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Selle SMP Glider Saddle
Selle SMP Glider Saddle
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Believe the hype. Unique ergonomic design has riders hooked on comfort in a time of sub-100 gram saddles that can barely be ridden. Cut-away and dropped nose relieves pressure on soft tissues and promotes blood circulation. Nap leather cover. Carbon infused Nylon-12 shell. Foamed elastomer padding. AISI 304 tubular steel rails. 266mm x 136mm. 270g. Made in Italy.

Weight: 270 grams

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Reviewed 1/17/2014
by Anonymous
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
Beware - Not great for everyone!

I read all the great reviews and had to get one. My first impression was positive, very comfortable for an hour long ride. Amazing relief in the crotch area. My subsequent rides were longer, and I found that after an hour the pain in my inner pelvic bones and sit bones was worse than any crotch pain I had previously. The saddle is too wide in the middle for me, and has zero flex or padding to absorb shock. The rear of the seat is rounded down on the sides, so my sit bones are perched on top with no support - also very painful. Sorry to say I had to return the saddle, but kudos to BTD for a hassle-free return process and immediate credit to my account. Still searching...

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Reviewed 10/18/2013
by comotionbiker
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Portland, OR
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not cheap, but a very well made, lightweight cut-away saddle

Yes, this saddle is expensive but it is also very comfortable for those of us dealing with numb crotch syndrome! I am somewhat concerned about what the rain will do to the hand wrapped leather but will try treating it with the right stuff. For a classy, lightweight cut-away saddle, this is an excellent choice.

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Reviewed 9/27/2013
by Anonymous
Chesapeake, VA
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Great comfortable saddle

This saddle is amazing I felt the difference almost immediately. This is a great saddle and really does relieve pressure on soft tissue and provides a comfortable saddle.

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Reviewed 7/5/2013
by Tarkio
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Boston
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6 of 6 customers found this review helpful.
Handmade Italian Art

Finding the right saddle for your bike can be frustrating and confusing. Although its commonly said that you should buy from your LBS so you can try the seats out, good luck. Most shops have very few test saddles and even fewer in the more expensive brands. Even if they carry a premium brand they probably only have one of the dozen or so different models. Also, it really takes several rides to decide on how the saddle fits. Here's why I went for the Selle SMP Glider.

When I ride I want the best protection (down there) that I can get. After weeks of searching web reviews I decided the Selle SMP Glider sounded perfect for me. It has slightly more high density foam than average, but it's not a sofa. It's narrow and relatively light, and looks great. My sit-bones (measured scientifically by sitting on corrugated cardboard and measuring the distance between the impressions) is a little over 100mm. The Glider is 136mm which should be about perfect. But I was worried since my cheap old saddle was 150mm, very firm, but very comfortable. The only reason I bought a new saddle was that my old seat had NO cut-away for protection from sensitive part injury.

I mounted my new seat using carpenters level to make sure it was flat (plenty of directions online), put it in the same relative position (nose to handlebars) as my previous seat and went for a 40-mile ride. Immediately I felt like I had made a mistake. I was very aware of weight on my sit bones after a few minutes. But after about 20 miles I barely noticed the saddle. A couple of days later I went out for a 51-mile ride. After another 20 miles or so I realized that I hadn't thought about the seat at all-it was incredibly comfortable and really helped my seated climbs due to the firm high density foam and the support it offered.

My old seat had been distributing my 195 pound 6'3 frame across my entire rear end, including a fair amount of weight on my crouch. An ergonomically-correct saddle like the Selle SMP Glider puts the weight mostly on your sit bones. You adjust quickly but it's quite different at first. You really realize how much of your ride had been supported in the WRONG place with a low quality saddle.

The SMP Glider is simply the most comfortable saddle I've ever used. And the prices and service at BTD are outstanding. The only downside of this seat is that you may get tired of other riders seeking you out to tell you this was the saddle they wish they could get.

So the big take-away for me is-you have to put some miles on a quality saddle before you can tell if it fits. One test ride won't do it. If you're a guy, spend some money on a saddle that protects your sensitive areas.

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Reviewed 5/20/2013
by Blade
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Seattle
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One of the great saddles on the market.

If you want to take the sensitive pressure issue off the table, this is the one to do it with. This is my second SMP and now have it on my good bike, as well as my rain bike..

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Reviewed 5/13/2013
by Seattle Pete
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Seattle, WA
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Love it - the best saddle I've ever had

Also the most expensive but I think it's well worth the money.

I originally purchased the SMP Pro saddle but it turned out too big for me. So I ordered SMP Glider instead and I've loved it pretty much from the beginning. It's a bit harder (and smaller and lighter) than the Pro but with better pants and longer rides, I got used to that fairly quickly. Just 2 days ago I did a 60-mile ride with absolutely no issues on my bottom parts (previously, my private parts would be numb). Of course the most important part is that this saddle does not push the soft tissue but rather my sit bones. What a wonderful change!

Oh, did I mention that it looks really cool?

I'd recommend Selle SMP saddle to anybody and everybody. Just make sure that the sizing is right (use Selle's size info to get close, and try couple different sizes). In my case, I felt a significant difference between Glider and Pro even though they are fairly close in size. Also, make sure that you position the saddle correctly - you have to get the angles just right so that you don't slide from the saddle and the saddle does not push at the front. I have no problem doing it myself but needed a few tries to get it right.

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Reviewed 5/13/2013
by Bikenut
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Cape Cod Ma & Boca Raton Fl
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I use this awesome saddle on both my bikes.

The SMP Glider is installed on both my bikes. It treats my nether region with care and respect.

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Reviewed 1/10/2013
by Jim Knoke
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Northern Virginia
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
Good looking saddles, but falls off to the side rapidly

Everyone is different, but I didn't like the shape. Tried it on the indoor trainer for 20 minutes and then put it back in the box. I found that it curves down around the sit bones quite rapidly and didn't like that feel. It seemed like there was too little pressure on the sit bones. I have an average width tush, but maybe one of the other Selle SMP models would feel wider.

I'm not sure this saddle would allow a lot of fore-aft movement of your butt during different kinds of riding. The front goes down and the back goes up. But some folks may not care about that.

I was a little turned off by the large number of models offered by Selle SMP. Seems like marketing tricks. I tried to sift through their documentation before my purchase, but in the end I may not have purchased the correct model for me.

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Reviewed 12/13/2012
by Anonymous
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Tampa,Fl
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Great saddle

I am a long time user of SMP Saddle this one was for a new Bike and as always great!

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Reviewed 10/4/2012
by Shawn
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Kansas City Mo.
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Best up grade I have made to my bike.

This seat has a firm padding as well as an ergonomically designed cut out to relief pain on sensative areas. Excellent for anyone serious about riding a saddle without creating numbness. Weather riding 10 miles or 100 plus, I have found this to be the most comfortable saddle I have ridden. The saddle is the best up grade I have made to my bike.

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Reviewed 10/4/2012
by Shawn
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Kansas City Mo.
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Best up grade I have made to my bike.

This seat has a firm padding as well as an ergonomically designed cut out to relief pain on sensative areas. Excellent for anyone serious about riding a saddle without creating numbness. Weather riding 10 miles or 100 plus, I have found this to be the most comfortable saddle I have ridden. The saddle is the best up grade I have made to my bike.

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Reviewed 8/23/2012
by Richland Biker
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Richland Wa.
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1 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
From the first time I sat on this saddle, I knew this was it.

I ride 2000 to 3000 miles a year. The saddle fit is very important. Iam a 60 year old guy who has been riding a lot of years. From the first time I sat on this saddle I knew this was it. After about five miles I forgot that I had a new saddle.To me it is well worth the money.I will probably get one for my mountain bike.

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Reviewed 8/7/2012
by Idratherberidingmystorck
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Chattanooga, TN
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Saved my a! Best saddle on the market for those of us with tinder parts....I'd fight for my SMP Glider!

I'm an avid cyclist and ride every century I can get my hands on. I live in the mountains and climb a lot! I started experiencing discomfort in my prostate area and was ready to find something else to do. My LBS recommend this saddle as a last alternative and it literally change my life! No more pain! And as for climbing, the drop on the nose of the saddle makes getting in and out of the saddle a breeze!

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Reviewed 6/1/2012
by Anonymous
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Rockford, IL
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2 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
Great saddle

This was my second SMP saddle for my second bike. Great saddle. No numbness. Very comfortable.

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Reviewed 3/20/2012
by Greg Kiger
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St Louis
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
Expensive but Cheap

Once I got above 4-6 hrs of saddle time per week I noticed numbness. At 10 hrs a week it impacted my performance in the bedroom, not good. Got this saddle despite the crazy high cost, now own 3, one for each bike. Huge difference, no pressure on soft tissue, just on sit bones where it belongs. Expensive but cheap compared to the cost of tissue damage.

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Reviewed 4/24/2011
by bonesb
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Portland OR
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8 of 8 customers found this review helpful.
Perfect saddle - at any price

After 30 years of cycling I've found the perfect saddle for assertive riding. During a week off I watched the Giro 2010 on Versus and spied a Selle SMP saddle on a rider's bike, and that chance viewing changed my riding experience!!! I didn't know which SMP saddle was on that rider's bike, however, Im fortunate to live in Portland OR and visited BTD to discover they have a trial program for SMP saddles - and settled on the Glider, which has the right padding and layout for me. After years of trying out other brands (Fizik, Selle Italia, Prologo - all in a bike bin now!) only a Brooks saddle on my old Raleigh is as comfortable. I've been riding my Glider for about a year now, and I am very happy with my purchase.

OK, SMP saddles aren't cheap, however, the saddles I tried and pitched or gave away were far more expensive in total. VelotechBTD is one of the rare US carriers of the SMP saddle line. You owe it to yourself and your derriere to at least try out an SMP saddle.

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Reviewed 11/21/2010
by Anonymous
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Willits, CA
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6 of 7 customers found this review helpful.
I won't ride anyother saddle.

I race with this saddle. The power I save being this comfortable more than makes up for the 100g weight penalty compared to other brands in this price range. I'm on my fifth saddle. Durability is a bit of an issue, but it's great to ride hard and long and never have to think about your pain or numbness from your saddle.

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Reviewed 5/7/2010
by sergeinc
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Spring Hill Florida
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4 of 6 customers found this review helpful.
It's worth the money!!!!

Great saddle, I used the saddle for approximately 2 years, and also rode, two century rides,very comfortable wouldn't look at another saddle.

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Reviewed 3/25/2010
by Stephen
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Boise, Id
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4 of 5 customers found this review helpful.
Amazing!

I love this saddle! I was a little skeptical about buying it, but after riding a lot of saddles that didn't work out, I decided to try this one to see if it was all that it was made out to be. I immediately felt more comfortable on the bike than ever before, and couldn't dream of going to another saddle again.

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