Photo: Oliver Baker

Profile Design Vertex Ti


$95, Backcountry.com

The draw: Proven non-split nose option

The Profile Design Vertex is an updated version of Profile Design’s popular Tri Stryke saddle. The Vertex features a high-quality synthetic cover, a big improvement from the neoprene-like finish of its predecessor, which wore out quickly. For those who haven’t made the leap to a true split-nose saddle, this is likely the best option built on a ”traditional” saddle chassis. Unlike a split nose, this saddle attempts to relieve saddle pressure via a generously padded and wide nose, which dissipates pressure over the entire perineal area rather than loading directly on the pubic bones.