review

Selle San Marco AllRoad Open-Fit Dynamic saddle

8
£89.99

VERDICT:

8
10
A comfortable saddle that sucks up rough roads and bumps, great for gravel and winter training
Comfort without excessive padding
Decent weight
Maybe too much flex for some
Weight: 
192g

The Selle San Marco AllRoad Open-Fit Dynamic saddle performs well across a multitude of terrains, designed for riders who "enjoy new adventures on and off road" according to the company's UK distributor. It's a little flexible for those looking for a performance saddle, but if all-day comfort is what you're looking for – on tarmac or not – it's certainly one to try.

As with any saddle review, comfort is subjective, and my findings are from my personal experience. Saddles are arguably the most subjective element of a bike, depending on your body type. To find out whether a saddle is for you, you should always try to test it first.

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As the name suggests, Selle San Marco has designed the AllRoad for a variety of riding, including gravel, with several elements helping to ensure its suitability for rough rides. One such is the amount of flex and padding. Manganese rails provide durability from the excessive vibrations that rough/gravel riding often brings, but they also offer a degree of flex which helps with comfort on rough surfaces.

The shell is carbon fibre-reinforced, which adds a bit of stiffness to the saddle and helps with power transfer. It hasn't been designed with this as the highest priority, but it certainly helps when trying to put the power down when climbing, for example.

Comfort is at the core of the saddle in more ways than just the flex on offer. It won't have escaped your notice that it has a large cutout to help relieve pressure on the perineum during longer rides. Width plays a part too: the saddle is 146mm at its widest, with a very narrow front end to prevent rubbing and chafing. It's also curved with a slight wave from back to front. For my body type it's very comfortable, but it's worth repeating that this is very personal to me – you might prefer something flatter.

The saddle upper is a material called Microfeel, which Selle San Marco describes as a 'breathable covering with high abrasive resistance'. It's too early to say just how robust this material is against normal wear and tear, but from a month or so of testing it's holding up well.

The AllRoad hits the scales at 192g, which for a saddle focused on comfort is pretty impressive. It's available in a couple of other options, the Allroad Racing Wide and AllRoad Carbon FX Wide, with this Dynamic Wide being the cheapest at £89.99. This puts it up against several other comfort-focused saddles but it holds its own: the PRO Turnix Gel Saddle is another £10 more and weighs 80g more, while the Specialized Toupe Comp Gel saddle is £5 less but 50g heavier.

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Overall, I was impressed with this saddle. It's comfortable, decent value, and not bad at all when it comes to power transfer. It won't be for everyone, given that it's optimised for comfort over performance, but is a good choice for everyday riding, rough roads and long days in the saddle, including audax riding and winter training.

Verdict

A comfortable saddle that sucks up rough roads and bumps, great for gravel and winter training

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Selle San Marco AllRoad saddle

Size tested: WIDE (L3)

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?

It's designed for multi-terrain use, particularly gravel.

Selle San Marco says, "This saddle was developed for bikers who enjoy taking on different terrain, like Gravel. It is designed with a very narrow front end to provide maximum freedom of the legs while pedalling, thus preventing bothersome rubbing and chafing. The Allroad also features an ample area of ischiatic support, with a slight lift on the edge of the back end to provide optimal support for the cyclist during long rides.

"The wide central opening ensures adequate blood circulation and prevents uncomfortable pressure. Finally, the padding with increasing levels of thickness to offer a pleasant feeling on off-road terrain."

You can certainly tell this was designed for gravel and rough surfaces, which also makes it a great comfortable winter saddle.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Selle San Marco lists:

Rail : Manganese

Shell : Carbon Fiber Reinforced

Foam : Biofoam

Cover : Microfeel

Dimension : 268x146

Weight : 200 gr

Level : Dynamic

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

Feels like a well-made saddle, with a decent amount of flex and durable material used throughout.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

Performed very well throughout the review. It's not a performance saddle that you'd want on a race bike, but is ideal for those long hard winter miles or rougher roads and tracks.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

Early days but seems durable throughout, from the manganese rails designed to take impacts, through to the Microfeel upper.

Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
7/10

Although it's not the lightest saddle on the market, it is impressive for the price.

Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)
 
9/10

Saddles are always subjective, but for me this was very comfortable.

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Pretty good value for a comfortable saddle that's not too weighty. Other similar comfort-focused saddles include the PRO Turnix Gel Saddle, which is another £10 and weighs 80g more, and the Specialized Toupe Comp Gel saddle, which is £5 less but 50g heavier.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Very well – it sucks up bumps and rough roads without any issues.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The level of comfort without excessive padding.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Too flexy for performance use.

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

It's not going to be for those looking to put the power down, but it's a great choice for rough rides or long winter training miles.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 32  Height: 6 ft  Weight:

I usually ride: CAAD13  My best bike is: Cannondale Supersix Evo

I've been riding for: Under 5 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,

George spends his days flitting between writing about data, running business magazines and writing about sports technology. The latter gave him the impetus (excuse) to get even further into the cycling world before taking the dive and starting his own cycling sites and writing for Road.cc. 

When he is not writing about cycling, he is either out on his bike cursing not living in the countryside or boring anybody who will listen about the latest pro peloton/cycling tech/cycling infrastructure projects.  

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