As far as durability, I have put these girths through their paces. These girths have been in muddy, sandy, wet conditions and gotten caked with footing of almost every type. They have been drenched from splashing around in rivers and water complexes on cross country courses. And truth be told, though I am not proud of this...I don't clean my tack as often as I should, and these girths took that abuse like champs. Surprisingly, despite that, they also clean up extremely well and quite easily. In addition, I have not had one single failure of a stitch or any other piece of leather on these girths. The padding in both the dressage and the jumping girth is still just as good as it was on the first ride.
I knew they had come out with their Stretchtec Dressage Girth since then, but I recently learned that they also improved their original version of their dressage girth. How can you improve a product that already works so well?
The improved version of the original is still the same design with some refined details. The leather is still buttery soft on the padding side. The padding has also been increased, which is noticeable. The billet keepers have also been reinforced, though I have never found those to be an issue on either of my previous dressage girths. Klein had to test it out, of course.
We did lengthenings in the trot and canter as well as lateral work to make sure we could test some range of motion. Klein was as free as ever in the front.
On their main page you will see the phrase "Ridiculously Effective Creations." I'd say that is pretty accurate statement.
Here you can see how the girth provides room for freedom of movement in the shoulder.
I never felt the girth under my leg during our ride.
As Klein continues to advance with her dressage work, this kind of girth is essential for her. I absolutely believe that this girth has played a part in her advancement in her dressage training.
Total Saddle Fit also still has their 30 day 110% money back guarantee. In the past couple years, their popularity and demand has grown so much they know have a western version as well as a synthetic version of their dressage girth. They also make shimmable half pads and sheepskin covers for their girths. Their full product line can be found here: Shop Total Saddle Fit. Take a look through that link. You will also be surprised at the price of their products. For a product of this quality and effectiveness, I would expect to pay more than what they are priced at.
This company continues to impress us and I have a feeling Klein and I won't be able to resist giving their Stretchtec girth a try as well and compare the two.