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Saddle material choices

eightwgt

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What materials are most common for saddle construction. Not straps,the cloth... ie 1000 denier nylon ?
Thanks guys

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skell

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I've used 500D cordura and milspec mesh. If memory serves me correctly both were purchased thru eBay.
 

DaveT1963

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The fabric to me, as long as it is quiet, is irrelevant on the commercial saddles. If i wanted the most comfortable i would be sitting in a fleece saddle with a RCH for fall restraint. For hunting, comfort is not my top concern. How I hunt it is uncommon for me to strip down and wade a chest deep river or creek, or to walk/crawl through a nasty tangle - for that simple reason I prefer a saddle to be easily packed into a small shape, lightweight and most importantly quiet to put on/take off. I never wear any of my gear walking in, it is always in the same exact location in my daypack. My sticks are attached to it 90% of the time and i carry my bow. If I must wade or use a creek for entry it is a simple thing for me to keep all my gear dry by holding my pack above my head. Even my phone, keys and license is inside a plastic zip lock in the pack. The only thing I have on me is a small pruner - to handle some of the thick nasty stuff if I encounter it. Once I get close to the tree I put everything on for the final 50 yards or so.
 

heretic

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I've been thinking more and more lately about getting a thread injector and DIYing myself a saddle. The other night while trying to fight off a particularly stubborn case of insomnia my mind wandered towards saddle materials.

If we've learned anything from the tactisaddle its that the main webbing loop takes the brunt of the weight, so the material between the webbing should only act as the "cupping" mechanism. Some of us are genetically pre-disposed to need more cupping than others. My current saddle unfortunately does not cater to my situation very well.

For some of you more experienced DIYers, what are your thoughts on using fleece instead of cordura or mil spec mesh? Would it be strong enough to hold up to all that stretch? I'm aware of the DIY fleece saddle, but I've never seen a formal saddle built with fleece as just the "cupping" material.

EDIT: OP - sorry if I jacked your thread, but figured this was relevant to the conversation
 

243SuperRC

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I've been thinking more and more lately about getting a thread injector and DIYing myself a saddle. The other night while trying to fight off a particularly stubborn case of insomnia my mind wandered towards saddle materials.

If we've learned anything from the tactisaddle its that the main webbing loop takes the brunt of the weight, so the material between the webbing should only act as the "cupping" mechanism. Some of us are genetically pre-disposed to need more cupping than others. My current saddle unfortunately does not cater to my situation very well.

For some of you more experienced DIYers, what are your thoughts on using fleece instead of cordura or mil spec mesh? Would it be strong enough to hold up to all that stretch? I'm aware of the DIY fleece saddle, but I've never seen a formal saddle built with fleece as just the "cupping" material.

EDIT: OP - sorry if I jacked your thread, but figured this was relevant to the conversation
Formal Saddle? Webbing, waist belt, leg straps, and bridge?fleece_saddle_updated.jpg
 

swimmer

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Would love a material list and measurements for your fleece saddle, looks awesome. Thanks
 

243SuperRC

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I like this saddle. I made it a couple of months ago. I have not hunted out of it yet. I live in the south where the temperatures have been extremely warm so far. I hope to try it out as soon as the weather cools. My other DIY saddle is mesh.
 

243SuperRC

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Would love a material list and measurements for your fleece saddle, looks awesome. Thanks

Started out making a fleece sit drag, then evolved into saddle.
 

swimmer

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Started out making a fleece sit drag, then evolved into saddle.
Thanks I'll check it out.
 

EricS

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It really depends on the actual saddle. To me the kestrel is the most comfortable saddle of the recently produced saddles. There is enough material there that is strong enough that the webbing isn’t supporting all of your weight unless you adjust it that way. The mesh isn’t quite as comfortable but it can be comfortable enough. I think fleece is comfortable as a gathered end hammock seat but if you sewed it into a webbing frame it would probably be about like a slightly warmer mesh saddle and you would lose the benefit of the fleece because of the webbing.
 

Jtaylor

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I've been thinking more and more lately about getting a thread injector and DIYing myself a saddle. The other night while trying to fight off a particularly stubborn case of insomnia my mind wandered towards saddle materials.

If we've learned anything from the tactisaddle its that the main webbing loop takes the brunt of the weight, so the material between the webbing should only act as the "cupping" mechanism. Some of us are genetically pre-disposed to need more cupping than others. My current saddle unfortunately does not cater to my situation very well.

For some of you more experienced DIYers, what are your thoughts on using fleece instead of cordura or mil spec mesh? Would it be strong enough to hold up to all that stretch? I'm aware of the DIY fleece saddle, but I've never seen a formal saddle built with fleece as just the "cupping" material.

EDIT: OP - sorry if I jacked your thread, but figured this was relevant to the conversation
I have a fleece I copied from my Mantis and as it turns out it feels like a Mantis only hotter.
 
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