It seems everyone is using them. I never have tried one. But I’m thinking about trying a half pad.
Do you use them, and if so, why? Do they really provide much in the way of being therapeutic or beneficial? Or is it just a lot of trendy (& expensive) hype?
It seems like there are endless choices with the Mattes pads. I don’t know where to start. What’s the difference between the billet and PM system? What is holding the pad in place, if anything?
What is your saddlepad configuration with a Mattes half pad? Do you use a baby pad or regular square pad, or both, under the half pad to help keep it clean? Mattes sells a linen saddlepad for nearly $100, claiming it helps keep the sheepskin clean while helping to maximize the benefits of the sheepskin. Is this just a load of hooey or would any thin pad do the same?
Regarding fit… is the Mattes pad thick enough that it would make an otherwise well-fitting saddle too snug? Or is it not enough to interfere?
I look forward to your input.