I find bicycle saddles generally uncomfortable (I also ride a recumbent to give an idea of what i mean by comfortable ). They're not horrible or anything, once I get used to my seat after the winter it's not so bad unless I stop biking for a week or so.
On that note, a week or so ago, I didn't bike for about a week, and my butt got a bit sore earlier this week. I've been thinking about bicycle saddles & shorts for the past couple of days (and possibly changing my setup). What I can't really figure out is what the point of padded bicycle shorts are. If bicycle short padding is useful, why not just put that padding on the saddle and use simpler cycling shorts? Is it just the way the industry is or is there a real reason?
I could see it maybe being something to do with the way the cushioning wraps around your butt and the seat, or other complicated interactions between your butt, legs and seat, but I've never heard that as a reason.
The only other reasons I can think of are maybe moisture related, or maybe the cushioning used in shorts wouldn't last long as the top cushioning layer of the saddle.