While I'm waiting for black leather from the UK (they're taking longer than expected this time), I've done these simple but very effective reins. Dark havana leather, stainless steel buckle in the middle.
For me these are the real "ultimate" reins. Why?
- strongest design, ever. The weak point in every tack piece is usually represented by buckles: here there's a single buckle, placed in the exact place where they should break in case of problems, in the middle.
- cheapest design, ever. No rubber grips, no stainless steel snaps, no "standard" bit billets like hook or buckle ones (the most laborious part on reins)... but they're anyway provided of grip points.
- handiest design, ever. Easy to clean, 100% made in sturdy leather (no rubbers), lightweight, easy to open, no metal parts against bit rings.
They have definitely more "pros" than "cons", Oh yes, they cannot be used with a running martingale because they lack of rein stops... but I'm pretty sure it won't be so difficult to find a solution for that.
Really an "honest" pair of reins, further confirmation of "less is more" precept.