A clyde's notes on the Selle SMP Pro vs Glider
I ordered both of these saddles, figuring I would try the Pro first but wanting to compare it side by side with the cushiest of the 'skinny folk' saddles, the Glider.
I put about 40 miles on the Pro before deciding it wasn't for me. The wide luv groove eliminated any and all numbness but the Pro has flats on either side of the groove that - like most wide saddles, causes irritation at the top of my hamstrings.
Though I had hoped to return the Glider to Rob at 'We keep you cycling.com' for a promised 100% refund (as long as I kept one of the saddles and returned the other unmounted/unridden), I broke down and snapped the booklet tags off of it and mounted it up.
And am I ever glad I did! This saddle is instant nirvana for me :bday::roflmao::beer::love:
It's not as robustly constructed as the Pro but mounted firmly in a Tompson seat post I have every confidence it will bear my 230 lbs with no problem.
In summary, my own anatomy suggests the flat spots atop the Pro make it great for a more upright riding position, while SMP's Evolution/Stratos/Glider saddles are more proper for a drop-bar roadie position.
So I was going to Ebay the Pro, but decided to mount it on my 2007 Trek Fuel EX8 Mtn bike first, a bike which offers a very upright riding position. The Pro feels great on there so there it will stay.
$ 430 for two saddles :eek: but by God numbness and hamstring irritation are a thing of the past for me so I can justify it.
HTH some of my clyde brethern/sisteren.