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    Fizik Antares to What Saddle for More Padding?

    I have kinda narrowed my saddle search to the Fizik Kurve Chameleon or the Antares. I rode the Antares Versus last weekend, and I had some discomfort just on my left sitbone after some miles, and the padding felt a little bit too hard. I really liked the Kurve Chameleon, but I have been told by someone on the 41 that some people already have returned the Kurve saddles for two/three warranty claims (cracking issues) already. So, I am holding off, at least until Fizik works out the kinks in the Kurve saddles.

    My question is this:

    If you used the Fizik Antares saddle, was generally satisfied with the shape, width, length and comfort; but wished for a little more (but not excessive) padding, what saddle did you go to and have stuck with?

    Thanks for all responses.
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    Jed

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    I went from an Antares to a Prologo choice -similar shape, much more comfortable.

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    For what it's worth....

    The Versus line has a little more padding than the "regular" line.
    I have an Aliante Versus (I LOVE it), and it has a little more padding than the regular Aliante. Fizik had it all on their site when I was looking for it. I'm too lazy to go looking for it now, so you'll just have to trust me.

    Just my little sort-of-relevant tidbit of info.

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    My advice would be to not worry about pain in the sit bone area, and to not try to address pain with thicker padding. In my experience, sit bone pain is the kind of thing you adapt to and eventually goes away. Pain further forward in the groin and genital area is what you cant ignore. For me, the Fizik Antares Versus took car of that. YMMV, but this approach has worked for me.
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    For me the Antares was the solution to needing a little more padding. The issue I have now is that it spreads the pressure across a larger area. Very comfy for 2-3 hour rides but much longer than that, and it starts to become annoying. Still better than any saddle I have tried so far. (romin, slr, arione)
    All I'm saying is ... large pigs can run faster than you think.

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    Specialized Romin EVO was the answer for me after many different Fizik saddles, including Antares and Aliante (both regular and VS versions).

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    Quote Originally Posted by pallen View Post
    My advice would be to not worry about pain in the sit bone area, and to not try to address pain with thicker padding. In my experience, sit bone pain is the kind of thing you adapt to and eventually goes away. Pain further forward in the groin and genital area is what you cant ignore. For me, the Fizik Antares Versus took car of that. YMMV, but this approach has worked for me.
    I hear ya. Except the Kurve Chameleon worked so well. No pain anywhere whatsover after a ride of 85miles when I tested it. The only issue is reliability. I don't want to be 50miles from home with a cracked saddle.
    Regards,

    Jed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jed19 View Post
    I hear ya. Except the Kurve Chameleon worked so well. No pain anywhere whatsover after a ride of 85miles when I tested it. The only issue is reliability. I don't want to be 50miles from home with a cracked saddle.
    oh yes, no pain anywhere beats everything! In terms of padding though, I've found that the padded saddles feel great for short rides, but are no good on the longer ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dalava View Post
    Specialized Romin EVO was the answer for me after many different Fizik saddles, including Antares and Aliante (both regular and VS versions).
    Same here. Have the Romin Evo Pro. I really wanted to like the Antares and get the liquigas limited color one to match my bike but I just didn't feel good on it (along with all the other Fizik shapes).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jed19 View Post
    ...the Kurve Chameleon worked so well. No pain anywhere whatsover...
    A saddle experience like that should be cherished, you've found the greener grass, hold on to it.

    If you register the saddle, the extended warranty will cover replacement for another five years. I've not seen a report of complete failure.

    I liked the Kurve concept a lot, the suspension effect worked. However, the Chameleon caused discomfort behind one leg on me, which probably could have been fixed with the Snake model.
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    I did want to try the Kurve but they only came in black so that ruled it out. Sounds like a great concept though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NWS Alpine View Post
    I did want to try the Kurve but they only came in black so that ruled it out. Sounds like a great concept though.
    Yeah, I was surprised at how good it worked. The only weak link that I could think of is that the rails look like they are made of oversized aluminum or something like that.

    What I heard is that weight weenies; who tend to be lighter guys, are cracking the saddle. That gives me pause as a 210Ib lard-ass.
    Regards,

    Jed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Werkin View Post
    A saddle experience like that should be cherished, you've found the greener grass, hold on to it.

    If you register the saddle, the extended warranty will cover replacement for another five years. I've not seen a report of complete failure.

    I liked the Kurve concept a lot, the suspension effect worked. However, the Chameleon caused discomfort behind one leg on me, which probably could have been fixed with the Snake model.
    I agree. It is on my very short list. The warranty will definitely help, but the thought of being 50miles from home with a cracked, unrideable saddle gives me pause, for now.
    Regards,

    Jed

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    I tried all of the Specialized and Fizik saddles my LBS carries and ended up buying the Gobi XM and love it..

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