I agree 100%. I have ridden in a wintec, and the ballance piont is way oof then a regular sadlles. The only way it will feel normal is if ou have beenn riding in wintecs our whole life! LOL, and although it is cheeper, you are getting only what you pay for, lol andit does have a slipp factor.
I agree. Get used,as long as the leather of the used saddle is not so old that it is stiff or gummy, then it will just be broken in for you a head of time, LOL! And yes, the bates is more expensive, but shop around!look at batesaustralia.com to choose what you want.. don't mnd the price.. you will find it for cheeper! Lol try local tack shops amazon.com ebay.com and also, alot of websites that sell horses like isoldmyhorse.com ( it hink, but just as an exap) also have a sell used tack section.
But hey, some people really like wintecs, and you can wear them anywhere! Rain, snow they are yours! So do what you think is best, just explore all the options first!