Decker Pack Saddles are rugged, versatile pack saddles that are easy to load. Our Decker Pack Saddles, designed in the classic style, are the pride of the Outfitters Supply™ shop and built to last a lifetime of hard packing. Special attention to craftsmanship makes our Decker Pack Saddle a favorite of the US Forest Service, park rangers, game wardens, outfitters and serious packers.
The Classic half-breed is made from 24 oz. canvas, reinforced with top-quality latigo leather and stuffed with one inch of Duratex synthetic padding to help absorb the pressure of the load. The bars are shaped in the classic O.P. Robinette style and fit most average horses and mules. A one by four pine bar on each side of the half-breed spreads the weight of the packs across the pack animal's ribs.
The hardware in our pack saddles is solid brass, chrome-plated, with the exception of the rigging rings and breeching dees, which are nickel-plated steel for strength. There are always ways to improve a product; however, we have found nothing better for the rigging than leather. We handpick from the very best available, Hermann Oak Old World Harness leather. Rolled leather on our Decker Pack Saddle breast collar and breeching prevents chafing and soring. We have added roller buckles on the quarter straps for easy adjustment of the breeching. The rigging on our Decker Pack Saddle is fully adjustable so you can place your cinch at any one of several positions that best suits your pack stock.
In keeping with classic Decker Pack Saddle design, we include a half breed with pack boards. The half-breed makes Decker Pack Saddles better suited to heavier loads, whether you use manties or pack panniers. Our classic half breed is made from two layers of 32 oz. canvas and stuffed with a 1” felt pad to help absorb the pressure of the load. All raw edges are covered and finished with latigo leather. The pack boards, which help distribute weight on the Decker Pack Saddle across the animal’s ribs, are made of pine and laced into two latigo leather pockets. We include two long latigosand a 100% mohair, double-ring pack cinch so that your Decker Pack Saddle is ready to go right out of the box.
NEW TrailMax Decker Pack Saddle! Built just like our Classic Decker Pack Saddle, but with our new TrailMax Half-Breed in place of the Classic Canvas and Leather Half-Breed. The TrailMax Half-Breed is made of tough Textilene mesh with rubberized hog hair padding behind the boards; both materials allow air flow to your pack horse or pack mule. The edges are bound and reinforced with 4-way nylon webbing and traditional pine boards help distribute the weight of the load across the pack animal's ribs. The TrailMax Decker Pack Saddle weighs almost 5 pounds less than our Classic Decker Pack Saddle and it comes ready to pack with two long latigos and a 100% mohair, double-ring pack cinch.
Decker hooks are another benefit to using Decker Pack Saddles. Decker hooks are typically made of brass and are used in sets of four. These hooks thread onto the hanger straps on your panniers and can then hook to the hoops on your Decker Pack Saddle. With Decker hooks you do not have to lift your pannier as high or for as long and you can attach panniers more quickly to Decker Pack Saddles.
Our Decker Pack Saddles are Russ’ preferred choice because of their quality, versatility and design.
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