Manufacturer: Wintec (View all products by Wintec)
Model: 500 Close Contact (View all Close Contact 500 reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I bought this saddle 6 months ago from my local saddlery (Newmarket Saddlery). I wanted a cheap, synthetic (I have bad allergies and need a saddle I can just hose off) jumping saddle for training and local competitions. I paid $719.95 (Australian $$'s) fully mounted with genuine Wintec webbers, safety irons and elastic girth.
Likes: I love the cut of the saddle, very forward. The seat is very flat and I find this very comfortable when jumping and working on the flat. It is a great looking saddle, lots of people comment on how formal it looks. It puts me in a nice position over fences and has a "stickiness" so I feel comfortable at any height. So easy to clean and light weight even when fully mounted.
Dislikes: I don't like the fact that it is made in Vietnam. I have another Wintec AP which I have had for over 10 years that was made in Australia, I just don't see this saddle lasting that long. I am also a little concerned with the webbers, they are already showing signs of wear along the sides, but they are very comfortable, no lumps under my thighs :)
Quality: Great quality so far and it is surviving really well after 6 months of heavy use. Still looks brand new.
Summary: I would recommend this saddle for anyone with bad allergies. Also for anyone on a budget, you will get a good quality leather look synthetic without the leather price tag ;)
Usefulness Rating: 3.06667 out of 5.
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