Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~
As well as being obnoxiously bouncy, because the pressure is "evenly" distributed the panels will conform to the horses body and slide around so you have to crank the girth up...
That doesn't describe my experience. I don't like CAIR panels, but the girth pressure is no different than what I use with my Aussie saddles. I don't know if my horses tall withers make a difference. I also never rode them in a demanding sport - have a jump saddle, but have always ridden it for flats only, and fairly undemanding flats at that.
I have only ridden it a few times in the last year...I've been drifting west for several years, and now ride more with a Circle Y than anything else. But if I ever go back to riding English, I'll get the panels stuffed. I agree that it is a money-making gimmick, not a real advance in saddle technology.