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Old 11-21-08, 09:21 AM
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saddle leather

had a guy tell me the other day that if i was to purchase a genuine leather saddle i should only purchase one made from cow (the female of the species) leather because it yields a softer leather. this would make a soft ride.

he explained that saddles made from bull (the male of the species) leather yield a much tougher stronger leather due to the testosterone in the bull's skin. this, in turn, makes for a rather uncomfortable ride.

is this guy a genius or not?
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Not.

And how, exactly, would you ever tell?
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Not.

And how, exactly, would you ever tell?
said he could tell the difference by look/touch
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Uh huh. Intellect is clearly not one of your friend's redeeming features.
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Due to genetic differences between animals, and between varieties of cattle, I highly doubt it. He'd have to have tracked a LOT of leather from animal through tanning in order to build up enough experience, if it's even possible. Likely he's just repeating something that someone told him and he bought.
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Not.

And how, exactly, would you ever tell?
You look under the saddle, duh.
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Who's to say softer is better?
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wholly! and i thought the fixed forum was hmmm.. full of it!

firstly, with the saddle, u want firm. soft makes ur arse feel really numb and fatigued.

everyone is different, but the key to brooks' comfort is the firm leather suspended at the front and rear, creating a hammock for ur body's weight to bounce along on.

point here is that if it were soft leather.. the saddle would always be exerted, there would be no resistance to your body's weight and the hammock effect would be negated.

what about a saddle made from the leather of a kobe beef cow?

other than that, had anyone used an old concor or selle italia turbo saddle? how comfortable were those?
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It isn't the sex of the cow, it is where the leather is obtained. Top grain is the softest and it is the top layer of the hide. Split grain is from the middle and lower layers of the hide and it is coarser and less pliant.

Buy a Selle San Marco Rolls or Brooks saddle if you want quality leather.
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