from what Ive read, a narrower seat can be more comfy. so long as its not to narrow. all I know is its alot more comfy than the ol stocker. alot. mine measures about 14 at its widest point.
not sure about the pricing, just that saddleman is listing the retail price.
I know saddleman is a pleasure to do business with. the first seat I got, the stitching that goes along th eside to the back was off center. noticably. I called them and they said send it back, they'd be happy to replace it. they called me when they recieved it and were very appoligetic (sp?) saying that that seat should never have left the building, and reinbersed me for shipping. I would buy from them again.