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SELLE SAN MARCO - SHORTFIT-C DYNAMIC - ROAD.CC - 9 OUT OF 10 - 1 OCTOBER 2017

01/10/2017

ROAD.CC

9 OUT OF 10

The Shortfit-C Dynamic saddle from Selle San Marco is an excellent all-round saddle that will suit those with medium to wide sit bones who want something pressure-relieving for training, sportives and even long tours. The weight is pretty good and construction quality is high for the price, meaning this should appeal to serious riders and weekenders alike.

It measures 144mm across, which isn't super-wide but enough that those with narrow sit bones might 'sink' a little into the large central cutout. For the rest of us, it feels great as soon as you take your place. I didn't find myself shuffling around to find a groove and the position was very fixed.

The actual stack is quite high as the padding is tall and deep, to the point where I needed to lower my seatpost slightly when replacing it with a much slimmer saddle on my road bike. I did wonder if all that padding would mis-shape over a longer ride and give me a sinking feeling, but after a 60-miler it held firm and I was very impressed with it. This is where the saddle's 'microfeel' cover gets to work, which Selle San Marco says is lighter than traditional materials and less deformable.

The saddle is supposed to be for riders who like a more aggressive, fixed position, but having ridden it with and without padded shorts I would consider this saddle for touring and audax riding too because it's comfy yet firm. The grip from the cover is truly non-slip, and I felt no unwanted movement on my test rides.

The product description says the rails are manganese, which is more a marketing term really: manganese is an element added to steel (usually around 1% of the whole product), which, according to Selle San Marco, in the case of saddle rails lessens the corrosion and strengthens them. In a real world setting they're light and strong and I found them no better or worse than titanium, stainless steel or alloy rails often found at this price point, but if the manganese infusion increases their life then that's all good with me.

Overall, I was highly impressed with the Shortfit-C Dynamic saddle. It eats up road buzz, is very comfortable, and although the padding is quite deep, it would still be welcome on my racing bike any time.

Rate the product for quality of construction: 9/10 Nice shape that keeps you in a fixed position, good material choices, and nice and sturdy.
Rate the product for performance: 8/10 Does what it says, keeps its shape and has a good non-slip cover.
Rate the product for durability: 9/10 No signs of wear so far, and manganese-infused rails should increase durability.
Rate the product for weight (if applicable) 9/10 Lighter than more expensive saddles in Selle San Marco's range, and lighter than most others at this price point.
Rate the product for comfort (if applicable) 9/10 For me the saddle proved very comfortable – if your sit bones are narrow you may struggle to get a groove, though.
Rate the product for value: 8/10 Impressive features for the price.

 

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose Very well, keeping me comfortable and in position for hours.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product The cutout, which allowed me to get into a nice groove.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product Nothing springs to mind.

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 score Serious racers might find this saddle a little too squidgy, and the cutout won't work for everyone, but if the shape suits then the Shortfit-C Dynamic is an excellent performer: a comfortable all-rounder at a great price.

Overall rating9/10