I know there are myriad threads on the board regarding the pros and cons of different saddles (and I've read them all), but as a relative beginner, some basic help would be appreciated. There are so many different saddles out there and so little info about them other than the marketing hype. Some saddles are time-tested and some are so new that they have no long-term history. So my question is this:
What saddle manufacturers and models seem to be regarded as the most comfortable and most performance responsive? What should I be looking for in terms of brands, models, construction, etc.? I need a starting point.
I know I will have to try a number of saddles, but maybe your collective responses can help me narrow things down. For the record, I am 6'1", 225 lbs, 56 yrs old, use an old 70s Selle saddle on a '03 Lemond Poprad, ride mainly (90%) on the road at a decent (and improving) pace. The Selle is OK - much better than the stock saddle - but I think there are better saddles out there. I really don't want to have to buy a dozen saddles for my own tests, and I probably won't be able to spend the big bucks for a super-high-end saddle.