The new X-technology from PrestigeItaly is a sign of the massive leap forward that some top European saddlemakers are making in the field of saddle development, in a concerted attempt to benefit the comfort of the horse and of the rider. Prestige are to be congratulated on their brave new concepts in a particularly ‘traditional’ saddlery world. But cleverly the technology they are introducing seems to work with, rather than against, the traditional methods of the centuries old ‘English’ saddle design, and so improve the riding experience for the rider and their horse. The 2 main features of the X Technology that Prestige have introduced is firstly giving the saddle a softer, more ergonomic seat, and secondly increasing rider contact with the horse by virtue of a thinner, composite and extremely lightweight panel.
The models now offered by Prestige with the X-Technology are: the stunning new X-Breath Jumping model, the X-Advanced Eventing model, plus the X-Paris, the X-Meredith, the X-Michel Robert Anniversary, the X-Helen Dressage and the D1 X-ZERO Dressage, most of which are featured below ….
It’s most obvious feature is the large opening in the centre of the seat, which Prestige explain as … ” a ventilation function for better air circulation, so cooling both horse and rider” and also… ” a therapeutic function, in that the anatomically shaped hole relieves pressure on the coccyx.”
Prestige X-Breath jump saddleThere are also holes and apertures on the saddle flaps and underflaps, too, intended to make for greater lightness and for improved ventilation. The saddle also has Prestige’s new ultralight panels.
The X-Breath is the most ‘extreme’ of the otherwise traditional and high quality range of jumping saddles from Prestige Italy. Hopefully this saddle will become a ‘must have’ for the serious jump rider, as it seems to us that the ‘X-Breath’ has some very well-designed features, looks great too and deserves to be successful. If you can find a demo, do try it ….
Also just announced is the X version of their very popular Meredith model, which has been in the Prestige catalogue for a number of years and still remains a favourite with riders worldwide.
The saddle guarantees a higher degree of “close contact”, the effect of greater proximity between horse and rider, as well as improved comfort on account of its softer seat.
The above results are due to the use of elastic membranes with a special shock absorbing material applied to the tree in the area of the ischium.
The other focus of design attention is the panels. The conventional stuffed panels are replaced by new panels made of the same synthetic material, used as stuffing, and by a new honeycomb material that is highly elastic and takes over from felt and foamed material. The effect obtained is an appreciable reduction in the thickness of the panels. At the same time stability is retained as, too, the comfort felt by the horse along its back. All other technical features remain unchanged.
As well as great looks, the new X-Technology has been added to make a great saddle even greater, and gives the Paris rider a closer contact combined with extra comfort and fit.
All leather types, plus monoflap version are now offered solely in the ZERO version. Now the D1 range has been extended with the release of a new model using the X-Technology, as detailed earlier in our feature. This model has only recently been introduced and added to the Prestige Price List, so we await some independent rider reviews before we can report on the popularity of the X-ZERO.