Originally Posted by poppy1356
I love diamond wool pads. Just as nice as 5 star but half the price. Plus they have many many options for pads.
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That's actually not true. (the comparison on the 2 brands). Diamond wool pads are needled - they have much less virgin wool in them & no where near the compression/concussion ratings of the 5 Stars. The 5 Stars are a pressed wool (felted) & have the highest rating out there. Not saying Diamond Wool pads are bad - but as someone else said, you get what you pay for. A really good (but lengthy :) article to read is Saddle Pads & What Manufacturers Don't Tell You! - 5star Equine Products
The 5 Stars are the F10 & F11's they talk about.
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, 5 Star is my favorite pad & the ONLY ones I'll use. I will not use anything neoprene, open cell, closed cell, tacky too, air rides, foam, memory foam, etc - highest quality wool only for this old gal her ponies.