Okay, so I have been window-shopping for saddles while saving up. I've finally got some money stowed away, and while I will need to wait until after Christmas to have everything, I've brought my selections down to just a few things.
Okay, so when I tried saddles out at a tack store, the Collegiates fit me best out of Corbette, HDR, and Stubben. They didn't have a Bates for me to try. Out of the Collegiates, the Parfaire was best. I have found it in different places for $600-800 dollars. But, I have also heard that Bates are nice, and when I do get the chance to sit in them, I never want to get off. They are so comfortable. I have seen a few Bates Caprili CC that I would get that fall within the same range listed above.
So really what I am asking is for personal experiences. Doesn't have to be with the same model as listed above, of course, I was just wondering how people felt about Collegiate, and how people felt about Bates. How is the quality? Do they ride well? How do they hold up? Just your overall review of the two brands.
Also, I have a 17" right now. This is me sitting in it -
Do you think I could fit in a 17.5" okay? Other people I've asked said yes, I'd be good in a 17.5, but wanted more input.
Thank you all in advance!! :)