Rido produce saddles with a unique shape, designed to take pressure away from the perineum. This special edition is considerably more expensive and about half the weight of any other saddle they produce, at a tiny 115g. The carbon shell looks like murder but it’s fantastic in a road set-up, with curves that put you in a higher position than we’re used to. It’s on the tri bars we struggled, as it’s so slim at the nose there’s nowhere to actually rest your sit bones. If you’re a short-course racer with an unfussy behind it’s worth looking into, but otherwise the LTX is for road-racing only. Consider Rido’s highly-rated standard RLt saddle with some more width and padding if you like the shape, plus it’s less than £65.
Verdict Innovative and light, but not great in TT position 71%
This stubby saddle from Prologo is another that’s full of tri features, such as a ‘perineal area system’ (PAS) to stop numbness in the pelvic area, a flat shape to prevent minimal sliding movements and a hook to attach to transition racks. We weighed it at 275g, 16g more than claimed. The rails are a lightweight aluminium, which is all very well but over £200 is a big spend with no carbon rails (for that you’d have to pay £279.99). Even so the saddle performs well in the TT position, with a good wide nose you can rotate around nicely with a firm yet adequately padded shell. Yet, at around the same price as Fizik’s Mistica, with a similar shape and heavier, it wouldn’t be our top choice at this price point. i-ride.co.uk
Verdict A big spend,but it’s a good choice for tri 78%
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The Shot Dynamic from Selle San Marco has a streamlined shape for a tri saddle, but it has a fairly thick nose and sizeable central channel for all-day ride comfort. We weighed it at 238g, which competes with many of the saddles here that are double the price. It has a front hook for rapid racking removal in transition, and the foam is counterbalanced with glass fibre underneath to add lightweight stiffness. Some might want something wider to match wider sit bones, but for most this’ll do the job if you’re not looking to spend over £100 for a quality saddle. It’s not an absolute showstopper, but the Shot Dynamic is a commendable, practical option and suitable for use on a road or triathlon bike. zyrofisher.co.uk
Verdict Well-built, tri-specific and sensibly priced 85%
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How we tested
To represent what the greatest number of triathletes will train and race on, we tried each saddle over 60km on a road bike with tri-bars attached. As some of the saddles on test aren’t tri-specific, we wanted to try each one in a standard position on the hoods, before putting in further efforts on the drops and aerobars and note the comparisons while riding. We then did some further testing on a dedicated tri bike, set up in an aggressive position, to really try out the tri-specific saddles right on the nose while giving all-out efforts. This included races from sprint up to 70.3 distance, plus training rides of 100km plus. Accessories such as bottle cage mounts were also assessed.
With a price range of £29.99 to over £300, there’s a variety of options in this test. Of the high-end bunch with carbon
rails, the PRO Aerofuel and Fizik Mistica both scored well, but the Mistica just edges it for all the useful add-ons and
great non-slip padding.
We were disappointed by the Selle Italia Iron Techno Flow. The shape might work for some, but it’s a big investment for a saddle that divides opinion. Rido’s LTX caught our attention and is a fascinating concept, but we’d struggle with it for long periods on the aerobars. We’d highly recommend PRO’s Aerofuel, the Fizik Mistica, ISM’s Adamo and the Selle San Marco Shot Dynamic.
Yet the overall winner is the Fabric Tri. It provides all of the comfort in both road and TT positions of saddles double the price or more, and it’s the one we feel would suit the largest cross-section of triathletes. Fabric offer a £139.99 carbon-railed version for a considerable 64g weight saving, or titanium rails for 8g less weight and a £15 levy.
As previously mentioned, have a fitting and find out what’s best for you instead of just looking for a deal online.