Selle Italia Diva Gel Flow Saddle $174.99
Your comfort is worth it.
When a racing saddle is too firm, but you need a saddle that's still ready to pedal, the Selle Italia Diva Gel Flow Saddle deserves a look. Designed specifically for a woman's anatomy, it employs built-in shock absorbers and comfort enhancing gel inserts in order to take the discomfort out of your ride.
The foundation of the Diva is its nylon shell. Essentially, this material provides the shell with a boost of support, while still providing a natural level of flex for comfort. However, its dimensions vary from the boilerplate 131mm width and 275mm length of the SLR line of saddles to a 152mm width and a 270mm length. It also differs is in its level of padding. Selle Italia ranks this saddle as an 'L3' in its Identity Matching System, meaning that it possesses a similar level of firmness to SLR Super Flow and the Max Flite Gel Flow saddles. In terms of padding, you'll find that the Diva is quite ample. In fact, the L3 designation is reserved purely for comfort. And, in addition to this, Selle Italia also gave the Diva a shock absorber. This makes it ideal for those with large-width sit bones and high pelvic rotation. And for anyone who also prefers a medium-profile design, the Diva has one of the higher measures from rail to top-of-cover in the Selle Italia line (54mm).
Further differentiating itself, the Diva features an ample-sized cutout along the center-channel of the saddle. As a result, that pressure is directed to your sit bones (ischial tuberosity), which are far more adept at supporting your body weight. Additionally, they're able to do so without causing numbness during long rides. This principle is further supported by the wide cut out, as it removes pressure from the pudendal nerve. Essentially, this is a nerve that runs from around the third vertebrae, all the way down towards your foot. And when compressed at the perineum region, it is one of the major contributors to numbness. So, by relieving the very threat of pressure, your blood flow remains consistent, eliminating numbness. To put it into perspective, the cutout is slightly narrower than the one found on the SLR Max Flow, which provides more surface area to work with.
The Diva features Selle Italia's Vanox Tube rails. They're slightly heavier than the carbon fiber rails that are found on the top-tier SLR offerings, but they're light enough to keep the weight at around a respectable 255 grams.
The Selle Italia Diva Gel Flow Saddle is available in a 152x270mm size and in the colors Black and White.