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Manufacturer: Pessoa (View all products by Pessoa)

Model: A/O (View all A/O reviews)

Category: Close Contact Saddles

Purchase: After an 8 year break from riding (and 3 kids later), my flat panel Stubben did not seem up to par any more. A HUGE fan of Stubben quality, I was hesitant to try any other brand. My trainer had me ride in her Pessoa A/O & after only 30 minutes, I was hooked!!! I like to think of the Stubben as the Mercedes- firm , tight, sporty seat; while the Pessoa is more like a Cadillac- squishy & cushy. New, an A/O lists for $1995. I found mine on EBay for $899, nicely broken in & in great cosmetic shape.

Likes: My Pessoa appears to have been conditioned regularly. It has a great deep brown color & is soft and appropriately flexible. The knee pads help me keep my thigh in perfect position, without being too bulky. It is extremely comfortable jumping and on the flat.

Dislikes: Some of the new ones have a more orangy color on the seat that I don't really like, but I have been told the color deepens when oiled regularly.

Quality: The Pessoa is of excellent quality. The stitching is perfect and the billets seem fine, even after a couple years of use by an unknown EBayer!

Summary: I am so pleased my trainer talked me into trying this saddle! I love it! If you can find one in as great shape as mine for under $1K, go for it!

Rating: 5

Author: Missy

Date: 2006-03-29

Usefulness Rating: 2.55556 out of 5.
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