A friend of mine lost her supracor - it was in a smooth cover - wiggled itself right out from under her saddle while she was riding in the woods - didn't notice it until several miles later and could never find it again - she looked for DAYS. That was bad luck!
I too, have a hard time letting go of $$ for expensive pads - I want to know they will last for 10 years. But another endurance friend of mine who made it to the WEG long list last year SWEARS by hers - she says things change after the first 50 miles of a 100 - suddenly your saddle, pad, etc don't work as good as you thought and problems start to show up thru your horse's way of going. She switched to a supracor and hasn't looked back for a few years now.
My very basic 'fall back to' pad is the woolbacks (Toklat) with the shims (or without) - can fit just about any horse or saddle (you can have them custom made for under $150). Never rode on one past a 25vr, but they work great for everyday use, last for a decade and wash up in the washer quite nicely. Toklat Woolback Saddle Pads
Yes Jillybean, I want a specialized saddle too! It's been something on my wishlist for a couple of years now.
here is another pad I've been considering as well - anyone heard of this? It has various shims as well. https://www.thedistancedepot.com/Mat.../fth-tmeew.htm