I have been riding on the same stock saddle that came with my Infinito for over two years now and really haven’t given it too much thought, which is odd since we cyclists have a fairly intimate relationship with our seats!
Well, it’s time for an upgrade and payday is in a little over 2 weeks. I am turning my attention to the overwhelmingly complicated subject of saddle choice. I think that, since we all have different shapes ‘down there’, saddle preference is quite a subjective thing. One that fits you fine might make me lose all feeling where I really should have some. Therefore, I won’t ask you for your opinion on specific saddles (although I will welcome them anyway), but I would like to know what you all think about the ‘slit, no slit’ controversy. Here’s what I’m talking about. This is my current saddle – the Fizik Aliante.
No frills, flat-ish surface. Next is one of the saddles I’m thinking about, the Fizik Antares 00. Still flat (much flatter, in fact than my Aliante, which slopes right from the center.
But I’m getting off track. Following are two saddles from Selle Italia, the Tekno and the Tekno Super Flow. The first one looks like it has a bit of a groove for your sensitive bits, while the Super Flow is totally ‘open air’. Surprisingly, the 1st is lighter than the 2nd.
So as not to give too much press to the Italians, here’s a Specialized S-Works, with their version of ‘the slit’.
And a nice-looking one from Selle San Marco – the Aspide. These guys can’t decide whether they want a hole or not, it seems, so have gone with what looks like flood drain.
Here’s the thing, though. I only feel the pressure ‘down there’ after a few hours on the bike (the indoor trainer is the big exception here, since you are usually sitting). I am not sure how badly I need a gaping hole in my saddle, but I can be influenced easily, so those more educated than I, tell me the way it is!
And I haven’t even started to talk about ‘sit bones’, and how the distance between these things might affect the type of saddle I should buy. Like I said, it’s all a little overwhelming.
I wish Brooks made a saddle that was light enough for me – the one I have on my touring bike is the most comfortable thing in the world and will last me as long as I can still ride, I’ll bet. Unfortunately, horse leather only comes so light. The best Brooks can do is the B15 Swallow Titanium, at 370 grams, unacceptable for the weight weenie I seem to have become. It’s pretty though, isn’t it?