Mostly for hybrid bikers
I just installed this seat today and went for a 15-mile trial ride. I have fairly severe hip arthritis and have been in a lot of pain for the last several years. I would be forced to get off the bike and rest every 5 miles to relieve the pain. Not on this seat!
The foam in this seat is described as soft, but I would rate it as medium. It "looks" like a marshmallow seat, but doesn't ride like one. The foam felt just right---both supportive and cushioning. The nose rises a bit in the front, creating a dip in the center of the seat. The dip seemed to cradle my pelvis very well. There was no tendency to slip off the nose even though it angles down.
It took half an hour to get used to the unusually large hole in the center. You definitely notice it at first. I put a nylon cover over the seat and that was more comfortable. By the end of the ride I was no longer noticing the hole.
Most importantly, I had no hip pain whatsoever. I was pain free the entire time. There was no standing to relieve pressure on the sit bones, no squirming to avoid pressure points. There were no pressure points. That for me is a real miracle. I stopped at 15 miles because it got dark, but I felt like I could have gone double the distance with no pain. (Time will tell.)
This is definitely a wide saddle at 218 mm and not for everyone. I was worried that I would notice the width especially at the point where the back of the leg hits the seat, but in fact I quickly got used to it.
Bottom line, this is the most comfortable seat I've ever had, at least so far. I've ridden a Brooks, a Body Geometry, a Selle Royal, and a million others. This one is the best. I know 15 miles is nothing, but my instant reaction was, "Man, this thing is GOOD" and I felt the same way at the end of the ride. I was barely even aware of the saddle much of the time.
Especially recommended for larger people as one of the few large seats that's not a marshmallow and will give you support.
If you're not a large person, explore the other nose-down saddles by Selle SMP. Something for everyone. A very well thought out line of saddles. I can't imagine anything more comfortable.
P.S. That's a Jamis Coda Sport modified with an upright handlebar, twist-grip shifters, and low mountain gears front and rear. The ultimate do-all long-distance cruiser/fitness bike/tourer.