Double Diamond TEK 1 Endurance
This is our lightest most pared down endurance saddle. Weighing in at 15 lbs, it’s built without fenders and a slightly longer seat jocky (the part under your thigh). Biothane leathers hang from the tree underneath the seat jocky so there is no danger of pinching the inner leg. Shown built with the Trail Seat (deeper) and also available in a Flat Seat. Also shown the wider english billets as an upgrade as well as two-tone color leather upgrade and pencil roll cantle. **The base saddle includes nylon endurance stirrups, adjustable 1" wide english billet or adjustable western center fire rigging, solid color, smooth or suede seat, two seat styles trail or flat and the roll over cantle. Click on the brown banners below to see options. Base Price $1650.00
Double Diamond TEK 1 Endurance Options
Endurance TEK 1 is built without fenders. However a person could easily order a pair of endurance fenders as they are built with a traditional buckle and the end of the biothane can easily slide up and over the tree.
Endurance style ( a curvy leather sleeve over pretwisted biothane, stirrups hang out the bottom on biothane). Photo on far left.
Added fender position adjustment feature: for rider comfort, we have an easy to change feature allows you to move your fenders or in the case of the TEK 1, the biothane leathers, should you prefer, to one of three stationary positions depending on your riding style and how you are built. You do not have to position them, you can also leave them free swinging. Gaited riders typically leave them alone, whereas active posting riders use the position adjustment to insure their riding in a balanced feet under you position. The best way to try it out is to do just that: ride and try it out in all the positions, and then free swinging. All you need is a flat head screw driver.
Available in 3.75 high cantle. Standard is the roll over style, or upgrade to the Cheyenne Roll or Pencil Roll style.
Standard Endurance hardware includes breast collar rings and two more at the same location, four rear rings, a crupper, and two footmans loops on the back of the cantle. We can offer reinforced mule britchen rings as a small upgrade. JWatt Horseshoe decorative stainless hardware is available as an upgrade. You can delete hardware too. Shown in the photos no conchos and rings, all leather no rings, JW hardware concho with latigo ties, large ring, ring on a footmans, and the western front breast collar attachment with off billet hanger.
Options for leather type
Smooth or suede leather, black, dark brown and light brown
Suspended Trail Seat: a deeper seat, the narrowest twist, with a soft rise in front and pocket to sit in
Suspended Flat Seat: the rise is a full 1" lower where it connects to the pommel or swell. The Flat seat also gives a slightly wider sitting area for those riders needing a bit more width. The Flat seat with a Cheyenne roll cantle offers the ultimate "more" sit area feel.
From left to right: Black, Brown, Dark Chestnut, Light Chestnut, Golden, Walnut, Dark Oil Brown
Standard are the nylon endurance, upgrade to leather wrapped, side leather wrap, hooded, leather covered western
We understand that rigging is a part of saddle fit. Most treed saddles use fixed position rigging. Having adjustable rigging allows you to customize the fit to each animal and aids in keeping your saddle in the correct position. We offer
- Center Fire adjustable Blevin buckle style western (strap to the front and rear, meets in the middle at a flat ring. The rear strap is adjustable so you can move it’s position)
- Three point center fire (long latigo starts at the rear D ring, through the girth, up to the stationary center fire ring, and so on ending at the rear D)
- English two billet (a billet to the front and rear under the jocky, slides through a flat leather guide and adjusts right at your girth).
-Stationary center fire: If adjustable rigging is not something you desire, you can choose stationary center fire (far left photo), still a better choice than the very forward one ring version that often leads to saddles moving and shifting.
X WIDE English 1 1/2" Billets with Guide
X WIDE Buckle with Neoprene Girth
All stainless, elastic on both ends, choose your size. Most DD saddles use 26, 28, 30"
Any and all of the Steele Saddle Tree Company tree fits for horses and mules from Paso Fino’s to drafts to Mammoth Donkeys to Welch Cobs and all the gaited breeds, Arabs and everything in between. We don’t build saddles by the breed, we build saddles by the fit! We won’t build your gaited saddle necessarily on a “gaited tree”. Nor will be necessarily build a mule saddle on a “mule tree”. We build saddles on trees that fit.
14-18 (additional upcharge for 14 and 18)
Notes about seat size: the style of cantle, and style of seat can make a different in your seat size. A flat seat gives a person more area to sit on. The cheyenne roll cantle "feels" larger. The roll over cantle will turn a 16 into a 15.5 due to the foam. The largest combo would be a flat seat with a cheyenne roll cantle. The cozy deep pocket version would be the trail seat with a roll over cantle.
Also note that with each seat size also changes the bar length.
The Endurance TEK 1 is the model that is built with a short single skirt , a rear layer of leather for the large D ring, and has a longer scoopy shaped seat jocky, the part under your thigh, for those who want no fenders. The biothane leathers come out from under the seat jocky. The skirt length just barely comes beyond the tree. For example seat size 16 measures approximately 24" long. It weighs approx. 15 lbs.
Additionally, we offer the following upgrades:
- Sweat Flap
- Two-tone colors on the saddle
- Double Diamond Matching Tack
- Matching Bucking Rolls
Unless the saddle maker or myself are in error, your signed returned email “accepted as written” is your commitment to your saddle and there is no return policy. We strive to insure that your saddle is built on a tree that will fit your animal and your designs are specific to your style choice. We have a 99% success rate when it comes to fit. We are professional fitters with years of experience.
We are happy to assist you in selling your saddle by posting it on our website under ‘saddles in stock for sale” should your animal unfortunately pass over the rainbow, is injured, or other unforeseen circumstances. As your animal changes we are happy to assist you in learning the art of “reading your fit” whether it be for a changing growing animal or a new or different animal. We choose trees with changes in mind and they are very generous to allow for thicker and/or shimmed saddle pads should that be necessary. Keep in mind however that a larger wider animal may not fit into a saddle built for a narrow smaller animal. Our together time leading up to your final order includes much needed information so as to choose a tree based on the measurements static and movement statically. We have a very high rate of success helping our customers.