Manufacturer: Thorowgood (View all products by Thorowgood)
Model: Maxam / Griffin (View all Maxam / Griffin reviews)
Category: All Purpose Saddles
Purchase: I got my Thorowgood from ebay and I paid $120 for it, which is obviously a good deal for a Thorowgood in practically new condition. FYI, for some reason these tend to go very cheap on ebay used compared to Wintec synthetics, and imo they are pretty much just as good.
Likes: I'm not sure of the model I have, but it isn't a very old and outdated one. It looks like a Maxam, but it doesn't have the Maxam title on the stirrup keeper. Anyway, I love that it fits my horse so well and that it is so comfortable. I am using it as a general riding/trail saddle (its an A/P model) and I find that I stay pretty comfortable in it after many hours on the trail. It has a pretty padded seat that has great grip. It is also very light and of course easy to clean. I have had Wintecs and I would say this is similar in quality of saddle as the Wintec 500, except it does not have stirrup blocks. For what they go for used on Ebay they are the best english saddles to get used imo because there is little investment for such quality. Most of the models can be bought new for less than $500. Even at new prices they are good deals for what you get because most leather saddles, english or western, in that price range are absolute rubbish. A very comfortable and secure saddle for the horse and rider and very durable. It really takes forever to wear them out too.
Dislikes: If I had to point out something I don't like about it I would say that I don't like the nylon billet straps. In all actuality nylon is very durable and can outlast leather and these certainly take the beating billet straps take, but they stretch a lot. I feel like they stretch a little more than leather straps would, but maybe that is just me. The plus side of nylon billets is that they are more durable and they don't show the wear the leather billet straps do as easily or as soon. With any synthetic saddle you have minuses. They do make more noise than leather saddles, but what really adds to the noise are the synthetic webbers than you usually use with syn. saddles. I use Wintec leathers and they have a rubbery quality about them and they do make noise as they make friction with the saddle. I don't have an issue with it myself, but I do know it bothers some people. It is minor with my saddles and webbers. Synthetics don't have the same feel that leather has, but I don't have a pref. for leather so I don't have issues with it.
Quality: Well made. No shoddy materials that break down easily. Great, tight stitching. Just overall good quality.
Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
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