HOW TO MEASURE A SADDLE SEAT
HOW TO PROPERLY MEASURE A SADDLE SEAT
To properly measure your saddle seat you need to do it in two places. The first is from the base of the horn to the stitching which is called the "tree size" and is what most saddle companies use as a standard measurement on all saddles. When a saddle company states a seat size it is actually a "tree size" they are measuring and they are measuring a bare tree with no leather or padding on it yet. .
The most important measurement I find to be is the actual seat size that is from the base of the horn to the front side of the padding which is the measuremnt most riders want to know as it is the actual amount of room the rider has to sit in. Most saddles are padded 1/2" or more, so knowing both is crucial as many saddle trees are significantly different then the seat size as some saddles may be padded 1" - 3" or more for smaller riders.