Bates seems expensive and honestly I haven't been impressed by the quality in the last few years. Collegiate is now offering the same system in their eventing saddle (by far the cheapest) but I feel wrong all around in their eventing saddle... not deep enough for dressage (and I have a dressage saddle) and not right for XC/SJ.
So that being said, I'm considering an M. Toulouse Marielle and the Circuit Victory. Originally I was only looking at the M.Toulouse but the sticker shock has kept me considering other options... Circuit has just introduced RTF (rotate to fit) gullet system. It seems very similar to the MT Genesis system for a much cheaper price.
I have ridden in a Marielle a few times and know Primo loves it... but really it's 500 out of my price range. I could probably afford it by the end of the summer, but that would leave me just doing dressage instead of eventing.
Anyone have thoughts on either? I want to make a run to Dover to sit in the Circuit saddle and maybe to a trial as it fits within my budget by the end of April (thank you tax return).