Manufacturer: Albion (View all products by Albion)
Model: Kontrol (View all Kontrol reviews)
Category: Jumping Saddles
Purchase: I purchased this saddle from an Albion dealer for around $3,400. She came to my barn and custom fit me and my horse for the saddle. I had been looking for saddles for about a year. I have long thighs and my horse has withers that are difficult to fit correctly. To come out, she charged $150 which may be different between each Albion dealer. She was very nice and had been working for Albion for around ten years. They train their employees to reflock/adjust each saddle on site so she will be able to come back to my barn to readjust my saddle if I need her to.
Likes: I love the balance of the saddle. Before I bought the Kontrol, I was riding in an HDR Pro A/O which was totally wrong for me (I event). Before I tried the Kontrol, I didn't realize how the HDR had been throwing me off balance. I had to fight my body to stay in the correct position. With the Kontrol, jumping position is so effortless. I can let my body be in the correct position rather than making my body stay in the correct position. Also, I must have wide hips, because in most saddles, my pelvis bones in my butt often sit on the seams of the seat rather than on the padding of the seat. With the Kontrol, it is so comfortable in the seat!
Dislikes: The price is my only complaint. When I think about the price, I feel nauseous. I have never spent this much money, but I keep telling myself that it was an investment.
Quality: The leather quality is awesome. When my saddle finally came in, the dealer came out to my barn again (for free obviously) to make sure everything fit correctly. When I was riding in it for the first time, the saddle felt like a cardboard box(really stiff) and I mentioned this to her and she immediately had me dismount and she took the saddle off and began rolling the flaps and twisting them every which way! I was in shock! I thought the leather would crack or be damaged, but when I looked at it, the leather looked great! It was also really soft as well. I can definitely tell the leather will hold up for years to come.
Summary: I'm so glad I bought the saddle. In the end, I would rather be happy and broke than rich and dissatisfied. If you want a truly good saddle, consider Albion. They are not as well known as saddles like Devoucoux, Antares or CWD, but they are so much better--believe me, I tried other brands in the same price range.
Usefulness Rating: 2.91667 out of 5.
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