Manufacturer: Courbette (View all products by Courbette)
Model: Alpina (View all Alpina reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I bought this saddle used for $300 on Ebay. Had it not been the plain flap version (great for myself but not great for selling) I believe it would have sold the first time around and for significantly more. I'm giving the Alpina a 4 out of 5 because I think in the scheme of the available off-the-rack saddles, that's where it fits in. Not because I am dissatisfied.
Likes: The leather quality, in my opinion, is really great for this price range of saddle. The Alpina's flaps are made of thick bridle leather and the seat is a nice softer, grippier type. There is nothing low quality on this saddle and like my Courbette leathers, it seems to wear like iron. The seat depth is good (I like the flatter seats) and the panels are well constructed.
Dislikes: I can only think of two things that buyers should know before choosing this saddle. Firstly, like most saddles with gusseted panels, it is really built for a flatter back. And second (which other reviewers have said) the seat is advertised as being soft but really is not. Don't buy the Alpina for it's seat. It may be the softest seat Courbette makes, but by no means is it cushy!
Quality: Really it is too bad that the plain flaps are out of style, because I think this saddle would last for another decade. There is no cheap stamped Argentinian leather here.
Summary: Assuming the workmanship on my saddle is the same as is being produced today, and your horse has a flatter back, I think the Alpina is a very good saddle in the price range. The quality is really good and you have freedom in this saddle.
Usefulness Rating: 3.66667 out of 5.
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