- Jul 30, 2018 -
Why the center slit in some saddles:
Many bicycle saddles are built to protect your perineum-the area between the sit bones, through which traverse a plethora of nerves and arteries.These saddles reduce or eliminate the material in the middle of the saddle,both relieving pressure on the perineum and providing airflow and comfort during long rides.
Because everyone's anatomy is different,some riders find great relief with a perineal cutout;others use a saddle that either has a small indentation in the saddle or no accommodation at all.This kind of pressure-relieving design benefits most men and women but is truly a personal preference.
Hard-to-fit riders might even want to consider a split seat:side-by-side cushions on a noseless saddle.REI generally does not carry this type of specialty saddle