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Manufacturer: Courbette (View all products by Courbette)

Model: Alpina (View all Alpina reviews)

Category: Close Contact Saddles

Purchase: I ordered this saddle through an online tack shop. The cost was just around $800, which is the main reason for the purchase.

Likes: I really like the way this saddle looks. It is a beautiful leather. I bought the Newmarket color and think it looks great. The seat fits me well. And although it isn't not cushy it is comfortable once broken in.

Dislikes: Although the saddle fits me well when my feet are out of the stirrups, when in it fits my leg wrong and puts me in a funny position. I have had this saddle now for over a year and after all this time have just concluded that there is something about the way the stirrup bars are placed that does this. I can not say that it would be the same for everyone, but if you do try the saddle, I would be extra aware of how your leg comes down in the stirrups.

Quality: This saddle is very well made, especially for the price point.

Summary: Bottom line is that I feel the need to get a different saddle because of the placement of my legs in this saddle. I have recently ridden in other people's saddles and felt much more stable. However, I feel that this is a personal fit and would still recommend this saddle for someone else, simply with the caveat to check the placement of your leg when you try it out.

Rating: 4

Author: Katrina

Date: 2006-10-21

Usefulness Rating: 3.33333 out of 5.
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