Selle Italia SLR Team Edition Flow Saddle $259.95
Ride like the team.
Whether on the road or on the trail, Selle Italia's SLR saddle shape has earned a loyal following with its light weight and supportive shape. And with the SLR Team Edition Flow Saddle, you gain a pressure-relieving cutout, a team-inspired Black and White design, and a touch of extra padding. And with durable Vanox rails and a weight that's around 175 grams, you'll find that this is a saddle that'll provide comfort mile after mile.
The SLR Team Edition Flow saddle features a carbon fiber-reinforced nylon composite base. It's a composite because it employs a 30% blend of carbon fiber, which adds rigidity to the shell. Together, the material combination still provides a controlled level of flex.
If you're wondering where it falls within the SLR family, it features the same 131mm width and 275mm length as the SLR Tekno. This makes it an ideal match for those with average width sit bones. However, where the Team Flow begins to differ is both obvious and not-so-obvious. Starting with the 'Flow' designation, you'll notice that this saddle has a moderately sized cutout in order to relieve pressure on the perineal artery and adjacent soft tissue. 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 Flow, which provides more surface area to work with.
For further distinction, the Team Edition differs from the rest of the SLR line through its degree of padding. It's a little thicker than say the Carbonio or Tekno Flow, nowhere near as dense as anything in the Flite or SLS families. And along with a modest amount of padding, the saddle has been wrapped with a hard-wearing and non-abrasive Lorica cover.
The SLR Team Edition is supported by Selle Italia's Vanox Tube rails. They're not quite as light as the carbon fiber rails that are found on the top-tier SLR offerings, but they're light enough to keep the overall weight of the saddle around 175 grams.
The Selle Italia SLR Team Edition Flow Saddle is available in a 131x275mm size and in the color Black.