Manufacturer: True Brit (View all products by True Brit)
Model: Close Contact (View all Close Contact reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I bought this saddle off a friend for $200 in pretty good condition. I think new it goes for around $600. The only thing wrong with it was a tear in the leather at the bottom of the seat.
Likes: The seat is very comfortable even for long rides and the leather seems to hold up well. I don't oil it at all because it is just a practice saddle so I don't ruin my others and the leather stays nice and supple.
Dislikes: What really concerned me about it was the tear in the leather. After I had it for only a couple of months (I did oil it back then) it started getting another tear in the exact same place on the opposite side. I guess this is a flaw in the construction of the saddle. Also, although like I said it is comfortable, it puts your legs in a horrid position. I have ridden my whole life and in many other saddles and have never had one do this. I literally cannot keep my legs underneath me at all. It puts you in a "chair" seat. I will be posting along and pretty soon my legs slip forward far enough that I fall backwards and have to pop myself back up.
Quality: Besides the tears, the leather seems decent in quality and doesn't need a lot of oiling. It isn't the quality of the higher brands, but it isn't cardboard feeling like many other saddles in this price range.
Summary: I wouldn't ever buy this saddle again because of the position it puts me in and since I jump, that is pretty imperative. If you are just looking for a cheaper saddle to pleasure ride or trail ride in though, this is your saddle. It's low maintenance, comfortable, and better quality than most in this price range.
Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
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