The Circle Y Alpine Flex2 Trail Saddle isn’t an ordinary trail saddle. To put it into car terms, this saddle is made to feel as luxurious as a Cadillac while still remaining as rugged as an off-road vehicle.
It combines the scientific approaches of ergonomics to help ease the stress of the ride on both horse and rider, and the craftsmanship is just as advanced as the technology used to design it.
Circle Y Alpine Flex2 Trail Saddle – Who is Circle Y?
Simply put, Circle Y is a company located in Yoakum, TX (hint: the Y in Circle Y stands for Yoakum). It began in 1960 with founder Leland Tucker.
In that short amount of time, Circle Y has taken over several markets and established a Team of Champions that includes several Hall of Fame riders. It also has a dedicated I Ride Circle Y membership group that’s included in every part of the manufacturer’s design process.
This is how the company has been able to produce top-quality saddles that incorporate what riders are really looking for. It’s also why their saddles are such a great investment for any rider.
The people behind Circle Y
14″ to 17″ Circle Y Alpine Flex2 Trail Saddle 2377 w/Free Pad
List Price: $2,365.00
Our Price: $2,150.00
Tree: Flex2 Trail Regular and Wide
Skirt Size: 15″ x 26-1/2″
Weight: Approximately 28 lbs.
It’s now headed by none other than Steve Tucker of Tucker Saddles. He’s made it his mission to produce high-quality saddles that promote superior comfort for both horse and rider. To do this, he’s utilizing technology and ergonomics.
That’s why this particular saddle is so much more advanced than a typical trail saddle.
As mentioned above, the Team of Champions and I Ride Circle Y memberships feature a star-studded list, including multidisciplinary rider and celebrated clinician Julie Goodnight, two-time World Barrel Racing Champion Kelly Kaminski, and owner and operator of Nowhere But UP Performance Horses Cody Crow.
Circle Y Alpine Flex2 Trail Saddle Shocking Technology
Okay. For starters, anyone who’s ever ridden on a long, rough trail ride knows he or she is going to be sore the next day.
Often, this isn’t due to being out of riding shape or having a bad seat, but instead points to problems with the seat itself. In this saddle, there’s an impact foam designed to offer cushion without wearing down quickly like other saddles.
That means it’ll last through longer trail rides. Think of it as the shocks on your car when driving down a bumpy road. Those shocks can make your ride smooth or make you regret taking the road in the first place.
Circle Y Alpine Flex2 Trail Saddle – Engineered Comfort
If you’ve ever had to deal with sore knees and ankles after a ride, you’ll be happy to know that this saddle offers ErgoBalance Stirrups. This means the bar at the top of the stirrup has been tilted so as to allow the foot to be even during the ride.
The skirt and tree have been designed with balance and comfort in mind. How? The tree has a dual-bar system that gives stability to the rider. But the beauty in this saddle is that the skirt creates a path along the spinal area.
This has proven to decrease rubbing, sore spots, and all the problems associated with pressure points along the horse’s spine. The skirt also has a neoprene filler that soaks up all the shock from rough terrain.
And if that’s not enough, the seat and fenders are made of Circle Y’s softest leather ever. It’s so soft that breaking it in isn’t an issue anymore!
What’s this saddle good for?
- Seat Size: 14″, 15″, 16″, 17″
- Color: Walnut, Regular Oil
- Tooling: Border
- Tree: Flex2 Trail Regular and Wide
- Hardware: Engraved Stainless
- Rigging: 3-way adjustable inskirt
- Swell Width: 14″
- Cantle Height: 5″
- Horn Size: 3″ Neck 2-3/4″ Cap
- Skirt Size: 15″ x 26-1/2″
- Weight: Approximately 28 lbs.
This lightweight saddle is designed to be beautiful to look at as well as easy on long rides. It’s best to use the Alpine Flex2 saddle for trail rides, but it can be used in endurance, ranch riding, training, and other areas where you need a comfortable saddle.
As always, be sure to measure yourself and your horse appropriately before purchasing any saddle. Overall, this saddle is perfect for pretty much any rider who wants to enjoy life on the trails.
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