Selle Italia Max Flite Gel Flow Saddle $209.99
A classic reborn.
Selle Italia's Max Flite Gel Flow Saddle is a modern take on the the classic mid-width Flite shape. The anatomic cutout relieves pressure, but it's the supple, yet supportive gel padding and integrated shock absorbing system that gives the Max Flite its distinctively smooth ride. If you want the classic Flite shape, but ou're not willing to sacrifice contemporary comfort, you just found your saddle.
The foundation of the Max Flite is its nylon shell. Along with being supportive, it provides a generous level of flex that takes the pain out of choppy roads and rough trails. The tail is 146mm wide (for reference, the SLR is 131mm wide) which accommodates those with average to wide sit bones. There's an extra layer of padding atop the shell, as well as a gel layer that further reduces vibrations. And unlike the terrible gel seat covers that we've all seen before, the Max Flite is still thin enough to maintain a stable seating platform without causing hotspots.
The large 'Flow' cutout relieves pressure on the perineal artery and adjacent soft tissue. This means that your blood flow will remain uninterrupted, so you won't be stricken with mid-ride tingling or numbness. As for the saddle's cover, Selle Italia topped it off with perforated leather that's both breathable and durable.
This saddle is supported by Selle Italia's Vanox Tube rails, which are rated for off-road use, so you know that they're strong. Additionally, they operate like shock absorbers at the aft of the saddle. And when they're combined with the generous padding and flexible shell of the Gel Flow, it results in a saddle that cancels out the high-frequency vibrations that would otherwise ruin your ride.
The Selle Italia Max Flite Gel Flow Saddle is available in 146x290mm size and in the colors Black and White.
Reviews & Community
I'm concerned about the side strength and...
I'm concerned about the side strength and possible sagging. I weigh about 300lb.
I think I saw the max rider weight listed at 220 lbs on this saddle.
heavier but much more comfortable
i'm 5'9 and weigh 165-lbs, and i rarely have issues with seat comfort, yet i found this saddle to be a noticeable improvement over my prior SI's. i bought this saddle for a new build due to extremely attractive pricing (found on sale) and i am incredibly happy with it.
pros - comfort is amazing, gel padding really works. thickness takes a little getting used to, but streamlined shape helps avoid a bulky feel.
cons - the only thing i can think of is that it adds 50-100g in weight vs. most other selle italias, but that's more than offset by the increased riding comfort in my opinion, especially if you can find it for just over $100.
Great value in an incredibly comfortable saddle when you can find it on sale.
i've ridden it several times, but not enough to be able to comment on wear/tear, so will update later if needed.