There are some things to skimp on, and some not to. Do not skimp on your saddle. I trained on this saddle, and rode this saddle for 1000's and 1000's of miles... literally. No pains, no numbness, no sores, and no "aftereffects." Saddle is still on my ride, and still getting lots of use. Nice and long for lots of seating position changes to boot. Couldn't be happier with this saddle.