Mammakatja, I am totally with you about researching and researching and researching... I try to make an informed decision and considering how many choices of tack stuff there is out there, it drives me batty ;-D
I really like the reviews on the Diamond Wool pads and know people who think the world of them. Good luck with the new pad!
<gulp> I just bit the proverbial bullet and got a Impact Gel contoured barrel pad (CONTOUR 100% WOOL Pad.
) to go with our new saddle. I was looking for a 3/4" thickness, so that limited my choices. I was also lucky to find it for over $30 less than the price noted. I've had good luck with Impact Gel in the past and the saddle fitter I used this time around also recommended them for our horse.