Here's what you need to look for when buying a performance saddle and seven potentially perfect performance perches


Specialized Toupe Pro

Specialized Toupe Pro £100

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Saddle test: Specialized Toupe Pro £100



Ritchey Contrail saddle

Ritchey WCS contrail £95

Saddle review: Ritchey WCS contrail £95



Fizik Arione R3 saddle

Fizik Arione R3 £130

Saddle review: Fizik Arione R3 £130



Pro Turnix saddle

Pro Turnix £120

Saddle review: Pro Turnix £120



Prologo Nago Evo Ti 1.4 £100

Prologo Nago Evo Ti 1.4 £100

Saddle review: Prologo Nago Evo Ti 1.4 £100



Selle Italia SLR Flow

Selle Italia SLR Flow £109

Saddle review: Selle Italia SLR Flow £109



San Marco Regal Racing Team £125

San Marco Regal Racing Team £125

Saddle review: San Marco Regal Racing Team £125




With each saddle serving its own purpose, you can't fail to find something here to suit. In terms of price and specification, the Specialized grabbed the headlines straight away, and it managed to secure a win in this test by also offering standout levels of comfort and style.

Extra hat tips go to the Ritchey, for excellent levels of comfort and support, which will be great for newer riders not looking for a minimalist saddle, and the Selle Italia, which managed to balance a lightweight racy attitude with comfort.

Not every rider is the same though, so hopefully by reading each saddle review individually, you'll have a better idea of what might work for you.

Be honest about what kind of riding you enjoy, and more importantly, what type of rider you are, and you'll find a saddle that will provide a comfortable ride over endless miles.

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