Price: $37 Ogilvy Direct | $40 SmartPak I think that these baby pads are definitely on the expensive side but seem totally worth it. Shaped spine, reduced slipping, and easier to wash? Count me in!
|monogram all the things!|
Given those experiences I knew that I wanted something with a shaped spine. Ideally it would have girth straps but those weren't going to make or break the deal. Along came the SmartPak February deal of free monogramming. Enter my first baby pad!
|don't think I have to worry about the shaped spine!|
Another thing that I have come to love about this pad is the "quick-dry anti-bacterial/anti-fungal brushed poly on the inside". It is quick drying and I have probably 8-10 rides on this pad now and it still doesn't look terrible nor does it smell or have a "crusty" feel to it. I normally don't use a pad for more than 3 or 4 rides so I was pretty impressed by this one.
|trying to show the texture of the underside...|
Bottom Line: I may or may not have added 1 or 2 more since drafting this post... I can't help it that SmartPak tempts me with it's free monogramming days! I love this pad and though I do kind of wish that it had girth loops the lack of them isn't enough to make me pass on another. As long as I get the pad really pulled up into the channel of my saddle it normally doesn't move. I attribute any shifting to improper placement on my part. This pad is white and will get stained if your tack leaks any die on it but aside from that after my first wash you can only tell it was used because of the darned Devoucoux leaking on it and my lazy self not washing it fast enough. Try it out. You will not be disappointed!
Note: For someone with a smaller saddle(I'm thinking less than 17" probably) this pad might be a little bit big. Don't think that would cause any issues but just wanted to throw that out there. The longer spine is awesome sauce IMO because it is a baby pad that my saddle won't hang off of but that also means there might be a little bit extra on those smaller sized saddles. Maybe the profile pad would be a better sized option :)