The Fizik Arione K1 is the next iteration of the Arione saddle introduced in 2003. With the twin goals of lighter weight and comfort, the K1 looks like a step in the right direction for the weight obsessive who seeks comfort.

Weighing a claimed 149g, the K1 has a thin layer of shock-absorbing gel padding to keep the weight down. Braided carbon rails, as first seen on last year?s Arione, support the saddle with their new modular rails following the curve of the rear of the saddle rather than terminating at the back as before.

The Technogel cover is bonded to the carbon seat but it remains to be seen how this will cope with sustained use. The tried and tested Wing Flex system also stays, to add to the comfort factor.

It?s not cheap though ? expect to pay £249.99.

Contact: Extra UK, www.extrauk.co.uk