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post #1 of 4 Old 09-14-2009, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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Gel pads - opinions?

I was looking at one yesterday, but wasn't brave enough to get it as it looks very different from what I used before. So can you share opinion/experience with gel pads?

Alfa Gel Honeycomb Saddle Pad - Dover Saddlery.

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post #2 of 4 Old 09-14-2009, 09:05 AM
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If your saddle fits properly you shouldn't need one.
If your saddle dosen't fit properly then spend your money on getting a saddle that does fit.

Gel pads sound like a nice idea but really they are just another product on the market to part people from their money, breathable this - shock absorbant that , comfy - it's all just sales pitch.

I don't have one - and I will never have one ( and I've had about 40 horses - currently down to 8 ) .

I also know a registered master saddle fitter who dosen't carry them - and will only get one for a customer if they really insist - and he knows what he is doing.
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post #3 of 4 Old 09-14-2009, 09:56 AM
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Those honeycomb pads don't do much except be "non-slip" pads under the saddle. When the rider's weight is in the saddle, the honeycomb gel pads squish and don't provide "protection".

More traditional gel pads (like equigel) don't really do much in the way of shock absorption or protection either. The gel just moves out of the way of pressure. Those pads trap and create heat, and they can change your saddle fit.

If you want a truly shock absorbing pad, look for OPEN CELL foam like Skito, Equipedic, or ThinLine pads. Honeycomb pads like Supracor saddle pads are good too, as the honeycomb is "firm" and has been tested to work as described.

Closed cell foam and gel pads just aren't the best option for saddle pads.
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post #4 of 4 Old 09-14-2009, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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Interesting. Thanks for sharing, folks! I actually ended up getting Ultra Thinline pad yesterday (as it looks more "traditional"). Gonna try it today. :)

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