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    09-12-2009, 09:17 AM
What stirrup leathers would you choose?

Say you were given the choice of 6 different pairs of stirrup leathers..which would you choose?

1. 54" Pessoa leathers, listed in "excellent condition", $60

2. 54" M. Toulouse leathers, listed in "good condition", $50

3. 55" Thornhill Pro-Trainer leathers, listed as brand new, $45

4. 58" Crosby leathers, listed in "excellent condition", $50

5. 60" Pessoa leathers, listed in "good condition", $25

6. 60" Stubben blue dot leathers, listed in "good condition", $25

Soo...if color doesn't matter, and all the lengths are okay, and you had a budget of $70, what pair would you choose and why?

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    09-12-2009, 10:08 AM
Green Broke
1. Pessoa, hands down. The lined/stitched leathers are my absolute favorite. They last so much longer then the 'regular' stirrups with minimal to no stretching. Since they have the nylon lining even if the leather were to give out, the lining would still keep them together, so I think they're safer as well. The only other lined stirrups you have on there (2) looked pretty worn.
    09-12-2009, 10:10 AM
Green Broke
Shoot if I didn't just buy new leathers i'd ask where the pessoas were posted and buy them if you didn't want them!! $60 is a great price for them too. It's hard to find lined stirrups with decent leather for less then $100
    09-12-2009, 10:21 AM
Green Broke
Whichever are double stitched or have a nylon core. Great if it is both. They last forever and they don't stretch as much. Most importantly, they are the safest. I had one pair that were not double stitched and... I fell and fractured my nose from a broken stirrup leather while jumping. BOO!

I will never do that again!
    09-12-2009, 10:23 AM
Green Broke
After looking, the first Pessoa leathers look best
    09-12-2009, 10:31 AM
I was leaning towards the first pessoa's too, but I've never spent any time looking at leathers before, so I wasn't sure. They're $10 under what I was originally budgeting to buy, too! So that means I could buy George Morris' book, too!

I've just got to talk to my mom, and see about actually getting them. Fingers crossed they're still available?!

Upnover - how can you tell that they're lined/stitched? I'm soo clueless when it comes to leathers..I spent all my time getting nice and educated about saddles that I forgot about the fittings!
    09-12-2009, 10:36 AM
Green Broke
The Pessoas appear to be lined/stitched because if you look at the pics, you can see the stitching on the leathers.

An example of some that aren't lined or stitched: http://www.griffinbrook.com/images/toryleathers.JPG

NEVER buy Tory leathers. They SUCK and they broke on the first ride
    09-12-2009, 10:48 AM
OH. Duh. I noticed that but didn't make the connection. Thanks!

Hm. Weird. I just checked and right now, one of my leathers is lined/stitched, and the other is not. They're from two different pairs, stretching horribly, and starting to crack and make noises when I ride. Hence the rush for new leathers.
    09-12-2009, 03:25 PM
Okay now that I'm narrowing in on the pair I want, i'm starting to second guess myself on the length. I had what I think were 54" leathers on my old saddle, back when I was around 5'7". Now I'm 5'8.5" (went to the dr's last week!) and I've got pretty long legs. Will 54" be long enough?!

This was me with the 54" (maybe) ones

And then me with my current ones, which are somewhere near 60", give or take a few

(my saddle looks RED in this pic...isn't nearly that bad in RL)

54" will be okay, even if I lengthen my stirrups a little, right?
    09-12-2009, 03:35 PM
Sorry ( not really )

None of the above as I make my own,

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