Personally I have never ridden a trooper that I liked...at all!! I rode one once that was dang near brand new and it was the absolute most sore I've ever been on a horse. If you get one, I'd get one that is already really well busted in (not broken in, busted in!!
) On the other side, I've never jumped on a Tucker Endurance that didn't feel great whether just "off the rack" or been thru some miles. I'm seeing more and more folks, several long time trooper style die hards, opting now for endurance saddles. Personally, I've always felt troopers to be more of a field trial fad than the best tool for the job...but that's based solely on my seat of the pants judgement!!
I bought my wife's and my Tucker endurance saddles used at pretty decent discounts from new price. Took them to Meridian Saddle and had him put 3" western stirrup leathers with half twist to hold them just right vs. the 1" floppers that they came with...added a couple pairs of his custom hooded stirrups and they're a couple sweet rides!! Got about 6 years on mine I think and a couple on the Mrs.
JR says "I like 'em!!"