Selle SMP set out to address pressure at the perineum region with its SMP4BIKE collection of saddles. The Stratos is a minimal design that falls right into this category, as it relies on the Italian brand's innovative shape to keep you comfortable, supported, and pressure-free while out racing, training, or simply riding your bike.
Situated between the Evolution and Glider models, the Stratos is best suited for cyclists with average-width pelvises, as it features a moderate profile and an average amount of padding. At the nose, there's the characteristic "beak" shape designed to provide a flat base while sitting, without excessive pressure on the genital area. SMP's pronounced central channel was also incorporated, which further reduces pressure on the pudendal nerve and surrounding soft tissue. The back of the saddle is raised for an enhanced seated pedaling position, where body weight is divided between the rear and lower part of the ischial tuberosity region. This shape also helps reduce overall pressure on the coccyx while riding over rough surfaces.
The saddle's foam elastomer padding gets wrapped in leather for the black version and a durable Lorica microfiber in the colored version. Its durable nylon/carbon composite shell rides on stainless steel rails, ensuring a secure perch that'll hold up for both road and mountain applications.
The Selle SMP Stratos is available in one size (266 x 131mm) and in the colors Black, Red, and White. It is handmade in Italy and has a claimed weight of 250 grams.
- Nylon/carbon composite shell
- Stainless steel rails
- Leather or Lorica cover
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I've been very pleased with this saddle, it ticks most of the boxes for me. Similar to what a TT or a Tri saddle accomplishes, the Selle smp saddle strives to relieve pressure from the pudendal nerve. The way the saddle curves from the rear towards the front provides a nice lever of hip support, something I really liked. All of the selle smp saddles offer a similar design, make sure you get the right width and level of padding and you will be very satisfied. Would recommend.
Works for me
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I was surprised to find how comfortable the Stratos was for me. My go to saddle is a Selle Italia SLR, and have always been comfortable on similar, flatter profile saddles, like the WYB Volt on an MTB. When I mounted the Stratos on my bike, even without fin tuning for and aft positioning, and eyeballing the level, it was just comfortable. The Stratos is the "medium" padded saddle in the "narrower" line of SMPs saddles incuding the Composit, Evolution, Blaster, and Glider. This is the family SMP recommends for riders whose body frame generally matches the small/medium size in bibs,