Originally Posted by SouthernTrailsGA
Good ones are expensive, generally over 1,500.00
The cheap brands (400.00-800.00) are not worth using.
I have talked to 30-40 people who have owned them, pretty much a tie, 50% love them and 50% thought they were good for target practice
I think your prices are a bit skewed - $1500 is premium and you can find good ones from around $800 and up. But you are right - the cheap ones can be dangerous and not secure. If you are buying treeless stick with the name brands - Bob Marshall, Barefoot, etc.
I have a Rebecca Underwood Softrider and love it. My husband just got his as well. I love my treeless but I also find the design of the softrider more secure than some of the other treeless saddles. In addition she in clues the proper pad with her saddles so you don't have to buy a separate pad like a skito.
There are treeless groups on FB and yahoo that are great places to get input from people who use these saddles on a daily basis - including several endurance riders.