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AP 500
All Purpose Saddles

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Manufacturer: Wintec (View all products by Wintec)

Model: AP 500 (View all All Purpose 500 reviews)

Category: All Purpose Saddles

Purchase: I purchased this saddle at Newmarket Saddlery and paid approximately $500.00 plus tax (saddle only)

Likes: As a middle-aged adult, I was looking for a light-weight, comfortable, saddle that would be durable and require minimal cleaning and conditioning. I also purchased the Wintec stirrup leathers and and a Wintec elastic cinch. This saddle met all my requirements. The seat is comfortable for adult anatomy, it is easily cleaned with soap and water, and is light-weight. Very easy to hoist above shoulder height!

Dislikes: I bought the interchangeable gullet system-the manufacturers claims ease of of use. It is not easy to use (at least not the first time the gullet is changed out!) It took two of us to change the gullet...and we were both drenched in sweat before we successfully finished the task. The location of some of the screws makes alignment difficult. I would say the instructions are inadequate.

Quality: It is very well constructed, the stitching is good quality, and frankly in black it looks better than some all leather saddles.

Summary: I would recommend the Wintec AP 500 for anyone looking for a comfortable, light-weight wasy to maintain saddle. However, be prepared to struggle if who have to change the gullets-bring plenty of gatorade to replenish the sweat you'll lose..or better yet bring a strong man with a screwdriver.

Rating: 5

Author: Ann

Date: 2005-02-25

Usefulness Rating: 2.71429 out of 5.
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