Selle Italia Man Gel Flow Saddle

3/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $124.98


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Product Description

The Selle Italia Man GelFlow Black Leather Manganese Rails have a central anatomic cutout with silicone gel molded around the cutout and in the nose of the saddle. This family indicates two saddles designed specifically for the needs of men and women. The results of extensive research in the fields of anatomy results in a great balance of comfort and performance for man and woman alike.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Anon a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2016

Strengths:    Excellent construction, gel padding really works for long rides, perfect touring saddle for people with moderately wide hip bones. Great leather finish, decent weight.

Weaknesses:    availability - these are not in every store!
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Bottom Line:   
I've tried many saddles over the years, and they all have their strengths and weaknesses. Most saddles have only one strength: they are cheap. The Selle Italia Man however suits me perfectly.

You can pay more for a Brooks leather saddle -- it will be super after a break in period, then you have to keep waterproofing it and keeping the tension correct as the leather ages. For some, that's the better touring saddle option. Not for me. I like gel to dampen out the small vibrations that come with any kind of cycling.

You can buy lighter race saddles, sprung saddles, and odd plastic things of all shapes and sizes. Or you can just use Selle Italia's excellent fit guide to find the saddle that fits your butt. Get the cutout or the gel if it pleases you -- this saddle has both. Done. Top notch quality, fair price, this saddle will last at least as long as anything else on your bike if you don't crash it. 4000 miles on mine and I'm not going to part with it anytime soon.

A quick shout out to Mags Oi: don't downvote a saddle that doesn't fit you! Personal sizing issues are not legitimate complaints about a saddle. At your weight and size, you ought to know better than to choose a lightweight touring saddle. Selle Italia makes excellent kit, they are no fly-by-night operation. But they are Italian and they do tend to serve smaller statured cyclists. Get fit properly for your next saddle and you won't experience pain.

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Similar Products Used:   Brooks B-17, old Selle Italia Flite, SI Flite Max, Koomi, Specialized, Terry, WTB, and all sorts of cheap OEM saddles. I still use cheaper plastic saddles for short rides on mountain bikes or in nasty weather.

Bike Setup:   Have this on three bikes at the moment: Banshee Paradox, Ritchey BreakAway Cross, and Ridley X-Fire.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Mags Oi a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2012

Strengths:    Very well constructed, looks like it would give long service life. Good looking, not too dorky for a cut-out model.

Weaknesses:    OUCH! OUCH! OUCH OUCH!

Bottom Line:   
Experienced genital numbness (among other problems) after a ride for the first time in my life at 41 YOA. I thought a perineal cut-out saddle design was a prudent thing to try so I did some research and some measuring and decided on the Selle Italia Man Gelfow saddle. BIG MISTAKE. In my experience there are two types of saddles that work well... something like a Titec El Norte that has a lot of surface area so you can move around a bit (get towards the front on a climb, scoot back for a stretch, etc.) or a saddle with one good sweet spot that you just want to park yourself in, like a WTB Speed V. The Selle Italia Man Gelflow has neither of these attributes. During a three hour ride I tried fore and aft adjustments, tilt adjustments and seatpost height variations. By the end of the ride I was perched as far back on the saddle away from the cutout as I could stand. Had intense discomfort for several days after that one ride. Never had these problems before even on centuries and all day trail ride. Gonna Craigslist this sucker ASAP.
FYI I'm 6'3" and 210lbs.

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Favorite Trail:   A trail of hundred dollar bills.

Price Paid:    $118.00

Purchased At:   Bikeman.com

Similar Products Used:   Titec El Norte, WTB Speed V.

Bike Setup:   Custom Monster Cross/Rigid 29er hybrid.

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