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New 2020 Saddles: The “Real” Reviews

Aaronpaul14

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Ok we have seen all of the reviews of the saddles that hit the market in 2020 that came after deer season was over. Those 1 hour sits in flip flops or crocs (whatever floats your boat) is not a 14 hour sit after walking in 2 miles while loaded with gear.

So as the season rolls on I and I’m sure many others would like to hear the pros and cons of these new saddles in true hunting settings.
 

Aaronpaul14

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I will kick it off.

I’ve got the Phantom. I sat in it for 4 hours on Thursday morning. Super comfortable was able to walk in a short walk and it stayed tight and up for the whole walk. I sat comfortable the whole time with no pressure. No complaints from the saddle until I came down. I need to add a rappel/SRT second bridge. The Prussik on the bridge loop in my mind is 3 inches or so too long. I want my bridge to be tighter to have better control.

Yesterday I sat for 14 hours. The first 5-6 hours were same as previous days and I even walked a mile in and crossed a creek. Hours 6-14 were not as comfortable. Pressure points kept growing and it was hard to sit completely still. Tried all of the adjustments and still could get the perfect setting. I am also aware it was my first long sit and have to build up my saddle shape.

Time will tell but my 2 day comparison the Phantom will be a great run and gun morning or evening sit but for me it’s not a long all day sitting saddle. I ordered a AH Merlin yesterday and will see if that becomes my all day sitter or not.
 

Ontariofarmer

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Good idea. I would love to here a few opinions on long sits


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Sniper4hire

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I will kick it off.

I’ve got the Phantom. I sat in it for 4 hours on Thursday morning. Super comfortable was able to walk in a short walk and it stayed tight and up for the whole walk. I sat comfortable the whole time with no pressure. No complaints from the saddle until I came down. I need to add a rappel/SRT second bridge. The Prussik on the bridge loop in my mind is 3 inches or so too long. I want my bridge to be tighter to have better control.

Yesterday I sat for 14 hours. The first 5-6 hours were same as previous days and I even walked a mile in and crossed a creek. Hours 6-14 were not as comfortable. Pressure points kept growing and it was hard to sit completely still. Tried all of the adjustments and still could get the perfect setting. I am also aware it was my first long sit and have to build up my saddle shape.

Time will tell but my 2 day comparison the Phantom will be a great run and gun morning or evening sit but for me it’s not a long all day sitting saddle. I ordered a AH Merlin yesterday and will see if that becomes my all day sitter or not.
I don't know that anything can stand the test of an all day sit. I have and old trophy line leather thats about as good as it gets and after 6-8 hours pressure points reveal themselves. Its inevitable. The fact that you can sit all day and not be too uncomfortable is a good testimony in itself.. JMO.
 
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