Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
Really nice show tack is usually dizzyingly expensive, regardless of the discipline.
I'd love to have a Butet or Antares, but I can't afford either one. I've had to settle for Crump and Wintec. Both decent, comfortable saddles, but neither cost what a better made saddle would. For the type of riding I do, I can't justify the expense.
It's not an 'American thing', it's a worldwide one. The more advanced you go in a discipline, the more you ride. The more you ride, the more you need a comfortable, extremely well made saddle.
If you paid roughly $800 American for your saddle, it's probably decently made. Anything from $500-$800 is normal for a good, middle of the road saddle.