Originally Posted by HnA Tack
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.
As possibly guessed , 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.
Lol so I'm going to believe an article written by the 5 star company on why their pads are better than everyone else's? Really? Yea no thank you lol.
I'm sorry but paying hundreds for a saddle pad is just insane. Those darn things cost more than my horse did. Don't see the logic in paying almost the same cost for a saddle pad as I pay for my monthly rent.
We all have our beliefs & preferences, but TRUTH is - Diamond wool pads (also Wades) ARE needled wool - they are not a pressed felt, like 5 Stars, Slones, Wrights, etc. 5 Star has the article on their website, but "they" didn't write it - all anyone has to do is to do their OWN investigating. Ask a company if their pads are needled or felted? Ask them how much virgin wool is in them? It's for each person to make their OWN judgement, and the article opens a person's eyes. I am not sure where you have priced the 5 Stars, but gosh - I guess I've not spent just $180-$250 on a horse's purchase since ... um... guess it would be back in the 60's. I know rescues/adoptions can be that cheap, but I don't see any other horses I'd own in that price range.
And I've not paid rent in the $180-$250 range since the 70's & 80's!