pairs of Prestige leathers have done the same thing. Now, I use them more (riding multiple horses each week and foxhunting for 3-5 hours), but my old regular leathers used to last for 10 years+ no problem. I am sure it is because they are the soft leather, but frustrating for sure. I am also forced to buy a new pair shortly, as having the nylon showing where the leather is gone is icky.
                              Cherry Blossom Farm - Show & Field Hunters, Side Saddles

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                              • #16
                                Gary Mundy all the way.

                                I think he does nylon lined, am I wrong?

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by spacytracy View Post
                                  Gary Mundy all the way.

                                  I think he does nylon lined, am I wrong?
                                  I think he has only recently started with the nylon lined and the comments on them haven't been as favorable as for his regular leathers. People have remarked that they are too thick I think, which is the kiss of death for lined leathers.

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                                  • #18
                                    I bought some Gary Mundy leathers at the recommendation of COTH and love them! They were a bit thick but I've gotten used to them by now. The darkened slightly and match my saddle color perfectly now. Super super awesome quality especially for the price!

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                                    • #19
                                      Another vote for Gary Mundy! I think mine were something like a whopping $58, custom length, not lined, half holes, with a stamp and my initials. The color is a teeny bit too red for my Antares, but it was my own fault for ordering the wrong color and they are too nice not to use. They have darkened up nicely, so they are fine now. They have stretched some, but not ridiculously, I just have to swap sides every month or so so they stay even.
                                      friend of bar.ka

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                                      • #20
                                        Gary Mundy. I bought mine for my Antares but kept them when I sold it

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