I was going to wait another week or so to review these until they’re available online, but a) lots of you have been asking about them, and b) I will probably forget for a while because September is nuts for me. So – doing them now, lest anyone be left wondering when they come out.
I really really really needed new leathers when I got these; my last ones had worn literally all the way through to the nylon core. It was janky. Thank you Lund Saddlery for taking pity on me and letting me claim one of the first available pairs. But I’m also really particular about my stirrup leathers, while simultaneously being extremely cheap. And although I would love nothing more than to drop $200 on CWD or Devoucoux leathers without a second thought, it ain’t happening. At the same time though, I have some very specific “must haves” when it comes to leathers:
- calfskin: this is non-negotiable, I have french calfskin saddles
- nylon core: I haaaaaate when stirrup leathers get really stretched out and uneven
- reasonably spaced holes: either half holes or one inch spacing, because I am really weird about very specific adjustments. I need options.
- color – gotta match the saddle, yo.
I took a leap of faith with the Lund’s, being a new product, but the brand hasn’t led me astray yet AND the leathers ticked all my boxes.
Out of the box they’re quite orange, which is fairly typical of nice calfskin in it’s brand new, pre-oiled state. The question is always whether or not they’ll take oil and darken well. Boy did these pass THAT test! Two coats of oil and they were butter soft and perfectly matched to the Devoucoux.
As with all of my other Lund gear, the leathers are really well made and well constructed. There has been no stretch or wear so far in the first couple months of use, and they look just gorgeous. So far, two thumbs up.
The leathers are supposed to be available online hopefully next week (I’m sure if you want them badly enough they could put you on a pre-order list, or make sure you’re following them on fb for new product annoucements!) and retail right around $90USD. Considering I was ready to pay $150 for slightly used CWD leathers, I’m quite happy to have gotten my hands on these instead. They’re every bit as nice, but brand new and for a much more reasonable price.