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Noisy Professional Choice SMX Pad

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  • Noisy Professional Choice SMX Pad

    My recent horse came with a bunch of western saddle pads, one of them is a Professional Choice SMx Air Ride. It looks like a nice pad but makes a crackling sound. Is this normal for these pads or is there something wrong with it and it shouldn't be used?
    Last edited by Garythesquirrel; Aug. 13, 2019, 05:40 PM.

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    The "Air Ride" space age material is glorified bubble wrap. Perhaps it has been stored in a hot place and the "air pockets" are popping open. (Seriously).

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    • #3
      Wow. I'd ditch that pad. Sounds like a recipe for disaster!

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        Originally posted by Brown Derby View Post
        The "Air Ride" space age material is glorified bubble wrap. Perhaps it has been stored in a hot place and the "air pockets" are popping open. (Seriously).
        That's crazy, they're so expensive! Glad I didn't pay for it.

        I might just have to open it up and take a look.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Brown Derby View Post
          The "Air Ride" space age material is glorified bubble wrap. Perhaps it has been stored in a hot place and the "air pockets" are popping open. (Seriously).
          I opened up the saddle pad. It's actual bubble wrap wrapped around a thin piece of foam rubber!! The bubble wrap was completely intact with no tears or popped air pockets.

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          • #6
            They do make noise. I noticed the older they get the less noise.

            ​​​​​​They aren't my first choice in saddle pads but if I find them used in decent shape I use them for work pads.
            My husband has one he has been using for several years and has roped a lot of big stuff with no issues.
            But had a friend who had popped one.

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