I have had a very difficult time trying to switch back from recumbent bicycles to upright bicycles. My back requires I sit nearly upright. I went through well over a dozen saddles including several Brooks saddles. before I purchased this one. I have been very pleased with the saddle on rides of 20 miles. I have had no significant pain. I have not toured with this saddle, although I plan on it. i feel the extra width is essential for the near upright rider. The saddle seems sturdy but somewhat flexible. I feel this saddle is great for the upright rider.