Fizik Antares Versus Evo R3 Adaptive saddle - a high tech and comfy perch but requires deep pockets

Equipped with 3D printed adaptive technology and an effective pressure relief channel, the Antares is a saddle worthy of attention

Image shows Fizik Antares adaptive saddle in the wild
(Image credit: Luke Friend)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The price of the Antares Versus Evo R3 adaptive saddle is unquestionably steep. It’s more than $100/ £100 more expensive than the regular Versus Evo model. So is it worth it? If you ride your bike regularly it’s hard to put a price on comfort. As cyclists we’re forever tinkering in the hope of finding a position or a product that aids this. For me, the Adaptive version of the Antares certainly did. It balances just the right amount of cushioning and flex to create a saddle that responds to your efforts and delivers bags of comfort even over long distances.

Reasons to buy
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    Comfortable padding that's also easy to clean

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    An effective relief channel that aids comfort

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Reasons to avoid
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    Expensive - over $250/£250 at retail

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Fizik has been making some of the most popular saddles for some time. A fixture in the pro peloton, they’re also the choice of mere mortals too and have been my favoured seat for more than a dozen years.

More recently the Italian brand has been producing some of its most recognisable shapes in 'Adaptive' versions, achieved through the use of 3D printing technology that allows for varying degrees of cushioning among other things. It a technique that is likely to become more commonplace among the best bike saddles.

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Freelance writer

Luke Friend has worked as a writer, editor and copywriter for twenty five years. Across books, magazines and websites, he's covered a broad range of topics for a range of clients including Major League Baseball, the National Trust and the NHS. He has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and is a qualified bicycle mechanic. He has been a cycling enthusiast from an early age, partly due to watching the Tour de France on TV. He's a keen follower of bike racing to this day as well as a regular road and gravel rider.