Hi- I think I read a review once about avoiding the care panels but that was the only time. I am probably going to get a Wintec 2000 but I was going to try to find a pre-cair used saddle for that reason. www.horsetackreview.com
has some good reviews on it- I saw a few that were very favorable including this one:
2000 All Purpose saddle with CAIR
All Purpose Saddles
Model: 2000 All Purpose saddle with CAIR
Category: All Purpose Saddles
Purchase: I bought this saddle at our local feed store for $450 because I absolutely loved the build of this saddle.
Likes: This saddle is amazing in the fact that I can change out the gullet to fit many horses, because I ride several in a week. I love how this all purpose saddle is more conformed to be used for jumping or dressage, unlike the other cheaper models. The equisuede makes it easier in my fast-paced life to keep it clean also.
Dislikes: The only thing I really do not like is that the saddle does not look professional enough to show in.
Quality: The saddle is well put together with an interchangeable gullet system, CAIR panels that Do Not break down (compared to what other people have said), and a great warranty. I lost one of the screws that holds the gullet into the saddle, and the people of Wintec were so nice and sent me a couple, in case I ever lost anymore.
Summary: I absolutely love this saddle and will advise anyone that is thinking of purchasing a synthetic saddle, to definitely go for this one.
Usefulness Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Hope this helps!