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Description

Blessed relief.

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.

Tech Specs

Cover:
microtex
Shell:
carbon fiber reinforced nylon
Rails:
K:ium
Seat Length:
300 mm
Seat Width:
132 mm
Actual Weight:
Black/Red, 132mm: 260g
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

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5 5

Just the saddle I needed

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Saddles are a personal choice, so this saddle may or may not be for you. I bought this to replace a cheap Prologo Kappa Evo saddle. As saddles go, the Prologo was fine in many respects and I've ridden centuries on it. But in road race breakaways, where I would often be in the drops and needing every watt of energy, my lower regions would actually start to go numb from the perineum region being compressed. On the longer rides, even when not in the drops, my nethers would feel fairly abused. This indicated that I could benefit from a saddle with a cutout or at least a relief channel.

There are many saddles with the required features. The Arione has a superb reputation and many of my racing friends use the regular version of the saddle. If you don't need the relief channel, the regular version is a little bit lighter. On this one, my sit bones are perfectly comfortable and, because of the minimal padding and clean design, chafing hasn't yet been an issue. If I'm in the drops, I can still go numb; however, that's usually because I'm off-center on the saddle. I simply shift my perineum area properly into the channel and the problem goes away. Otherwise, I don't even notice the saddle--which is exactly how it should be.

5 5

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.

5 5

Ultimate comfort!

  • 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.