Manufacturer: Collegiate (View all products by Collegiate)
Model: Diploma with gullet change system (View all Diploma with Easy Change Gullet System reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I bought this saddle with fittings from a friend for $600, I have wanted this saddle for several years because I liked the wintec close contact (same model and tree as the diploma) so much, but I much prefer leather to synthetic. They had always been too expensive for me to afford before my friend decided to sell hers.
Likes: I love pretty much everything about this saddle. The leather is good quality and looks like it will stand the test of time. The knee blocks are there but not intrusive. It also fit my hard to fit mare really well. I went through a lot of saddles before I was able to get this one. I love being able to change the gullet when she gains or loses weight.
Dislikes: The gullet system can be cumbersome to change, the last time I changed the gullet size I had to have a friend help me do it. Going up or down more than once gullet size is impossible. Also, I have to keep my stirrups at jumping length otherwise I get into a terrible chair seat. This is annoying because this is my one and only saddle and I like being able to relax and put my stirrups down for flat work or trail riding. Also, the seat is pretty hard, though I broke my tail bone a few months ago so I am likely more sensitive in that area than most! The dye on the leather rubbed off on everything at first, especially during hot/sweaty rides, but seems to not have that problem as much any more.
Quality: Leather is good quality, saddle is well made, I haven't had any structural issues since I bought it about a year ago.
Summary: I love this saddle overall, and would have no issue buying one again.
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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