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    02-01-2012, 01:52 PM

Is that a good brand? She said she thinks it's made in argentina?
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    02-01-2012, 01:53 PM
Borelli is bottom of the barrel. If you're looking for a decently made English saddle, I'd steer clear.
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    02-01-2012, 02:52 PM
What about a Bertelli? Is that good?
    02-01-2012, 02:55 PM
Bertelli makes bicycles, not horseback riding saddles.
    02-01-2012, 03:11 PM
Green Broke
I thought this would be a thread about Parelli boring people to death.....

I've never heard of a Borelli saddle, general rule of thumb, if it's a brand you've never heard of, there's probably a good reason why.
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    02-01-2012, 05:42 PM
Oh, and Bertolli makes pasta.

If you're looking for a good used English saddle, look for the known brands such as Butet, Stubben, and even Thorowgood or Wintec if you're not opposed to synthetics. Stay away from pretty much anything made in Argentina and India.
    02-01-2012, 07:44 PM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Stay away from pretty much anything made in Argentina and India.
Actually Pessoa (I believe) is made in Argentina, and very decent saddle. I think Thornhill as well (I may be wrong though). I'd say India, Vietnam and Pakistan are the worst.

Anything new, leather, and cheap is better to stay away from.
    02-02-2012, 10:06 AM
Was not aware of that. I've never really researched Pessoas, since I've never wanted one.
    02-02-2012, 10:14 AM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Was not aware of that. I've never really researched Pessoas, since I've never wanted one.
From my understanding (I did a little research while back) number of saddles (of good brands) are (or at least were) made in Argentina. Argentina used to be known for nice fancy saddles in past (not sure if it's a case anymore). Personally I have no problem with the saddle made there. My neighbor had old Argentinian saddle (no name really) and it was decent little saddle despite it was like 20 or 30 years old (I rode in it, just too small for my butt).

Unfortunately more and more saddles are made in Vietnam and India, and while they can look nice, from what I know the quality is low.
    02-02-2012, 10:28 AM
At one time Borelli's were good saddles. Because labor was cheaper, they were the first saddles in North America that competed with the high priced European saddles. I checked one over that was about 40 years old and the quality was definitely there. Borelli is still in bisiness, still producing saddles and all kinds of leather fashion goods. They are considered high end in Argentina.

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