Just last week I received my new bike. The LBS put together a nice bike around Rocky Mountain Blizzard frame for me. I haven't ridden MTBs for a few years now and last week during the first longer ride I noticed that I need a better saddle. For years I rode MTB, cyclo-cross and road with variations of Selle Italia Flite saddles (ti, gel flow, etc). The saddle I currently have on my cyclo-cross bike is Selle Italia Max Flite Gel Flow 9the one with the cut-out). It's much more comfortable than standard Selle Italia Flite Ti on my road and MTB bikes. However, I would like something a bit more comfortable. I am in the 30s, weight about 210lbs, I ride a steel hard-tail MTB but would like something with more support, cut-out for the sensitive area and good padding. I am willing to give up weight for comfort but I don't want to go too heavy or too bulky.
Can someone recommend some good alternative to Selle Italia Max Flite Gel Flow?
How about Fizik Aliante (I know, it doesn't have a cut-out area but the padding seems to compensate for that)? I hear that carbon rails Aliante is comfortable but that it breaks down easily (apparently the carbon rails come apart after a few months). Is the ti version better?