Fi'zi:k Arione VS X Saddle $195.00
If you want a race-inspired saddle, but you need some extra comfort, the Fi:zi’k Arione Versus X Saddle may be exactly what you need. Based on the modern-classic Arione shape, it adds a generous pressure relief channel down the middle, and ample padding.
The Versus range of saddles makes use of thicker foam than their standard Fi’zi:k counterparts. It is specifically shaped to provide more padding for your sit bones to keep them from getting tender on long rides. This being the “X” version, it employs a deeper relief channel than the standard “Versus” level Arione. The rear wings of the saddle are 132mm wide, making it ideal for those with medium-width sit bones. The generous 300mm length gives you plenty of fore-aft movement to adjust your posture over the course of a ride. And as you’d expect from Fi’zi:k, this saddle’s shape was developed after long-term laboratory blood flow analysis and thermal mapping of multiple groups of test subjects.
The Arione Versus X is built on a carbon-reinforced nylon body, which provides a comfortable shell flex. The rails are K:ium, an alloy that’s proprietary to Fi’zi:k, which offers similar weight to titanium rails, at a significantly more affordable price point.
The Fi’zi:k Arione Versus X Saddle is available in one size, and in the colors Black/red, and Black/black.
Reviews & Community
Goes the distance
Switched to this saddle from an Arione CX, and biked from Chicago to Michigan the same day. After 200 miles round trip, I have no regrets with the saddle switch. Have gotten used to the shape of the Arione, but needed the relief from the channel. And it was a relief. Before, going on long rides would result in numbness. Fortunately that was not the case with the Versus.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
In short, this saddle is the proverbial "bomb!" It's awesome.
I bought this saddle from a local bike shop a couple of weeks after it hit the market in the U.S. I've owned three other saddles: a Selle Italia SLX flow, a Specialized Toupe + Expert, and an Antares, which I found terribly uncomfortable after mile 45. After re-checking the "animal" in me, pursuant to Fizik's spine concept, AND measuring my sit bone width properly, I realized I am a "snake," not a "chameleon."
After nearly 1,300 miles, including a Century and a 200K, and just under 70 hrs on the saddle since acquiring the Arione VSX, I can tell you this saddle is, by far, the most comfortable saddle I've ever ridden.