Spe­cial­ized Power Pro Elas­ton

£190 › Shorty sad­dle gets a com­fort up­grade

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THE SPE­CIAL­IZED POWER SAD­DLE WAS orig­i­nally de­vel­oped for the Spe­cial­ized­spon­sored women’s team Lu­l­ule­mon, but it soon be­came clear that the de­sign worked for both men and women. As a re­sult, it’s be­come a favourite of many riders, ir­re­spec­tive of gen­der.

The beauty of the Power is that it’s more than just a short­ened ver­sion of a stan­dard sad­dle with a big chan­nel; it’s the prod­uct of Dr Roger Minkow’s stud­ies into pres­sure map­ping, blood flow and phys­i­ol­ogy. The re­sult­ing de­signs mean that Spe­cial­ized can of­fer the Power in dif­fer­ent widths with dif­fer­ent shapes, es­pe­cially in the chan­nel sec­tion.

Our tester, who used a 155mm sad­dle, has been im­pressed by the pre­vi­ous it­er­a­tion of Power, so this Elas­ton ver­sion had a lot to live up to. The Elas­ton el­e­ment sits in the mid-sec­tion of pad­ding, be­neath the tex­tured band. Elas­ton foam is con­structed from thou­sands of small balls that are bonded to­gether. Any­one fa­mil­iar with the lat­est light­weight run­ning shoes from Adi­das, Puma and Nike will recog­nise it im­me­di­ately.

Get­ting the po­si­tion right is cru­cial with any sad­dle, but es­pe­cially shorter de­signs like this, as they give you less room to move around. Once cor­rectly po­si­tioned, how­ever, the Power feels su­perb. The real dif­fer­ence is in how the Elas­ton pad­ding sec­tion feels – at once com­pli­ant and soft, with­out be­ing ‘squishy’. It’s like sit­ting on a top-qual­ity mem­ory foam mat­tress, but denser. It would be hard to lav­ish more su­perla­tives on this sad­dle but its com­fort is up there with the best we’ve tried – we’d use the Elas­ton Power for gravel or cy­clocross rides ev­ery day. At 230g for the 155mm ti­ta­nium-railed ver­sion, you’ll cer­tainly be able to find lighter op­tions, but we doubt you’ll find a more com­fort­able race sad­dle any­where.

The pin­na­cle of com­fort for min­i­mally sized rac­ing sad­dles

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