Manufacturer: Bates (View all products by Bates)
Model: Caprilli C-Air (View all Caprilli Close Contact with CAIR reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I was traveling back through on my way back to Colorado. I purchased this saddle from The Farmhouse, just outside Tryon,NC. I paid $1,750.00 for this saddle without fittings.
Likes: It was the most comfortable saddle I have ever sat in! I have had major back surgery and thought this would be great for me. Couldn't wait to ride in it. I thought it would be a great idea to have the complete interchangeable gullet system, also.
Dislikes: When I arrived home in Colorado, I had to put my mare down before winter. After this, I did not ride until the next summer. I was so shocked when I finally put it on a horse!!!! It was hard as bricks to sit on!!!! The C-Air panels had expanded due to the high altitude in which I live. I did contact the Bates Co. and with quite a while waiting for a response, they admitted that this does happen. They did offer to refill the panels with wool flocking. I appreciate the offer but already sold it to someone back east and lost about $600.00. I just feel like the consumers should be aware of this problem with air filled panels.
Quality: Construction and quality of these saddles are great and are very attractive.
Summary: Beware of air filled panels in saddles if you live in high altitude-they expand and can be dangerous, also!
Author: High Altitude
Usefulness Rating: 2.25 out of 5.
8 reader(s) voted.
Zaldi Top Jump Close Contact Saddles
Pessoa Pessoa A/O Junior Saddle Long Flap Close Contact Saddles
Henri De Rivel Pro RTF Close Contact Saddles
Arc de Triomphe Gazelle Close Contact Saddles
Synergist saddle Endurance Close Contact Saddles
Mondega Close Contact Saddles
St Lourdes Tango Close Contact Saddles
Beval Butet Close Contact Saddles
Santa Cruz Platinum Justin GPS Close Contact Saddles
Colligate Parfaire 2013 Close Contact Saddles
Courbette Alpina Close Contact Lemetex Close Contact Saddles
Mondega Conquist Close Contact Saddles
Exselle Exselle Debut Wool Flocked Close Contact Saddles
Mondega Augustine Close Contact Saddles
Collegiate Collegiate Convertiable Alumni Close Contact Close Contact Saddles
Greenhawk Vala close contact Close Contact Saddles
Bates Caprilli Close Contact Close Contact Saddles
Beval Artisan Close Contact Saddles
Dover Circuit Premier Apex Saddle Close Contact Saddles
Dover Circuit Premier Special EQ Close Contact Saddles