Selle SMP saddles sport some pretty unique shapes and at first glance, the silhouette is quite striking and we don't blame you for questioning its comfort. You can't judge a book by its cover though, and we've sold a boatload of these saddles to cyclist and considering the amount of reorders to outfit their entire fleet, it speaks volumes to the comfort of the saddle. Two things to consider with SMP saddles are its padding level and its width, which SMP correlates to your pant size. The saddle we have here, the Men's Glider Carbon Saddle has medium padding and fits cyclist with 32-37-inch waists making it a saddle that’s a great place to start for most cyclists.
Selle SMP saddles are designed and manufactured to optimize the body's interaction with the bike, knowing that nothing kills the fun on a long ride quite like saddle discomfort. The Glider, much like the rest of the saddles in SMP's lineup has a distinctive drop nose helping relieve pressure over soft tissue regions. This design also promotes more comfort while in an aero position, since there's less pressure as you reach for the drops, letting your pelvis roll forward while maintaining a flatter back.
The rear section is slightly elevated giving you something to push against as you dole out more watts on the climb. At the center of its 136mm width, the saddle features a wide cut out helping eliminate pressure in the perineal zone. The additional benefit being that it places your weight evenly on the sit bones so you can rack up the miles in total comfort.
The saddle is built on unidirectional carbon fiber rails helping to drop the weight down quite a bit. The carbon reinforced nylon shell offers just enough flex to help soak up road vibrations while boosting its durability. Even the elastic foam padding is designed for the long haul and resists breaking down. Finally, the cover is finished in a soft, genuine leather, adding a touch of class and long-wearing durability.
- A saddle for long-mile comfort and racing alike
- Slightly wider than the versatile Stratos model
- Inclusion of carbon rails drops grams and boosts comfort
- Dropped nose and central channel alleviate pressure
- Raised tail coaches hips into efficient pedaling position
- Light padding focuses on comfort without bounciness