Double Diamond TEK 2 Endurance
This is our workhorse Endurance TEK 2 model that comes with fenders. It has a 3.75" cantle available in three styles. Shown is the standard, the roll over style. This cantle style offers the most padding all the way to the top and "uses" 1/2" of your seat size You can also build the pencil roll and cheyenne roll cantle as an upgrade. The cheyenne roll offers a lip to grab on when going downhill, and offers the largest "feel" to the seat. Our famous suspended ground seat comes in two styles: the Trail Seat (shown) or the Flat Seat. The flat seat will make a seat feel larger. There are three fender choices. All fenders are built with biothane on the back for a supple flat close contact no break in feel. Weighs approx. 17 lbs. Includes all stainless trail hardware, nylon endurance trail stirrups, your choice of rigging english or western center fire, 1/2" wool felt underside, 3 position fender adjustment, a fitted Steele Saddle Tree as well as consultation for fitting the dynamic ridden animal after you receive your saddle.
Click on the options below for photos and descriptions of options and upgrades.
Expect saddles to require at least 12 weeks for completion.
The base price of the TEK 2 Endurance model is $1689.
Double Diamond TEK 2 Endurance Options
All of our fenders require no break in because instead of layers of stiff leather we back our leather fenders with biothane. Stronger than leather they will not stretch and are very flat increasing that close contact feel and are very kind to the lower back and hips and knees. Styles include a traditional wider western, Narrow Trail (straight in shape and about seven inches wide), and the Endurance style ( a curvy leather sleeve over pretwisted biothane, stirrups hang out the bottom on biothane). You will not need to wet the fenders and let them sit with a broom to build a bend in all the leather because there isn’t all that leather. Traditional blevin buckle length adjustment on all fenders with the exception of the Endurance fender which has a buckle and is able to be adjusted when mounted.
Added fender position adjustment feature: for rider comfort, we have an easy to change feature allows you to move your fenders, 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 stainless hardware. Upgrade to the Jerimiah Wyatt Horseshoe hardware.
Some folks want footmans loops, a crupper ring, mule britchen rings, and/or extra rings for trail gear. For a small upcharge we can add additional hardware.
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 (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 center fire ring, and so on ending at the rear D), and English two billet (a billet to the front and rear under the jocky, slides through a flat rectangle leather guide and adjusts right at your girth). If adjustable rigging is not something you desire, you can choose stationary center fire, 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)
The Endurance TEK is built with a short single skirt and one layer of leather to house the rear D. Skirt length just barely comes beyond the tree. For example seat size 16 measures approximately 24" long.
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 generous angle fit tree and your designs are specific to your style choice.
Fitting education and help: 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.