Manufacturer: Porter Saddle of Arizona
Model: Slick Seat Wade Roper
Category: Roping Saddles
Purchase: I purchased this saddle on Ebay for $489.00 after looking for over a year for a wade roper that would fit my budget and amount of riding I'd be doing each year which is limited to early branding season and roundup.
Likes: After looking at various brands and reviews I took the plunge on this saddle and cannot say enough good about it. The leather is top quality and the full QH tree fits the horses I ride well. My first ride in it the rancher I was riding for was really impressed with it and clearly thought it was in the $1000 plus range. I rode hard that first day for 5 hours and I was comfortable the entire time. More importantly my horse was not sored and had even sweat wear. I also really liked the wide leather covered stirrups and the fact that it came with a rear cinch. This was not advertised on the ebay sight so it was a pleasant surprise. The quick change buckles were great. Five year warranty on the fiberglass rapped wood tree is a major plus too.
Dislikes: The only thing I could even remotely say I do not like is that it has synthetic rather than real fleece. But I say that reluctantly because the synthetic fleece is very thick, unlike some I have seen, and seems to be of a rugged type. I also had to turn the stirrups myself but even then that is a little thing because I don't mind doing that kind of stuff.
Quality: This saddle is top notch to say the least. The leather is not the cheap plasticy looking stuff but thick and sturdy. It is clearly well put together. Nothing on this saddle was loose but very tight. I suspect it will last a long time and many miles.
Summary: I highly recommend this saddle if you are looking for an inexpensive yet rugged alternative to some of the more well known saddle brands out there. I would not hesitate to buy another and should the need to do so arise I certainly will.
Author: Montana S
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
6 reader(s) voted.
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