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Which leathers under $100 are best?

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  • Which leathers under $100 are best?

    I'm looking @:

    *Ovation Triple Covered Leathers ($75 @Dover, the place that carries these partiular ones)

    *M. Toulouse Leathers (the $86 ones in the Smart Pak catalog)

    *HDR Pro Lined Leathers ($72 in SLT catalog)

    Which would be the best? I'm leaning towards the Ovations (as they look the nicest for best price). Also, if I went with the Toulouse, which color would be closer to what other brands consider Oakbark-- the Cognac or the Chocolate? I just snagged a Dover Circuit Elite XC for a steal on eBay yesterday, and am looking for a nice pair of matching lined soft leathers to go with it.

  • #2
    I've had good luck with the Dover Circuit leathers. The HDRs I've had wore out quicker.


    • #3
      I love my Courbette leathers, they are wonderful. I have also heard great things about Dover leathers too.


      • #4
        Do a search for "Gary Mundy." He makes custom leathers for ~$50 and they are NICE, NICE, NICE! He has a huge fan club here on COTH and I can speak firsthand for his quality and value.
        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.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by jen-s View Post
          Do a search for "Gary Mundy." He makes custom leathers for ~$50 and they are NICE, NICE, NICE! He has a huge fan club here on COTH and I can speak firsthand for his quality and value.
          Unfortunately he's laid up with an injury.
          Head Geek at The Saddle Geek Blog http://www.thesaddlegeek.com/


          • #6
            Prestige leathers are just over $100 and are the best out of any IMO.


            • #7
              DD had (key word - HAD) HDR leathers. They were almost impossible to deal with, bulky, and didn't hold up at all. My leathers are the Collegiate half-hole, and I love them. DD now has Courbette leathers, which seem very nice as well. I would buy either again.
              A proud friend of bar.ka.


              • #8
                Another vote for the Prestige leathers, they are great!


                • #9
                  I also vote for Prestige. I have heard people complain about them stretching, but i've had them for 4 months now, and I haven't noticed stretching.


                  • #10
                    Assuming you're looking at lined leathers, I've had both Prestige and Bevals, and bought them both on sale for under $100. Having used the Bevals for almost a year now, I think I liked my old Prestiges just a bit better, but not enough to replace the perfectly good Bevals.

                    I had unlined Courbettes for a while, and they held up well, though they stretched a lot. Hence the move to lined leathers. I'll never have unlined leathers again.
                    A Year In the Saddle


                    • #11
                      I've had the same pair of Beval Italian Leathers FOREVER now (seriously, 5+ years) and they've held up great. They're $120, so a bit more than you were wanting to spend, but they are worth it.


                      • #12
                        I have the Toulouse Calfskin leathers and I love them. They are on the thick side but they match my saddle perfectly and look nice after each cleaning, so I have no complaints.


                        • #13
                          I'd say no to both the HDR leathers and the M. Toulouse. I had HDR leathers for a DAY, and all the dye rubbed off of them! I do have the M. Toulouse ones, and they're not bad, but they are a PIA to get back on the saddle. I also feel that they wear out quickly.


                          • #14
                            Yet another vote for Prestige leathers! I wont use anything else on my saddles- I have one pair that's a couple years old and it doesn't appear to have stretched much at all- but it does have a large split in the leather- they're still usable I just had to get new for the clinics I do. I think the last ones I bought were $120 (but they were 60" for my dressage saddle, so shorter lengths are a little cheaper).
                            Originally posted by RugBug
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                            • #15
                              Prestige ones are great I have a pair of those. I had a pair of the HDR ones for an old saddle and they were pretty good also. Definitely not childeric or antares quality but they are still alright .


                              • #16
                                I recently bought the Nunn Finer leathers here for $60: http://www.legacytack.com/pc/10159/S...+Leathers.html

                                I've only had them for about a month, but they have not stretched. The leather looked a little stiff when I first got them and the color was much lighter than I expected - I ordered the medium brown and it looked more like the newmarket color. But they oiled up beautifully. After two coats of oil, they darkened to the color on the page and th leather softened quite a bit. They have white stitching on them which also looks very nice - in fact, many people have complemented me on them.
                                My blog: Journeys in Riding


                                • Original Poster

                                  Any comments on the Ovations I mentioned? The Prestige ARE nice (I have the Ideal "webbers" on my dressage saddle), but I spent too much on all my horsey stuff in the past months and really can't go over $75 at the MOST.
                                  I'm DYING for a pair of the lined fancy-end Stubbens (like BUTTER!), but @ $130+ they're out of the question. Completely. (It's not my money )

                                  One addtional note: NO UNlined leathers! I don't like the break-in process and I like the non-stretching factor that the nylon lining offers. (Although the Ovations say they're Biothane-lined? What is that? I'm going to see...)


                                  • Original Poster

                                    Okay, I looked up Biothane. It's "polyester webbing with a PVC coating", usually made to look & feel like leather, and very strong, soft and flexible. Now you know!


                                    • #19
                                      Passier leathers

                                      I purchased Passier leathers. These are high quality, lined leathers. They cost $90 at LA Saddlery and are so soft, and supple. They are a month old now and after riding nearly everyday with them they show no wear at all.

                                      There is a fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness". - Dave Barry


                                      • #20
                                        Smart Pack has lined leathers for $39.99!
                                        They have 0.75" hole spacings.

                                        I want the fancy Stubbens too to match my saddle, but you can't beat this price. I haven't ordered them yet, but maybe something to look into
                                        Last edited by tartan; Dec. 6, 2009, 02:14 PM. Reason: Wrong price!