Comfort is the most important aspect of a saddle I'd say, and happily the SDG Allure scores well on that front – although comfort is a highly personal issue, of course. It's also a decent weight, an attractive as well as functional design, well constructed and reasonably priced to boot(y).
- Pros: Reasonably light, comfortable with well-placed cutout, good looking and well made
- Cons: The minimal padding might feel a bit too firm for some
The cutout isn't overly large compared to my previous saddle, the Selle Italia Diva Gel Flow (which Lara tested in 2015), but it is well positioned and I found it does a great job of relieving pressure – absolutely crucial to a saddle's comfort. The Allure tips the scales at a respectable 268g (claimed 260g), just a shade more than the Diva.
SDG says this female-specific saddle is designed for all riding disciplines, and I found it performs well both on and off road. It is relatively narrow, at 143mm, and is only available in this one width; this, combined with the cutaway side profile, allows unrestricted leg movement, aiding pedalling efficiency. I actually prefer this narrowness to the 152mm-wide Diva.
It is quite long too, at 265mm, with a slim down-curved nose. This gives you plenty of room to shift your weight forward for climbing, while the seat's flat shape makes it easy to move around.
The low-profile Allure is made from high-quality materials and is well put together. It sports a lightweight nylon fibre base and LPU foam padding – although some might find the padding a bit too minimal. Compared to the more generously upholstered Diva Gel Flow, it has a very firm feel and it did take me a few rides for my behind to adapt to it. The Allure's wings are not as flexible as the Diva's either, although this didn't pose any problem, particularly because of its narrower width. Having spent several long days in the saddle, I can vouch for its comfort.
The Allure comes in two models: with titanium-alloy rails, tested here, or chromoly rails. The Ti-alloy version, as well as saving weight, is a little more forgiving because the titanium offers slightly more flex than chromoly, and helps absorb road vibrations. You pay for the privilege, though, as the chromoly model retails around £20 less, but then it weighs about 50g more.
Price-wise it compares well with others we've tested on road.cc. A lighter but similar sounding firm-rather-than-armchair option that Sarah got on well with is Fizik's Luce S-Alloy, at 250g and £86.99, and Tass liked the Specialized Ruby Expert, rrp £115 and weight 256g. But you can pay less: I really liked the £49.99 Fabric Scoop Gel saddle; no cutout but lots of comfort and not that much heavier at 273g.
Ultimately, I found the Allure very comfortable, and I'm impressed by its durability – the synthetic cover hasn't scuffed in a few months of riding, and it's easy to wipe clean. I also like that it doesn't look 'girly' and it comes in a veritable rainbow of colours so you can coordinate it with your bike.
A firmer feel than some, but ultimately comfortable for long day rides and for off-road use too
road.cc test report
Make and model: SDG Allure Women's Ti-Rail saddle
Size tested: 143mm
Tell us what the product is for
SDG says: "Anatomically designed, forgiving and comfortable. Ideal for: All female specific disciplines"
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Length x Width: 265mm x 143mm
Flat-Forward Platform: Allows ease of movement on the saddle
Down Curved Nose: Aids in climbing and prevents snagging
Full Cut-Out: Provides soft tissue relief
Plush Light-Weight PU Foam
Nylon Fiber Base
2pc Seamless Stitched Cover
Looking very good after a lot of use.
There are lighter, but it's good for the money.
It took a bit of getting used to but ultimately I found it very comfortable – backed up by some long day rides.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Well – I generally found it very comfortable, though it took a bit of getting used to.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The minimal padding felt a bit harsh at first.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
The combination of excellent quality and durability with good comfort and decent weight warrants an 8 in my opinion, but saddles are such an individual preference not everyone might find it as comfortable.
About the tester
I usually ride: Marin Point Reyes 29er My best bike is: Whyte T-130 RS
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, club rides, mountain biking, audax