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  • Classic equine 100% felt pad or 5 star pad
  • Is 1/2" to thin on a 5 star pad

 
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    05-18-2009, 10:11 PM
  #1
Weanling
5 Star Pads

A lot of barrel racers rave about these pads. I just bought one and may be getting ready to buy another. Anyone here use one? What do you think?
     
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    05-19-2009, 01:42 AM
  #2
Green Broke
They're nice, but overpriced IMO. People who buy them, like them. They are good felt pads, just too expensive to me.

If you want nice wool felt with truely shock absorbing properties, I'd look at the ThinLine felt pads. Their felt is by Classic Equine. I use a ThinLine western half pad over a Diamond Felt Liner pad and really like the combo.
     
    05-19-2009, 09:53 PM
  #3
Weanling
Those really aren't much cheaper than the 5-Stars, though, are they?
     
    05-20-2009, 09:22 AM
  #4
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Colorado Dobes    
Those really aren't much cheaper than the 5-Stars, though, are they?
No, but you're getting more pad for your $$. 5-Star is just plain felt. ThinLine's Felt pads are felt plus their shock absorbing ThinLine material.
     
    05-20-2009, 10:17 AM
  #5
Weanling
Oh, gotcha. Well thanks for your input!
     
    05-20-2009, 12:16 PM
  #6
Showing
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Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
They're nice, but overpriced IMO. People who buy them, like them. They are good felt pads, just too expensive to me. .
I tried a knockoff of a 5 Star and it isn't holding up well. It is a 100% wool contoured pad with wear leathers but after about 6 months of riding, it is shredding up by the gullet. I looked at the 5 Star and the density of the wool is far superior to the knockoff I bought. The one I bought was a Reinsman at about $75 compared to the 5 Star at $150.

The last pad I bought lasted me ~10 years so spending that kind of money and averaging it out over the life expectancy isn't so bad.

BTW, I'm looking at the Thinline pad myself. I like what I've read about them.
     
    05-20-2009, 12:49 PM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by iridehorses    
I tried a knockoff of a 5 Star and it isn't holding up well. It is a 100% wool contoured pad with wear leathers but after about 6 months of riding, it is shredding up by the gullet. I looked at the 5 Star and the density of the wool is far superior to the knockoff I bought. The one I bought was a Reinsman at about $75 compared to the 5 Star at $150.

The last pad I bought lasted me ~10 years so spending that kind of money and averaging it out over the life expectancy isn't so bad.

BTW, I'm looking at the Thinline pad myself. I like what I've read about them.
That is good to know about the knockoffs. The two I bought are both original 5-Stars. I love the classifieds section on barrel horse world. I was able to get two almost new pads for less than what the new ones cost. A lot of times you can find deals on ones that people ordered that weren't the right thickness for them or whatever.
     
    05-20-2009, 07:05 PM
  #8
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by iridehorses    
I tried a knockoff of a 5 Star and it isn't holding up well. It is a 100% wool contoured pad with wear leathers but after about 6 months of riding, it is shredding up by the gullet. I looked at the 5 Star and the density of the wool is far superior to the knockoff I bought. The one I bought was a Reinsman at about $75 compared to the 5 Star at $150.

The last pad I bought lasted me ~10 years so spending that kind of money and averaging it out over the life expectancy isn't so bad.

BTW, I'm looking at the Thinline pad myself. I like what I've read about them.
Ah, well, that is a good value then! The ThinLine's felt isn't all that dense, but the ThinLine material protects the top of the pad from getting worn or rubbed by the saddle.

I bet a ThinLine Half pad over a 5-Star would be a killer combination, lol. You'd have to go with a thinner 5-Star though, like their 1/2" or 3/4" pad.
     
    05-21-2009, 02:22 PM
  #9
Started
I think the 5 stars are over priced. I like classic equine and professionals choice, you get a awsome pad for the money and they last a long long long time. They have awsome colors and patterns, and great material for the horse.
     
    05-21-2009, 07:38 PM
  #10
Foal
I just bought two 5 Stars and am very, very happy with them.

I was going to go with a cheaper one like Classic Equine but I have never heard a bad review on the 5 Stars and thought I will just do it right this time.

It took me FOREVER to decide cut and thickness.

At this point I won't buy anything else ever.
     

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