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We know saddles are a personal preference so instead of assuming something is going to work for you we'll instead hit you with the details of the Man Gel Flow Saddle from Selle Italia and let you decide if it's what you're after. It's designed for the male anatomy and the saddle's dimensions are 151mm wide and 275mm long. That's a touch wider than the average racing saddle offering a little more support especially for those with wider sit bones. Underneath its full-grain leather cover is some additional padding, again relative to the typical racing saddle, for increased comfort over those longer rides.
The Flow anatomic cut out helps relieve pressure on the areas of soft tissue, helping reduce numbness, and allows for greater flexibility at the nose of the saddle, while the thin layer of silicone gel adds a touch more comfort over rougher roads. Further defense against road vibrations comes from the shock absorption system placed between the rails and the shell. Finally, the rails are constructed out of chromoly and manganese alloy for a little more tuned flex and helps to get the saddle in at 285-grams, impressive given the amount of comfort features instilled in it.
- Men's specific saddle with a pressure-reducing cutout
- Gel inserts and shock absorbers reduce vibration
- The leather cover is soft and durable
- Extra padding adds comfort on longer rides
- Item #SEL003F
- Q & A
Comfy at a great price
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I needed a new saddle to replace the one that came on my Raleigh Tripper. After debating between a few on sale I decided to try this one and I'm glad I did. Some might see the 151 width and immediately look elsewhere, but give it a second look first.
This saddle is supportive but yet comfortable. I'm on the big side (6'0, 230lbs.) and this works well for me. Using the at-home damp paper method my sit bones actually measure out to me using a saddle in the 140 width range.
I hate putting saddles on bikes. As a side benefit the cutout in the middle of the saddle made installing it much easier as I was able to see the bolts from the top and hold things in place better while tightening everything down.
Other saddles that I like, and use on my other bikes, are the WTB Rocket and Specialized Rival 143. So far I like this one the best of the three.