2017 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Saddles


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The draw: Perfect split nose for smaller triathletes

Selle SMP is an Italian manufacturer that is well known for its wide variety of road saddles that have proven to be effective at relieving perineal pressure and at promoting good riding posture. Like all Selle SMP saddles, the T5 features a perineal cut-out that runs the entire length of the saddle and is available in many color options. The nose of the T5 is well padded and quite narrow, especially considering the generous pressure-relief cut-out. This saddle could be the answer for smaller triathletes who have tried split saddles and struggled with the overall width. If you are an average or larger athlete, you will likely find this saddle to be too narrow for you, but don’t fret: Selle SMP makes four other versions of this saddle in different widths.