Manufacturer: Wintec (View all products by Wintec)
Model: Close Contact Saddle (View all Close Contact Saddle reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Likes: Well it certainly fits the rider and horse just like the Bates Caprilli. Moderately forward flap accommodated by 5'9" all leg height pretty well. Great, extremely balanced fit for the money. Gullets are EASY to change.
Dislikes: It's unbelievably noisy! A strange unnatural heavy plastic sound emanates from between the upper and lower leg flaps no matter how still your leg is. I have ridden in the AP and sport wintecs and they are not noisy, but the CC was an auditory disaster. I tried replacing the synthetic leathers with real leathers (as suggested on line. Apparently others have this problem too) but that didn't help b/c I believe the noise was a result of the top leg-flap rubbing against the lower leg flap. It happened riding in jeans and half chaps. It was so distracting at the posting trot that I couldn't stand it for even 20 strides and took it right off my horse. Maybe it was b/c the saddle wasn't broken in yet, but it wasn't worth the risk, and I sold it for what I paid. No loss, but I will not recommend for others.
Quality: In fit, a great alternative to the Bates Caprilli. But something about this synthetic material (verses that used on other wintecs) makes an unnatural plastic rubbing noise with every stride. Honestly, I think this is the reason you see so many "barely used/ like new" wintec CC's for sale on Ebay.
Summary: Test the saddle out before you buy to "hear" for yourself!
Usefulness Rating: 2.6 out of 5.
5 reader(s) voted.
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