Manufacturer: J.C. Martin Saddlery (View all products by JC Martin Saddlery)
Model: Hunter - Wade Tree (View all Hunter - Wade Tree reviews)
Category: Roping Saddles
Purchase: Ebay - Less than $700 JC Martin Website it sells for $1100
Likes: Very solid, big 5.5" roping horn with mule hide. Fenders have a hamley twist, so they are always turned. Can't tell if the tree is ralide or not, because they covered all the exposed areas with think black suede, even between the skirts. It's only 38 pounds, so it may be ralide - a rock solid wade ranch saddle will weigh almost 45-50 pounds.
Dislikes: The tooling isn't first rate. It was done hastily and it looks like the basket weave stamp was a pretty cheap quality tool (a pro grade tool is only $25). Leather had the appearance that will eventually crack. Top quality leather that was tempered correctly while building the saddle, especially while tooling, then oiled right at the factory will not show surface cracking. Saddles are built in Texas, in a building that I bet isn't air conditioned. I don't think they worked the ground seat very well, probably not at all of it's a ralide. You can really feel the
Quality: Stitching is good. Blevins buckles on fenders. Montana flat plate rigging is positioned correctly. Fat brass hardware on the rear girth.
Summary: I'd buy a JC Martin saddle without tooling in a heartbeat. I think their tooling actually drops the value of the saddle. They should stick to straight old working ranch saddles with no frills until they master how to tool artistically.
Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
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