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Join Date: Dec 2004
Bikes: Pink Nightmare (RIP), Kona Smoke fixed conversion, Surly Steamroller, Schwinn hardtail, Raleigh singlespeed mtb conversion (soon to be RIP), Green Road Biest
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I don't know about that - I've been riding Selle Flites for the last year, and while they do have some (very little though) padding, I find that they are much more comfortable than any padded saddle I've ridden. They've also convinced me that the split rail/cutout saddle theory is total hogwash, at least for my male anatomy. And that's a clyde rider with plenty to rest on the saddle, and I don't buy "lite" stuff because I break it.
I think the only problem is that a plastic saddle can't be "broken in" - it's the right shape for you or it isn't. I've found that my saddle pain has nearly always been a fit problem (with the exception of a very squishy saddle that came stock on a bike, painful no matter what after about a half an hour) anyway - saddle too low, bars too close, etc.
Google around and you'll find Jobst Brandt and Sheldon Brown discussing saddle padding actually compressing your soft tissue more than a hard (plastic or leather) saddle.