I was getting punished by earlier saddles, except with a particular Selle I was once using (a great seat itself but heavy). I'm glad I made the jump to the PRO Stealth. It has the "Love Channel" cut out that I much appreciate, but as a heavier rider (235 -240 lbs) my expectations were rather modest about how it was going to work out. this was especially the case once I received it and saw how slim its profile was. There isn't a lot of padding there! But honestly, most of us road cyclist don't want a saddle that is bulky and pillowy ... in our way for pedaling action. I ride mostly on weekends, but do get in a bike commute to work once a week or more (15 -17 miles one-way). Well this saddle feels great on both so far! I haven't taken it beyond 40 miles in one ride session yet, but I am far and away suffering less on shorter rides and commutes than before.
I am an aggressive female rider. I am either in the drops or on the hoods. I have no use for the tops or ramps. When in the drops, I rotate my hips such that I have a flat back, and I bend my arms a bit to lower my body even more if on a short ride(20 miles), with a flat back so the soft flesh gets smashed into the saddle. This saddles cut out alleviated that problem perfectly, and much better than any other saddle I have ever owned. The wide, stiff, nose provides great support with enough real estate to be comfortable. The downside is - I am petite (52, 106 lbs, all around athletic build) - my thighs, with a lightweight chamois, do rub oh so slightly on that wide nose. I have never before had that happen with a saddle. The short nose is great for sprints, off the saddle and in the drops. I am always hopping or sliding around either by choice or by saddle (it actually bugs me) but my bum rarely moves on this one. I feel no need and the saddle doesnt make me slide. I love this saddle. it is by far the most comfortable saddle I have ever ridden. Absolutely love it. So glad i bought it.
The saddle detail This seat has a little padding(perfect amount), it is not rock hard. The profile of the seat is flat. It has very little curvature through 65mm at the back edge of the saddle. The widest part of the saddle is 150mm (at the widest part of the triangular shape). The cut out is approx. 40mm at the widest point, which is at the back end, with a length of 130mm cut thru cutout but approx. 170mm functional cutout (the front part continues with a depression). The nose is wide! - at 50mm back from the front edge it is 50mm wide. it is fat.
I have bought 4 of these from bike tires direct. All Carbon or stainless steel and a titanium from a bike shop. When I started cycling I found it difficult to find a saddle that worked for me and I knew it could be expensive buying various saddles trying to find the right one. I bought my first Pro Stealth Saddle from bike tires direct because of their return policy. The saddle is firm but easy on the Buttocks. I buy the 152mm which gives me a little extra support to move around on the saddle when I need to change my position a little. I apply a leather saddle soap on the saddles when they arrive a after years and miles of riding they still look new. The cutout does a fantastic job keeping sensitive nerves off the saddle but just remember you still have to find the correct saddle position for you. In all orders from bike tires direct I have received my items within 3 or 4 days.
The saddle short front helped in relieving pressure to the leg and arm circulatory system. I do not feel the numbness during long rides as I experienced in my old saddle. My old saddle also had the central cut out. The seat is hard and took a couple of rides to get use to. I wear several types of riding shorts some with gel and some without. The change in wear helps with comfort in long rides.
Wanted to try a short nose saddle for that one sweet spot position instead of moving around on it, and this is a bullseye. This is a way better saddle than the prologo dimension space in quality and comfort that I had before this.
A saddle is one of the hard bike parts to find to your liking. I am an aggressive club cyclist about 6000 miles a year. I tried other brands, articles have talked about Power saddles, usually shorter length. I tried a couple but for me the shorter saddle hit me in an area that you do not want pressure. The Pro Stealth Saddle is 10 mm longer and solved the pain issue. You will need take your time finding position that agrees with you. The saddle cradles you (hence the reason for calling power saddle) feels like saddle gives you an area to hold you firmly to pedal with more power. The longer nose allows me to slide forward comfortably when needing more power to pedals. I ordered with stainless rails as I had issues on previous saddles with carbon rains. (breakingsplitting) Would be an almost perfect saddle if a little more flexibility. Maybe a carbon base. Padding makes comfortable. Weight is fine, to me comfort more important than saving an ounce or two. great saddle and price!
As my first test of the snub nosed saddles, this one was very nice, but I think the Pro Stealth Offroad version will fix the concerns I had, especially since I use it for gravel and cyclocross. Total relief on your undercarriage is great. No numbness at all. I loved riding on the very front of the saddle since it was nice and wide. This saddle is very flat from front to rear, but I prefer a bit of an uptail to push against in the back. The kicker for me is that although the padding is very nice, the saddle base itself does not flex. I think saddles should have a little give.
Saddles are very personal and while this one didn't fit well with me, it may very well fit for others. It has a flat perch for those who prefer that over curved shapes. Its nose is short but wide which provides a forward sitting position. The cutout is large and comfortable. Its surface material is slippery and encourages movement. The prices is reasonable compared to other high end saddles.
Snubby saddles are a Thing now, so I bought this saddle to experiment. I put about 200 miles on it but could never find a comfortable position, and always felt the edges cutting into my thighs and crotch. I attribute this to the width, standard is 142mm, but I've always ridden saddles in the 135mm range. If you're a bigger person with wider sitbones, this saddle might serve you better than it did me.
On a positive note, PRO has a generous comfort guarantee, which allows you to return their saddles within a limited timeframe if you don't like them. I returned mine promptly and BTD issued a refund within a week.
I like the quality of this saddle. The cut out in the center surely helps with numbness in the lower region, which is why i bought it. The saddle is fairly flat, with minimal padding and very stiff. If the shape is something you think might work for you it should be a candidate.
Bought this as a replacement saddle after I destroyed my previous one in a crash. It's a good saddle, I've used it racing and training for a couple of months and I like it, but I always find saddle preference is pretty personal.
Being 53 I have had a hard time finding the right saddle. I tend to ride in a more aggressive position and the wide gap make it much easier while relieving some of the pain during longer rides. It would get 5 stars but it
really needs better padding. I would get another one if the padding was more substantial.
As we know, saddle preference is very personal as our pelvic floor differs greatly. Prior to beggin your saddle search, is beneficial to know if your sitting area will match better to a fairly flat saddle such as this or you need a more rounded profile design. I found this saddle extremely comfortable, I have big thighs and the wide nose does not affect my ride as other reviews might suggest, my position is not super aggressive and somewhat upright, and I still find saddle comfy and supportive. Saddle feels stiff but i don't dislike after many hours in the road.
I tried this saddle coming from a Specialized Power and Power Arc. I liked the position those put me in but the narrow nose was causing some discomfort and chafing. The PRO Stealth is similar to the Power, but the wider nose makes a world of difference. I've been on the Stealth for about 6 weeks and have not experienced any unwanted pressure or chaffing. Considering putting one on my TT bike as well.