I was coming off a relatively wide Selle saddle that was pretty cushy. I wanted a narrower profile both on the seat bones area and through the forward part of the saddle (mid to nose). This fit the bill on both counts. The padding is firm without compressing to create a solid seating area. It provides a platform feel that is stable and supportive. The channel, a feature I always have on saddles, worked as expected. The relative narrowness toward the front was appropriate for a big leg rider like me. The manufacturingfinish is excellent. Saddles are notoriously personal in fit, I can only say that this quality saddle provides a firm (not uncomfortable) surface and a taper that fits my physique.