Microfiber Touring Saddle, Wide
Here's a vegan-friendly saddle designed for folks who keep their handlebars at or above saddle height. The idea was to make a wider and lightweight saddle that feels something like suede and has a classic appearance thanks to a microfiber top. In addition, there are loops for a saddlebag.
At 165mm wide it's about the same width as a VO Model 3 or Brooks B17 leather saddle. But this is somewhat deceptive because there are no rivets or a flaring leather "skirt." So the sitting area is comparable to a slightly wider leather model. At 425gm the weight is significantly less than that of a modern leather saddle. Length is 282mm, about the same as a Model 3.
The microfiber's texture keeps you from sliding around and it's weather resistant. The body is thermo-plastic with a layer of high density foam. The rails are chromoly.
Super grippy seat, wish it had slightly more foam padding, but overall super nice for the price. The customer service from Velo Orange has been great, and I appreciate them looking out for their customers (they sent a wrong colored version to me before, but sent me the correct one when they were notified). I will definitely be buying from them again, and they’ve got some great products. Thanks VO! It's a little darker than what the brown seat shows, btw.
Feels perfect, looks great, reasonable price, cruelty free and bag loops! What’s not to love? Thank you!
My butt & legs to get fatigued on touring-sized leather saddles about 20-30 miles in so I though I would give this saddle a try: I'm a tall, heavy person and leather tends to stretch with my sit-bones resting on the metal frame, or foam gets quickly compressed and worn out.
60 miles in and this saddle is great! I ride with my bars about 1" below the saddle. Comfortable from the get-go and stayed comfortable hours and miles later on multiple rides. The foam is very dense, downright firm, and seems very resilient. It's a nice alternative to leather saddles, and the lack of a deep leather apron means the arteries in the back of my leg don't get compressed and I don't tire as quickly. While I'm accustomed to slippery saddles, I like the grip of the microfiber as I have a tendency to slide forward given my preferred saddle tilt and this counteracts that.
I am looking forward to trying the narrower version for my more aggressive drop-bar bike!
As the title says, the sizing is right. The saddle looks good and feels good but only as long as I stay in the same spot. I like to move around in my saddle and the microfibre material makes me stick to my bike more than I would like. I would have preferred brown and smooth but only the black smooth saddle was stocked at the time.
Now it just sits in my parts bin and I went back to my 10 year old Terry saddle.