Many cyclists spend a lot of time looking at various saddles. Will this one be more comfortable? Does lighter always mean less comfort? Hundreds of millions of dollars are made by companies who profit from promising you less pain and a more enjoyable ride . . . and many accomplish that, sort of. No, there is no ONE brand of saddle out there that fits everyone. Everyone is different in how they ride and their physical makeup. Side note: it is also very important to remember that if you do not ride often you will never really feel comfortable in any saddle.
For years I stayed with the Selle Italia Flight saddle. It is a good saddle with a long tradition. However, not too long ago, the owner of Arnold’s Bike Shop asked me if I had ever tried Fabric saddles, an English-owned saddle company. I told him I would give it a shot and slapped one on. Cutting to the chase, it was immediately noticeable or rather NOT noticeable. I will explain. Here is the upshot of my best way to explain it: I forgot about it. I tested it the first time on a 65-mile group ride. It has been my experience that somewhere around 40 miles the shifting in the saddle begins . . . okay that is better . . . 20 more miles . . . shifting . . . and on and on. When I say that I forgot about this saddle, I mean that I actually forgot about it; which is the best compliment you can give a saddle.
Fabric saddles accomplished something unique that sets their design apart. Mostly, if not all the other brands of saddles, have a cover stretched over some kind of foam that is stapled or glued underneath. This causes instability, pressure points and the foam eventually gives out. With Fabric, a three-part construction method bonds a single piece of foam directly to the base. A much softer foam is used, because it is not under the tension created by the cover. Simple but ingenious. Now, every one of my bikes are equipped with Fabric saddles.
A person would think that Fabric, having discovered and reinvented the design of the bike saddle, would hang a huge price tag on the concept. Not so fast, my friend. I was shocked by the price, if not floored. A quick look at the prices specifically, the high-end carbon saddle is only $180! From there, the titanium saddles are in the $105 area, and they go on from there to $47 for the “sport” model. Fabric’s website has a vast array of designs to fit most any riding style . . . not butt. Also, any authorized Fabric dealer has a nice “test saddle” section. You can try a one out for a bit, switch to another or make a purchase. Give one a go. Your butt will thank you.
pictures from https://fabric.cc/technology/