So I bought this saddle today that I found at a yard sale a few weeks ago and the lady was nice enough to hold it for me until I got paid. When I first saw it, I didn't look too closely at it (I know, I know, stupid me) other than to see that it looked in good shape, was the right size for me and appeared to be the right size for Aires, and was extremely lightweight.
Well, I went and picked it up today and I just have to say that I'm more than slightly disappointed. Turns out that it's synthetic (but not nylon) and has a suede seat. The thing is so light that it weighs less than my Stubben Siegfried.
Someone replaced the latigo on the near side with what looks like a leather flank strap for a back cinch, while the off-billet is cheap nylon. It fits Aires ok, but it pops up 1.5-2" in the back, even when not cinched (you'll see what I mean in the pics). I didn't even bother trying to ride in it.
So I took a few pics when I got home. I'm hoping someone can give me an idea of the brand and/or value of this saddle. I paid $150 for it, as is, and the lady included a decent enough fleece and wool pad with it (wool inside am fleece-lined). It's in pretty good shape, there's a couple of deeper scuffs by one of the holes for one of the back cinches, and the suede seat is a little stained, but the tree is sound. I texted the lady and asked her if she would take it back since it doesn't fit Aires (not really with the back popping up), but she hasn't answered me yet.
And then I found this one on Craigslist. It looks like it might be wide enough for the beast. I'm going to look at it tomorrow afternoon. Does $150 seem like a decent price for it, based on the pics? It's just so hard to find a 17" seat around here.