- Padded saddle for two day epic?
I’m pretty much happy with any padded shorts. Endura & Gore are my regular buys but I have some Fox and Specialized baggies with padded liners that are great too. If you are worried about snagging your saddle just wear padded lycra.
On the bright side, much of day 1 will be taking up with walking so your bum will get a rest 🙂Posted 6 years ago
I’m using a padded under short but I don’t think they’re amazing quality. I tried a mates saddle the other day and I’ve just been informed that it was a wtb sst so I’ll give that another go it felt dead comfy. I’ll look in to getting one of the ointments too, thanks.Posted 6 years agospooky_b329Member
I find the padded undershorts/liners that come with baggies uncomfortable and they move about too much.
I now just buy proper Lycra roadie style padded shorts (Pearl Izumi are top of my list) and wear them under baggies. Much more comfortable and stay in place.
Strong believer in saddle shape over padding as well, I used to have WTB saddles but since getting getting a Charge Spoon I’ve not looked back 🙂Posted 6 years agogiantjaunt wrote:
OK I’ll certainly look at getting some good quality under shorts as I think the cheapo ones I have are ‘pants’. The Charge Spoon gets mentioned a lot too, I’ll have to try that out.
I really like Specialized saddles but the Spoon gets close and is a lot cheaper. I find the padding “packs down” relatively quickly though whereas the Spesh stuff stays comfy for years.Posted 6 years agozangolinMember
What Scaredypants says – bib shorts are the answer. Bibs under your baggies FTW – they stay put. You will probably find that your current saddle may not need changing. As others have said it’s the shape of the saddle that makes if comfortable rather than lots of padding and it’s a personal thing as to what fits your shape.Posted 6 years agoBezSubscriber
“I’m going to be riding 95 miles of technical terrain on a hardtail and much of this time I will be seated“
Really? IME, techical-plus-hardtail means not being seated much. YMMV, natch.
Still, saddles are all about the shape of your back end, not about the distance you’re riding. If it works well then it’ll work over any distance – your bum doesn’t change shape on longer rides.
Why not throw caution to the wind and ditch the baggies? Lycra shorts do work a lot better in the saddle area – there’s less fabric getting in the way of the moving bits for no purpose other than to make you look less gimpy in the pub. Personally I don’t find bibs help in any way, but again we’re all different shapes so YMMV.Posted 6 years agocynic-alSubscriber
Sounds like your saddle is not great for you. Padded shorts will not sort that.
It’s utterly pointless to listen to or post “I use a xxxx saddle and it’s great, whereas my yyyy was rubbish” – it’s completely personal.
Specialized and Bontrager (and others?) offer a fitting system and different width saddles, Brooks are also meant to be very comfortable once broken in (mine is great from the get-go).
Oh and lots of the WHW is not technical.Posted 6 years agocorrodedMember
The combo that works for me is Assos bibshorts (any, they’re all great) + Selle Italia Max Flite Gel Flow, which is a bit heavier than my Spesh Toupe but worth the trade-off. While it’s true that saddles are very personal preferences, I took a punt on the Selle just before a marathon so was relieved it worked out.Posted 6 years agoSteve-AustinMember
Decent pair of lycra cycling shorts – endura MT500 shorts work well for me
Decent saddle which you can sit on without any pain, and you are good to go.
Saddles are a real personal thing, i’ve used loads and not had any pain or discomfort. I prefer skinny, hard saddles, but you need to try a few. Your gobi might be ok, if you get some decent lycra shorts.Posted 6 years agolondonerinozMember
Suitable saddle width, shape, and flex rather than much padding for me, plus lose the baggies, at least while you’re riding.
Selle Italia Flites are another common favourite, and I’m just about to try a SLR XC to test the theory to the nth degree.
A Gobi XM I think it is came on my new bike and while fine during the ride, I’m rather sore afterwards, plus it seems a bit short.Posted 6 years ago
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