Due to a recent medical condition, the saddles that have served me so well (Brooks Pro, Specialized Alias and Specialized Toupe) all have become quite uncomfortable. Based on a recommendation of another rider, I've been trying a new saddle that seems oddly to combine the advantages of all the saddles I like without the discomfort. It's the E3 Form from Performance. http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=5210
I've got only 9 hours on the saddle now with the longest stretch being three hours. Here what I can say about it.
It really supports primarily the sit bones with little pressure anywhere else. While I thought this might be difficult after several hours, it has not turned out to be the case. Rather, as soon as you put the legs into pedal mode, it feels as if you're really just balancing on the seat... very bearable. However, if you sit up and coast, you can feel the pressure directly on the sit bones. So, I suspect this saddle won't be terribly comfortable for those riding cruisers. I've always had to make a trade off with any other saddle in terms of the angle. If it's titled too far back, then riding in the drops is uncomfortable with my body weight on the nose of the saddle. If the saddle is titled too far forward, I'm constantly sliding forward with too much weight on the hands. In the past I've been able to reach a workable compromise with the balance allowing me to ride on the hoods and occasionally on the drops with no discomfort. With this saddle, however, once I got it dialed in, it was comfortable on the hoods, on the drops and sitting straight up (as long as I was not easing up on my pedaling). Dialed in turned out to be the saddle completely level and just a hair closer to the bars than my previous setup. One thing that feels surprisingly nice is that you can't feel the saddle rub against your thighs, regardless of the position on your bars. At first, this felt a bit weird, but I very quickly (on the first ride) got used to it. Long story short, at the current sale price, I've replaced all three of my other saddles at about the cost of one good saddle. I'm a happy with this and hope it is as satisfying on even longer rides. Oh yeah, and it's lighter than all but the Toupe - 188 grams.