Thanks for requesting our catalogue of equipment for the backcountry horseman. Pack equipment is not a sideline for us, it is what we specialize in, so we can give in-depth help & selection. We want to be a part of helping you enjoy your backcountry experience by providing equipment you can count on to do the job.
We are thankful to all our customers who have used our equipment and given feedback and suggestions. We have really enjoyed meeting you on the trail or at the packing clinics that we attend. For those who have not used our equipment we hope you will give it a try. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.
THESE PACK SADDLES ARE MADE BY HAND IN OUR SHOP USING THE HIGHEST QUALITY MATERIALS AVAILABLE. WE HAVE TRIED TO BE RESPONSIVE TO THE REQUESTS OF OUR CUSTOMERS, SUCH AS ADDING THE PROFESSIONAL MODEL, THE ADJUSTABLE TREE, ALL THE WAY DOWN TO DETAILS AS SMALL AS TURNING THE ENDS OF OUR STRAPS UNDER AND SKIVING IN ADDITION TO STITCHING AND RIVETING. WE ARE CERTAINLY OPEN TO MAKING CHANGES YOU MIGHT LIKE IN YOUR PACK SADDLE AS LONG AS IT DOESN’T COMPROMISE SAFETY OR QUALITY.
ALL OUR PACK SADDLES ARE MADE OF “A” GRADE HEAVY HARNESS LEATHER. This is the best choice for pack saddle strapwork because the harness leather is tanned with waxes and oils which help resist sweat and moisture. All edges are beveled to provide a smooth rounded edge against your animals hide.
I have repaired enough pack saddles with rusted buckles deteriorating the leather to know the importance ol’ good quality hardware. ALL OUR PACK SADDLES ARE MADE WITH SOLID BRASS HARDWARE THAT WILL NOT RUST.
ll straps are Joined to the hardware with 2 hand set copper rivets (not cheap tubular rivets) and then stitched with nylon thread. The ends are skived to form a smooth transition. This was requested by some of our customers over the last year. Although it does take more time, we added it as standard since we felt it improved our quality in both strength and appearance.
Our Pack saddles feature plenty of adjustment in the strapwork and will fit animals from approximately 800 to 1250 lbs.
Straight breast collars are easy to make and use less leather but they can choke your animal when going up a steep hill. OUR BREAST COLLARS ARE CONTOURED FOR RELIEF OF THE WINDPIPE. It takes more time and leather but your animals will appreciate the comfort.
THE PROFESSIONAL SAWBUCK INCLUDES A LATIGO LINED BRITCHEN AND BREAST COLLAR TO ADD AN EXTRA MEASURE OF SWEAT AND CHAFE RESISTANCE.
Your choice of Tehama in horse or mule size, or the old style Humane tree. The adjustable sawbuck tree is available as an option at an additional charge.
All hardware is solid brass and will not rust. Hip drops, breast collar straps and back straps are adjusted with conway buckles. All quarter straps have roller buckles, and the bottom near side quarter strap has a snap for easy removal.
Includes a wool blend double connected cincha with a woven center diamond to prevent curling. Comes standard in 30″ / 32″ length, but let us know if you would like another size, there is no extra charge
RALIDE HORSE PACK PANNIERS
These panniers are made of super tough space polymer. Although they are light, they are also waterproof, vermin proof, and virtually indestructible. They come with heavy duty nylon rigging straps for attaching to the pack saddle. The bottom cinch eliminates the need for a lash cinch. The back sides are contoured to comfortably fit the sides of the pack animal. Size is 23″ wide by 11 1/2″ deep by 21″ high. Top opening is 21 1/2″ x 9″. Weight 14 lbs. each. In stock is dark brown, also available in green and hunter orange.
Designed to be used with the Ralide panniers, the 1″ nylon straps attach to the lower dees on the front of the panniers. This eliminates the need for any special hitches. Made of heavy duty water repellant Cordura nylon. Outside dimension is 37″ x 28″ x 10″. In stock in dark brown, other colors available on request.
H-STYLE TOP PACK
Same construction and outside dimension as regular top pack, but cut out to fit down between crosses or arches of the pack saddle. This is our most popular top pack. In stock in dark brown, other colors available on request.
DELUXE ALFORJAS BAGS
Our most popular style of canvas alforjas bag. These bags are built of heavy 32 oz. Canvas and the ends are heavy latigo. The front and all edges are bound with leather for durability. All stress points are heavily reinforced. The straps encircle the bag. Hanger straps are1 1/4″ heavy harness leather . Size is a bit over 24″ x 12″ x 16 1/2″ to accommodate the Poly Pac inserts. Inserts are sold separately. Please let us know if you will using these with Decker hooks as the hanger straps will be made differently.
POLY PAC INSERTS
Lightweight. poly liner for alforjas bags. Provides protection to your packed items. Size is 22 3/4″ x 11″ x 16 1/4″.
STOCK SADDLE PANNIERS
These are the best made and most versatile saddle pannier on the market. These bags are made of heavy duty water repellent Cordura nylon. The front 2 hanger straps buckle through the fork, the third goes over the seat, and the fourth buckles tightly behind the cantle as shown. This makes for a very tight and secure fit. If you would like the use the bags on a pack saddle just buckle the straps to each other as shown, and loop over the arches. There is a bottom cinch to stabilize the bags without the need for any special hitches. The large lids overlap the sides by 6″, and have Velcro tabs to hold them in place. An aluminum rod reinforces the top of the bag and helps to distribute the weight of the load. Pannier size is 23″ x 20″ x 10″. Bags can be rolled up and tied behind the cantle when not in use. These are excellent for hunters. When using on a riding saddle, we recommend removing the stirrups, and using a breast collar and britchen for stability. In stock in dark brown, other colors available on request.