Originally Posted by LeosAmericanShadow
personally I don't like the quality of Wintec saddles. Buying a wintec for 500 bucks versus buying a collegiate or stuben for 800 or up is not a good bet. Leather saddles will last you longer than synthetic with proper care :)
Unless you're talking used, Stubbens aren't anywhere near
$800.00 new. Think at least $1,500.00, and that's for their low end saddles.
You can get a Collegiate new for around $800.00, but again, the higher end ones will cost you more.
There's nothing wrong with Wintecs. It's merely personal preference and some snob appeal going on when people say they just MUST HAVE a leather saddle over a synthetic.
I've had both leather and Wintec saddles over the years. All of them have lasted as long as the other. It's all in how you take care of them, not from what they're made.
I'm not a fan of Collegiates, but I wouldn't turn down a nice Stubben as long as it fit my horse and me.
Of course, I can't see any reason to pay a boatload of money for a Charles Owen or whatever the helmet-of-the-day is, when I can get the same safety rating on one that costs 2/3 less, so I don't get the whole trying to one up everyone else.
Doesn't matter what something costs as long as it works the way it's supposed to, and it fits you and your horse.