Manufacturer: Dover (View all products by Dover Saddlery)
Model: Circuit Pro (View all Circuit Pro Saddle reviews)
Category: Jumping Saddles
Purchase: I tried the Circuit Pro when Dover had a Cash for Clunkers program. I was able to trade in my old saddle for $250 towards the purchase of the Circuit Pro, which made this a great deal. I paid around $850 for it. It usually retails between $1,100 and $1,600.
Likes: The seat is a little wider thus very comfortable and well padded. The knee rolls just big enough without being intrusive. Small thigh block which is nice.
Dislikes: The flaps felt like cardboard and I was given a list of things to do in order to "help" it break in and soften it up. Some of the stitching looked "cheap", especially on billets and any areas "out of view". I have heard the flaps will discolor drastically where the leathers rub the flaps, which based on the quality leather of the flaps is no surprise. The flaps are very short. I am 5'8" and the flaps did not accommodate my longer leg.
Quality: The leather seemed almost plastic, for a lack of a better term. The saddle had been rubbed with wax, I was told, to prevent it from getting scratched during shipping. So I am not sure if that is the only reason the saddle screamed "I am new and shiny". As mentioned above, the flaps were hard and I am not sure how they would break in and soften over time. The color was overly red, but I was told it would darken with regular cleaning and oiling.
Summary: I returned the saddle mainly because the flaps were too short and I need to be able to adjust my stirrup length from flat work to jumping, so need a longer flap to accommodate my leg. I did jump in it and it felt comfortable. I am just not sure about the leather quality and how it breaks in over time. I think for what you pay, it's a decent saddle, provided it fits you well. The seat was comfy, just the flaps seem short for us longer-legged folks and the leather was not great quality. I'm glad I tried it, but wont be buying a Circuit saddle. The quality of leather and craftsmanship is just not that great.
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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