With the sun finally shining and we’re itching to ride our bicycles! One thing we don’t like is a sore derriere so we’ve rigorously tested a selection of the best women’s saddles to bring you a guide to what to go for.
The Charge ‘Ladle’ is fantastic value and outperforms it’s bargain £26.99 price tag. Despite having no ‘cut out’, this simple looking is exceptionally comfortable, the basic foam padding providing ample support. An adaptation of the award winning Charge ‘Spoon’, the increased width at the rear is designed to perfectly accomodate a women’s wider seat bones. An absolute bargain though it’s a shame a leather version is not available.
Charge Ladle. RRP £26.99
The X2 Gel-Flow from Selle Italia is an affordable, durable seat which took little time to wear in. The younger sister of the ‘Diva Gel-Flow’ this saddle has a waterproof synthetic upper in place of the full grain leather on the more expensive model. The rear of the saddle gently flexes giving you great comfort over long rides. We found this only marginally less comfortable than the ‘Diva Gel-Flow which considering the price difference make this a good buy.
X2 Gel-Flow from Selle Italia. W 140 x L 257 Weight 280g. RRP £39.99
We can’t fault the supremely comfortable Dive Gel Flow saddle from Selle Italia. The winning point has to be the silicon inserts surrounding the generous cut out, making it an absolute pleasure to use for rides of all lengths, no matter your riding style or position. We put in some serious miles on this saddle and cannot recommend it highly enough. A carbon composite shell and breathable full grain leather along with Selle’s ‘Elastomer suspension shock absorber system’ puts this saddle ahead of the pack.
Dive Gel Flow from Selle Italia. W 160 x L 265. Weight: 265g. RRP £79.99
The Ruby Expert by Specialized is an ultralight performance saddle featuring a carbon reinforced shell for solid support. A relatively firm upper is ideally suited to the more agressive road rider whilst the long titanium rails give the option to fine tune saddle your placement and adopt different riding positions as you roll. A big selling point is the choice of three widths, enabling the rider to choose a perfect fit and thus ensuring your seat bones are perfectly placed to take advantage of the supportive gel padding.
Ruby Expert from Specialized. Available in widths of 130, 143 and 155mm. 205g for the 143mm model RRP £79.99
The ‘Lithia Gel Comp is a real all rounder, equally able to support you on the road or blasting along the trails. A well thought out shape, slim enough in the front to avoid chafing yet wide enough at the back to ensure your weight is perfectly distributed, however we did find this saddle a little on the firm side.
Litha Gel Comp from Specialized. Widths of 143 and 155mm. RRP £40