Hard as wood is an apt description- you can rap your knuckles on this thing and draw blood. Your first several rides will be filled with regret- what the hell was I thinking- this is like hiking all day and then sitting on a rock while cooking over a campstove. You'll fiddle with the setback and angle, think more than once about returning it, but damn, once you get it dialed in, this is a pretty magical saddle. It definitely disappears in the way you really want this particular piece of equipment to. The pressure relief in the perineum region is profound. If you're suffering at all from discomfort, numbness, etc. down there, make the jump to a cut-out saddle sooner rather than later. I rode a Fizik Arione for years, and it was fun while it lasted, but I've lived to regret it.
The aesthetic is great from all angles too.
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