I just got a second Arione saddle from CRC, since I like the first one I have so much. But the design has changed. My old one has a separate strip of suede like material up the middle. The new one I was sent has a single piece cover with an area of small perforations in the central strip instead. The new design might be more durable, but I thought the point of the suede area was to provide a bit of grip.