Specialized Women’s Power Comp MIMIC Saddle – ‘I don’t even notice it’

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The Specialized Women’s Power Comp saddle with MIMIC technology ain’t no gimmick, and has been awarded a Singletrack Recommended award from a rider that can find almost anything to complain about when it comes to pedalling. Read on to find out how Amanda has relieved her saddle soreness.


There could never be a women’s specific saddle review that confidently states that it is a comfortable saddle. It’s purely subjective, everyone is a different shape, weight and size, so in this case I’ll tell you about me and my behind. I have what my mother calls ‘thunder thighs’, and (as Hannah kindly described) a ‘generously proportioned sitting department’… I have a big wide ass. However that doesn’t necessarily mean I have wide sit bones, which are the important factor in choosing the right saddle.

A very shapely saddle

Sizing

Here at Singletrack we like to keep things real, so instead of taking myself off to get my saddle fit measured with all expenses paid, I sat on a piece of foil on the stairs, legs at 90 degrees, and rolled around a bit. It turns out that all this padding I have is hiding some relatively narrow sit bones. So I provided my scientific measurement to Specialized and received a 143mm Women’s Power Comp Mimic Saddle.

High tech

The saddle is available in three sizes, 143mm, 155mm and 168mm.

What’s going on in there?

The Specialized Women’s Power Comp with MIMIC is the entry level saddle from the Mimic range. Featuring hollow Cr-Mo rails, medium density foam for cushioning without losing that feeling of contact with the bike, and a patented body geometry design. When compared to the top of the range Mimic saddle, all the design aspects that are essential for comfort are the same, but the high end model features carbon shell and rails.

So what is MIMIC? This is the technology Specialized claims can reduce pressure on sensitive areas whilst providing the structural support needed for blood flow. This is achieved with a multi-layer design of different foams. The main shell features a cut-out that is filled with flexible, concave thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) to prevent swelling. That’s roughly where your flower will be. The bulk of the main layer is firm foam on the largest portion of the saddle, which provides an actual seat with the structural integrity needed to hold a person. The front of the main layer is a softer foam to prevent putting too much pressure on you. To finish, a small layer of memory foam creates a cushion for sensitive tissue.

Very squishy, always bounces back

The first thing I noticed about the saddle is how satisfying it is to press down in the centre. You really can feel (and see) the memory foam working before having even sat on it. Turning the saddle over reveals that flexible TPU layer, which feels reassuringly durable for an exposed layer of plastic.

Short and sweet
TPU layer is visible underneath

The Ride

 

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Review Info

Brand:Specialized
Product:Women's Power Comp with Mimic
From:https://www.specialized.com
Price:£84
Tested:by Amanda for 5 months

Amanda Wishart

Singletrack Art Director

When Amanda arrived at Singletrack she had only been riding for a couple of years, but having already ticked off a healthy list of uplifts and races including Megavalanche, we didn’t see any problems with her keeping up. Previously serving 11 years in a publishing house, she was keen to continue her art and design career without being tied to a desk, and has progressed as both a rider and a designer from all the fresh air Calderdale offers.

She began mountain biking to keep herself occupied out of snowboard season, but bikes have since taken over as the preferred sport. It’s not a hobby - it’s a lifestyle, and the impact riding has had on Amanda’s life is more than just how she chooses to spend her weekends. Relocating to Calderdale, giving up driving, being more eco aware are all either directly or loosely related to the sport and the future of it.

Her love of bikes isn’t for the adrenalin rush, the exercise, achieving goals or even the travelling, it’s mostly about the people she meets along the way. She’s our in-house tree hugger and is interested in any earth positive products and vegan trail snacks.

Comments (1)

    Mrs. Rickon uses this saddle, and has the exact same thoughts. She was a Bontrager Evoke WSD rider for years, and she tried this and has never gone back.

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