I test rode a collegiate and was quite impressed! It didn't suit my hard to fit horse though :P
My first saddle was a wintec. It did the job for almost 2 years before I traded it in. In my opinion its a good starter saddle.
I think the Wintecs are great first time saddle. I still keep one at home for training the babies in. Great to have when they decide to play, its not my nice saddle that gets scratched or even wrecked.
Tho I wouldnt buy one because I prefer leather, the new synthetic saddles are pretty nice looking, most you can barely tell it is synthetic.