Saddles for different riding positions
A wider channel usually means more soft tissue relief
Your chosen style of riding and your flexibility will impact your saddle preferences.
Women who ride in an aggressive position often have their pelvis tilted slightly forwards – particularly if they are riding a time trial or triathlon bike, or spending a lot of time in the drops. This means that a lot more pressure on the soft tissue. Therefore, these women are more likely to get on with a saddle that has a large cut-out, or relief channel, or a noseless option.
Comparatively, those who adopt a more upright position – perhaps riding a hybrid, or Dutch bike, or a road bike with a shorter reach, will be putting more pressure on their sit bones. These women might find they want a saddle with a little more padding at the rear. However, don’t fall into the trap of thinking that more padding means better – you still want something that supports your weight, rather than a fluffy pillow like perch that just depresses underneath you.
If you’re often riding over bumpy terrain, some saddles come fitted with seat springs – those from British Brand Brookes are the most famous example. The springs can dampen out some of the road buzz, and stop it from being transmitted to your buttocks.