Originally Posted by DuckDodgers
For what it's worth, I haven't had any of these issues with my wintec, though it is the "equisuede" material. You can tell where the stirrup leathers lie, but if you brush the fabric then any marks will go away. Definitely no staining or discoloration, and I've actually found the seat to be fairly sticky. But... I've never ridden in any Wintecs other than those made of the equisuede or the much older, kind of canvasy fabric ones so I can't speak about the others. Not trying to change your mind, just pointing out that even in the brand there can be huge differences!
I think the Equisuede was the better thought out of their products lol. Because the one I had wasn't their super old style but whatever the stuff is they're making now without the suede type seats. So it was SLICK. Plus it wasn't the black it was the light caramel brown - no hiding those stains.
The equisuede style seats I actually did consider when I was looking for a new saddle way back when I sold my first Wintec. It wasn't horrible
- there certainly are worst saddles - but I couldn't get over the "chunky" feeling of it (I rode in a Courbette Royale for years with no knee blocks) and the fact it always seemed to roll no matter what. Then all the crap I heard about the CAIR system... I just decided to stick with a nice leather saddle LOL.