The Sportourer X Race saddle has been made with those who want a little bit of comfort in mind. It's a budget saddle, perfect for leisure riders and commuters.
The manufacturers claim that the Gel Flow system is good for longer rides and that the saddle is light, although at 370g it's not that light.
It is 272mm in length and 140mm wide, meaning it's wider than most performance saddles, but this is down to the additional padding. The padding is very decent and goes from the rear of the saddle almost all the way down the nose.
The rails are made of steel and are marked to make adjusting and fitting the saddle really easy. Once fitted to the bike, and it's suitable for mountain or road bikes, it does feel comfortable. I spent a good couple of hours in the saddle and it really was comfy. This would make it perfect for those who commute or ride for leisure and shorter times.
I have used it a few times for shorter rides as I prefer a more performance based saddle for longer rides, but that really is personal preference. It definitely made going over bumps and kerbs much easier due to the silicone gel. But ultimately it was just too wide for me long term.
As this saddle is a little thinner in width than other gel saddles, you could easily use it on slightly longer rides without hurting your legs. I couldn't see myself using it much beyond 2-3 hour rides though because I feel I would begin to hurt in my riding position.
The width is personal preference and may not be an issue for some people. If you are looking for comfort in a saddle that can do a bit of distance, then this may be for you.
Cheap and cheerful saddle that is really comfy
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Make and model: Sportourer X Race saddle
Size tested: black, Gel Flow, ST200
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
The saddle is aimed at road and mountain bike users. Sportourer say "The lightness of the smooth asphalt, the urge for adventure that takes you on the rough road, a steep downhill descent, the unexpected scenario ready to surprise you after every bend. Sportourer is everything you see and that excites you while riding. The pleasure of not having any particular place to go, apart from the constantly changing horizon.". The saddle was certainly comfortable and made for a decent ride, even over the rough bits.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Gel flow cutout
FeC alloy rails
A well put together saddle that has no flaws; it's strong and will really last.
In terms of comfort, this is a decent saddle.
It is on the heavy side for a saddle. But makes up for this in comfort.
It's designed for comfort and it delivers.
A real budget saddle that delivers. You can also get it cheaper if you shop around.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It was comfortable, easy to fit and a pleasure to use.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
I liked the comfort of the saddle for shorter rides.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Age: 34 Height: 158cms Weight: 61kg
I usually ride: Giant defy My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: A few times a week I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, mtb,