Wintec 500 Close Contact Saddle CAIR

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Product Summary:

Wintec 500 Close Contact with CAIR


A hard-wearing, leather-look, close contact jump saddle, suited for riders who prefer greater freedom of movement in the seat. Ideal for developing a strong, balanced jumping position.  The EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution is exclusive to Bates and Wintec.  EASY-CHANGE Individual Gullets are available to purchase in the following sizes, Narrow, Medium Narrow, Medium, Medium Wide, Wide and Extra Wide.  Saddles arrive with a Medium gullet installed.  The EASY-CHANGE Riser System allows you to make adjustments within the saddle panel for the optimal balance and clearance.  EASY-CHANGE Risers are sold separately. 

·         Flat seat

·         CAIR Cushion System provides significant performance advantages in the way it uses air technology to distribute the rider’s weight and cushions your horse’s back

·         EASY-CHANGE Gullet System, select the optimal gullet width for the horse’s current shape and muscling

·         EASY-CHANGE Riser System, make adjustments within the saddles panel for the optimal balance and clearance

·         The Equi-Leather grip panel is an exceptionally head wearing synthetic material which has a smooth leather-look finish

·         Drop panel points


Item Specifications:



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Style Item Number Model Number UPC
16.5 Black SLT733607 1650 BLK WJC50CCXXXBLK42 9329100000002
16.5 Brown SLT733607 1650 BRN WJC50CCXXXBRN42 9329100000002
17 Black SLT733607 1700 BLK WJC50CCXXXBLK43 9329100000002
17 Brown SLT733607 1700 BRN WJC50CCXXXBRN43 9329100000002
17.5 Black SLT733607 1750 BLK WJC50CCXXXBLK44 9329100000002
17.5 Brown SLT733607 1750 BRN WJC50CCXXXBRN44 9329100000002
Additional Information:

Wintec Limited Warranty


Bates guarantees the Wintec range of saddles for a period of two years against faulty materials, or workmanship. Further, the Elastiflex tree in your saddle is guaranteed against breakage for the lifetime of the saddle deemed to be 10 years* (5 years for the Wintec Western saddle). The warranty on a Wintec saddle and its components are subject to use under normal conditions. The warranty card should be retained by the purchaser, along with the original receipt as the retailer will require it should warranty work be required. Saddles which require a repair under warranty should ideally be returned to the reseller from which they were purchased. Associated shipping costs are the owner’s responsibility.


If you are at all concerned that your saddle may be faulty in any way, please return the saddle to the reseller from which you purchased it, so they may assess your saddle. Should warranty work be required the reseller will require the warranty card along with the original purchase receipt. Associated transport costs are the owner’s responsibility.

Product Reviews by Customers

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Great Saddle
This saddle has held up great for the past year. My trainer recommended the wintec pro jump pro, however when you have to girls that ride and two saddle to buy I chose the 500. After getting it our trainer was impressed, not only at the quality but also position it put my girls in. This is the perfect saddle for hunters or 3 day. My girls have shown in it and they clean up very easy just wipe them down. Great for kids, because they dont require a lot of maintenance, and it can be fitted to any horse they my get with a simple change gullet. Highly recommended, and mom approved.
March 14, 2012
i need to know what color this saddle is
June 12, 2011
Amazing saddle
I bought a Bates Next Generation Elevation 3 months prior to buying this saddle, but I was shocked to find both my horses changed gullet sizes so they were no longer used the same gullet (man this system works)! So I needed two saddles....this was the right price and looked like a similar model to my elevation, and boy have I been pleasantly surprised! My fiance took over riding his horse, and I got into endurance racing, and the elevation now sits on the shelf while I primarily use the wintec. In the 10 months I've had it I've logged 75 miles in endurance racing competition, all in the wintec. It barely looks used, helps me stay in the right position, I don't worry riding in the rain, and my horse's back is never sore. Love this saddle!
June 10, 2011
What a deal!
I got this saddle because I ride a wide variety of horses for different people, not all of which ride english. A friend of mine had the previous version of this saddle and I tried it out then bought this one. It has been wonderful! I will say that it is slightly too high in the front no mater what horse I am riding so I had to purchase a riser pad but otherwise I have no complaints. I know other people who have Wintecs and they have the same problem.
April 20, 2011
I loved this saddle! It's to small for me now but I'm looking forward to buying a new 1. defenitly my fav saddle. :)
May 17, 2010
Love it!!!
I have used this saddle many times at my trainers barn and hope to buy one soon. would recommend it to anyone!!
April 3, 2010
Best thing ever!
I got this saddle when my TB was 3 and wanted the easy change gullet system so I could change it as he grew. I absolutely LOVE this saddle, it's comfy for me and him and the gullet system works great even when I have to change it and ride other horses. I have a show saddle that sits most of the time looking nice but THIS one is soooo cumfy and still looks sharp :)
February 3, 2010
Great and Comfortable Saddle
This is one heck of a great saddle. It's the first English saddle I've owned that fit me and my Arabian and I paid way less for it than I did for the ones that didn't fit. I feel very secure in the seat and just love how it holds me in. My horse moves through all of her gaits smoothly and without getting excited. Can't recommend enough. You can buy a Bates but you'll pay more than twice as much for essentially the same saddle minus the leather. You wouldn't even know this isn't leather and it's so much easier to take care of. The changeable gullet system is the icing on the cake.
July 22, 2009
unexpectedly amazing
I thought this saddle was a gross color, but in fact the color is darker and the saddle is amazing. I used it at the stables I get lessons from and could only tell it was a wintec because of the billet. The "leather" is amazing and I'm hoping my mom will buy it for me soon! Great saddle!
July 16, 2009
Awsome Saddle
I got this saddle a in December of '08 and its Summer of '09 and it's absolutly in great shape! I ride a Warmblood and it fits her great! Sweat and mud comes off very easily with the cleaner. Very comfortable. Overall a great saddle.
June 3, 2009
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Can you jump using this saddle?
Analie S on Jul 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is designed for both flatwork and jumping.
is the colour of the saddle black?
Claire on Jul 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No, this saddle is brown.
Can you show in a wintec saddle? At what level of show will they take points off?
Margie on Apr 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Do to shows standard we would refer you to ask your show master.
How much does the saddle weigh? The shipping weight is 29 lbs., but how much of that is the saddle?
Alice L on Feb 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The actual weight of this item is 12 pounds.
What color is this saddle?
Margie on Feb 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This product only comes in brown