Fizik Vento Argo R3 saddle review - more versatile than expected

Designed for racing but an intelligent design and palatable price point broadens its scope

Fizik Vento Argo R3 saddle attached to a seatpost
(Image credit: Luke Friend)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Fizik has done it again, creating a race-first saddle that, through its smart design, should still suit a variety of cyclists. Even if you're not pinning on a number the Vento Argo provides the right amount of comfort and support, neither too spongy or overly stiff. Whether favoring the rear of the saddle or the nose, it allows you to remain planted thus getting the most from each pedal stroke even if you’re just chasing the sun rather than the cyclist in front of you. Weight obsessives will likely raise an eyebrow at the number on the scales, but the model comes in a couple of carbon rail options too. For most of us, the R3 strikes the right balance between performance and price.

Reasons to buy
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    Well-designed, comfortable shape

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    Springy yet low-profile padding

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    Generous cut-out helps relieve pressure

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    Easy to clean

Reasons to avoid
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    R3 version might be too heavy for the weight obsessed

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Fizik’s array of saddles is certainly comprehensive, covering road, gravel and mountain bike disciplines, with several models featured in our guide to the best bike saddles. 

The road offerings are divided further still, with long and short options, as well as adaptive designs and profiles suited to specific demands, from elite racing to hilly sportives - in fact, Jonas Vingegaard has just won his second Tour de France title aboard a Vento Argo saddle. 

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