Manufacturer: Collegiate (View all products by Collegiate)
Model: Connoisseur Close Contact (not positive) (View all Connoisseur Close Contact (not positive) reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: This is not my saddle, but it is one that my best friend bought onsale for $5-600. The original price was $7-800. I have ridden in it a few times at shows, etc.
Likes: I liked the nice deep seat of this saddle. It made me feel more secure in it. I am not entirely sure if I like deep or flat seats better, as I haven't used many saddles that are my size.
Dislikes: I did not like the hardness of the seat. It rubs the rider in all the wrong places (everybody who rides in it seems to agree). The leather took quite awhile for my friend to break in and after owning the saddle for not even a year, the stirrup leathers have rubbed the colouring much lighter. This saddle is not suitable with along legged-rider like myself. My friend on the other hand has pretty short legs. I had to lower the stirrups 5 holes at a show and they still weren't long enough. This saddle does not put me in the correct position and I don't know how my friend manages to ride so well in it.
Quality: The quality of this saddle is not the best... I would think that although the price is lower than many other saddles, the quality should be better.
Summary: Three people have used this saddle: myself, my riding instructor, and the owner. My instructor and I think it is very uncomfortable and hard to ride in. My instructor even suggested that she get another saddle... Overall, I don't recommend this saddle to anybody who still needs to get the proper position or to anybody that has trouble relaxing their back. The secure feeling is a plus because it doesn't leave you feeling like you're just floating in the air, but other than that, I think that this is a pretty crappy saddle and is not worth the time or money.
Usefulness Rating: 2.76923 out of 5.
13 reader(s) voted.
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