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        04-20-2013, 09:15 PM
      #11
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by waresbear    
    If I ever see Bickmore or Skidmore, I will buy it, lately my favorite is no where to be found. I had a big can of it in my truck, my truck got stolen. When the truck was recovered, the filthy theives snitched the leather conditioner!
    I got Bickmore's Bick 4 at Boot Barn when I bought my Ariat Tombstones. I used it on my boots twice and wasn't overly impressed. There was no tangible difference in the look or feel of the leather after using the Bick 4. Used Skidmore's on them the next time I conditioned them and noticed an immediate difference in the look and feel of the leather, especially with them on.

    That's just my personal observation, though.
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        04-20-2013, 09:16 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Okay, will keep that in mind.
         
        04-20-2013, 09:18 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    For my saddles and tack, I use Lexol non-darkening leather conditioner for my light colored tack. For anything else where darkening doesn't matter, I use Leather New and Neatsfoot Oil.
         
        04-20-2013, 09:20 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Thankfully all my tack is black, so I don't have to worry about leather darkening. I'll have a look the other two though. Thanks!
         
        04-20-2013, 09:44 PM
      #15
    Trained
    About once a year I use as much Passier Lederbalsam as a hot sun will melt into the leather (it is the consistency of Vaseline). The tub I bought 4 years ago still has plenty left. Other than that, I just use Lexol a couple of times a year.

    Don't know if they are the best, but my saddles seem to be doing fine.

    I've used Leather New on my boots but felt I got better results with Lexol. The Lederbalsam will darken leather.
         
        04-20-2013, 09:45 PM
      #16
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    Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
    I got Bickmore's Bick 4 at Boot Barn when I bought my Ariat Tombstones. I used it on my boots twice and wasn't overly impressed. There was no tangible difference in the look or feel of the leather after using the Bick 4. Used Skidmore's on them the next time I conditioned them and noticed an immediate difference in the look and feel of the leather, especially with them on.

    That's just my personal observation, though.
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    I got bickmore with my boots also, that how I found out how well it works. I got an older saddle, apx 50 years old, and it was dry and stiff. I couldn't believe how well it worked. We just used it on my wife's saddle too. It's done wonders for dry stiff saddle leather. But I've never used it on boots, maybe it doesn't seem to help much on leather in good condition?
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        04-21-2013, 12:16 AM
      #17
    Foal
    I also use Passier Lederbalsam but I use a little bit about once a week. It keeps the leather nice and grippy. Passier and Stubben both make very good leather care products. For cleaning I just use glycerin soap.
         
        04-21-2013, 06:57 AM
      #18
    Foal
    Okay. Ill check all these brands out. Does anyone use Oakwood Leather Care products?
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        04-21-2013, 09:04 AM
      #19
    Weanling
    Effex Leder Balsam!
         
        04-21-2013, 10:14 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    My favourite leather care products are Carr & Day & Martin Belvoir Step 1 Tack Cleaner spray (I only use this if my tack has become dirtier than usual, otherwise I only wipe it down with a sponge that's wrung out with plain warm water), CDM Belvoir Glycerine Soap Bar (after cleaning with the step 1 or wiping down with the wrung out sponge/plain warm water), and CDM Belvoir Leather Balsam for deep conditioning as needed, they're all fantastic.

    I also really like Effax Glycerine Soap, Effax Leather Soft (a lighter oil conditioner), and Effax Leather Balsam (a heavier balm conditioner.

    Also, any time I get new tack I like to use Hydrophane Leather Dressing to waterproof and condition it before using it, but I think it's hard to find these days, I haven't seen it available anywhere in a while. I'm glad I still have some from ages ago, hopefully I'll find some somewhere before it runs out!
         

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