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  • Best Saddles for Hunting? - 2023 Guide

    May 24, 2023 7 min read

    Best Saddles for Hunting? - 2023 Guide

    2023 Buyers Guide for Best Saddles

    The world of hunting has witnessed an unparalleled revolution since the first introduction of hunting saddles in the 1960s. With an ever-increasing demand for reliable, comfortable, and adjustable hunting gear, the saddle market has transformed and adapted to offer some of the most versatile solutions for contemporary hunters. At the heart of this evolution, Trophyline®  has carved a niche for itself, setting the gold standard in hunting saddles and creating a legacy that outshines many.

    Trophyline's®  primary objective, since its inception, has always been to design a quality product that ensures the hunter remains both mobile and safe during the pursuit of their game. This commitment is reflected in the impressive range of saddles they've developed over the years, with a particular emphasis on the needs of hunters, Comfort, Adjustability, Customization, Mobility, Weight, Dependability, and above all, Safety. Let’s dive into the factors you should consider when finding the best saddle in 2023:

    Video: Deciding on a new saddle or an upgrade to your current saddle hunting setup? Robert from Trophyline ®  walks you through a a detailed guide on what saddle might be best for you.

    Comfort- This factor is slightly subjective and also obvious. Can you sit in your saddle all day? Is it comfortable? Does it support you in all the right places and eliminate things like hip pinch?

    Adjustability/Customization- You want to be able to streamline the saddle to your individual figure. Can you adjust it to fit your body? Are the Pouches and attachment points easy to reach? Are there enough places to attach your needed accessories?

    Mobility-  Can you wear your saddle when walking in miles deep? Is it cumbersome? Loud? Or too bulky to get into your hunting zone stealthily and comfortably?

    Weight - At the end of the day you’re either wearing or packing a saddle in, and if it seems too heavy or bulky you won’t take it. Weight is one of the largest contributing factors for a lot of people diving into saddle hunting, so it is in the list of considerations. Too heavy? Too Light? Goldilocks zone?

    Dependability- What materials are used to build the saddle and how were they tested? This is the actual physical construction of the saddle. Will it break, rip or come apart? Or was it all built to stay together.

    Safety- Safety factors are the features built into the saddle, separate linemans loops, bridge loops, leg straps, fully adjustable belts. These are the things that keep you safe in the tree and should be looked at when considering your safety in a saddle.

    Saddle Hunting - It's a System Not Just a Saddle 

    Today, saddle hunting is no longer just about having a simple piece of gear. It's about creating an integrated system that molds to your specific hunting style and scenario, providing an unparalleled level of adjustability and customization. A saddle is the pivot point around which your hunting experience revolves, and Trophyline®  understands this better than anyone.

    Whether you are walking through the woods or packing your saddle in your backpack, mobility plays a critical role. With the relaunch and introduction of the renowned Ambush saddle (which is no longer available), Trophyline®   redefined the standards of mobility and safety. The Ambush saddle was a leap forward in design and technology, merging comfort and convenience seamlessly, thus simplifying the hunt and making it more efficient.

    Continuing our commitment to innovation, Trophyline®   has launched new additions to our saddle range, such as the Covert Lite 2.0, the Covert Pro 2.0 , and the Venatic. Each of these models has been designed keeping in mind the varying demands of hunters, from the beginner to the veteran. All three models have been rigorously third-party tested, ensuring they uphold the highest standards of safety and quality that Trophyline is synonymous with.

    Covert Lite 2.0 Saddle & Kit

    Comfort- The Covert Lite has a slightly taller design for better lower back support, cupping underneath you and all day comfort.

    Adjustability/Customization- With Two rows of Molle attachment system and a more rigid nylon center strap the Covert Lite 2.0 is very customizable for fit and comfort. The mesh design allows it to be breathable for all-day comfort.  Some like to hang their accessories high on the saddle and others like to hang them low. We give you choices.

    Mobility- The Covert lite 2.0 is light enough to wear it walking miles. With adjustable leg straps, waistband and pull tabs, a hunter can move whatever they want to where ever they want for maximum versatility when on the move.

    Weight - With it’s overbuilt, bombproof construction the Covert Lite 2.0 is still a very light 3 Lbs with pouches included. Compare that to just about any other saddle and note that all of these features come with minimum weight penalty.

    Dependability- With Trophyline’s stringent testing processes you can climb with confidence. The nylon webbing and mesh material are complimented with high quality fastners, buckles and hardware.

    Safety- Both Coverts boast fully adjustable leg straps, waist belt and separate linemans and bridge loops. The quality is built into the safety features, each stitch and attachment point has safety at the core of every single Trophyline Treesaddle.

     Sizing:                                          Pricing :

    M/L: waist size 28-37                    Covert Lite 2.0 Saddle Only $219.99

    L/XL: waist size 38 – 44+              Covert Lite 2.0 Kit, 2 pouches and ropes $349.99

    300 lbs weight capacity

     Covert Pro 2.0 Saddle & Kit

     

    Comfort- The Covert Pro has a slightly taller design for better lower back support, cupping underneath you and all day comfort.

     

    Adjustability/Customization- With Two rows of Molle attachment system and a more rigid nylon center strap the Covert Pro 2.0 is very customizable for fit and comfort. The Mossy Oak Bottomland, Brushed, Windstopping Fabric design allows it to be impervious to those cold weather sits for all-day comfort.  Some like to hang their accessories high on the saddle and others like to hang them low. We give you choices.

     

    Mobility- The Covert Pro 2.0 is light enough to wear it walking miles. With adjustable leg straps, waistband and pull tabs, a hunter can move whatever they want to where ever they want for maximum versatility when on the move.

     

    Weight - With it’s overbuilt, bombproof construction the Covert Pro 2.0 is still a very light 3.1 Lbs with pouches included. Compare that to just about any other saddle and note that all of these features come with a minimum weight penalty.

     

    Dependability- With Trophyline’s stringent testing processes, you can climb with confidence. The nylon webbing and wind stopping material are complimented with high-quality fastners, buckles, and hardware.

     

    Safety- Both Coverts boast fully adjustable leg straps, waist belts and separate linemen and bridge loops. The quality is built into the safety features. Each stitch and attachment point has safety at the core of every single Trophyline Treesaddle.

     

    Sizing:                                         Pricing:

    M/L: waist size 28-37                 Covert Pro 2.0  $219.99

     

    L/XL: waist size 38 – 44+           Covert Pro 2.0 Kit, 2 pouches and ropes $349.99

     

    300 lbs weight capacity

    Venatic Saddle & Kit

     

    Comfort- The Venatic...the bulky straps of saddles before it’s time are gone. Forget stiffness, comfort, pinching, or cramping. If you want a saddle that disappears and feels like it's not there, this is it.

    Adjustability/Customization- We reached out to Matthew Tompkins over at TX5 Custom Gear, to help collaborate on this saddle.We put a rubberized waistband on the Venatic to keep the saddle in position and keep your hunting layers from riding up.The Rigid rubber molle band is straight up TOUGH MOLLE that keeps its form and is easier to run gear out of.Durable yet pliable lineman loops designed to foldback preventing any snags on the hike in.

    Mobility- The Venatic sports A non-weight bearing strap that hooks into the rigid rubber molle, with loosened leg straps this allows the saddle to compress and stay off your legs for the hike in. Simply unhook and re-tighten leg straps before stepping foot off the ground.

    Weight - With it’s Ultralight Ripstop Fabric Construction the Venatic tips the scale sub 2 lbs with overall weights of  20 oz for saddle (without the bridge), 30 oz (includes bridge/carabiner),

    Dependability- 100% USA Made, the Venatic Saddle is made from ultralight ripstop fabric, a rugged, silent, breathable and quick dry material. The bulky straps of saddles before it’s time are gone, we cut the width of straps down on the supports without sacrificing strength.

    Safety- The Venatic is feature packed with some of the best safety functions on the market, Raptor Waist and leg strap buckles, Ultralight Ripstop Fabric Construction, Rigid Rubber Molle Band, Two bands of additional Molle, Saddle Compression Hook, Durable Foldback lineman loops, Adjustable Waist Buckle and Band Position all make for the safest saddle experience.


    Sizing:                                         Pricing: 

    M/L: waist size 28-38                 Venatic (Brown/Black)  $299.99

     

    L/XL: waist size 39 – 44+           Venatic Kit, Techcore Ropes and Pouch $479.99

     

    300 lbs weight capacity

     

     What sets Trophyline® apart in the saturated market is not just the unparalleled quality and safety of our products but also our keen understanding of the hunter’s needs. We know that every hunter develops their unique system over time, and their gear range is designed to seamlessly blend with these systems, whether it involves ropes, accessories, or other saddle gear.

    In conclusion, choosing a Trophyline® saddle is more than just picking a piece of hunting gear. It's about selecting a reliable partner that prioritizes your safety, respects your hunting style, and enhances your hunting experience. From the early days of the Ambush saddle to the latest Covert Lite 2.0, Covert Pro 2.0, and Venatic, Trophyline's® journey has been a testament to our unwavering commitment to quality, safety, and hunter satisfaction. It's time to experience mobile hunting...Saddle Up™ and hang with the best with Trophyline®.

     

     


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