Selle Italia SLR Max Gel Flow Saddle $219.99
The Selle Italia SLR Max Gel Flow Saddle is proof that a happy medium exists between razor-thin racing saddles and an over-padded pseudo-sofa. Building on the legacy of the mid-width SLR shape, this saddle prioritizes comfort with an anatomic cutout, gel padding, and built-in shock absorbers. So, if you need a smoother ride from your saddle, this perch provides it.
The foundation of the SLR is its nylon composite shell, with its 'composite' designation being derived from its 10% carbon fiber content. Essentially, this mix provides the shell with a boost of support, while still providing a natural level of flex for comfort. However, as it does share SLR designation, it dimensions vary from the boilerplate 131mm width and 275mm length to a 145mm width and a 275mm 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 SLR is quite ample. In fact, the L3 designation is reserved purely for comfort. And, in addition to this, Selle Italia also gave the SLR 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 SLR has one of the higher measures from rail to top-of-cover in the Selle Italia line (57mm).
Further differentiating itself, the Max Gel Flow 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 sensitive nerves in the region. For example,the pudendal nerve is a paired structure, with a left and right nerve. It is formed in the sacral plexus, and in simplified terms, moves down the body between the piriformis muscle and the ischiococcygeus muscles, eventually attaching to the ischial spine. From here it eventually enters the pudendal canal within which it divides off into several branches including the perineal nerve and the inferior rectal nerve. Keeping pressure off of these nerves is imperative to reducing numbness while riding.. To put it into perspective, the cutout is slightly narrower than the one found on the SLR Super Flow, which provides more surface area to work with.
The SLR Flow 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 250 grams.
The Selle Italia SLR Max Gel Flow Saddle is available in a 145x275mm size and in the colors Black and White.