Manufacturer: M. Toulouse (View all products by Marcel Toulouse)
Model: Annice Platinum Buffalo Leather (View all Annice Platinum Buffalo Leather reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I ordered this saddle online (can't remember the website) because they were having a huge sale on leftover saddles. I had had a Toulouse previously and did some research so I went for the 'platinum' annice since it was a great deal for about $650 and was made with buffalo leather which is supposed to last longer than traditional double leather saddles.
Likes: I love this saddle! Very soft leather and I have had it for about 2 years (riding 4-5 days a week) and the flaps still have no wear from the stirrup leathers. This is fabulous and I thank the unique buffalo leather. I love that this saddle has the look and feel of an expensive Antares. The shape of the saddle is very flattering and color is a perfect dark brown that matches lots of tack. The seat is medium deep and very comfy, and I love the double knee blocks under the flaps.
Dislikes: Only thing I dislike about this saddle is that the billets are of a much lighter leather (I'm assuming cowhide and not buffalo). Not a big deal but I'm not sure how to darken these properly!
Quality: Construction and quality are great. The leather is very nice, and does not fade or rub off. Also, this type of leather doesn't make the saddle stiff either so that is great! After many glycerin soap-soaks the saddle has not changed in color or faded.
Summary: Great saddle for anyone who wishes for a decent priced, but extremely professional looking saddle. I would definitely buy this saddle again before trying others.
Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
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