The saddle is covered in Microtex, which is a synthetic leather, and has 3 sides that have an internal carbon framing. The framing wraps around from the rear sides to the front and helps to protect the material edges. The material has held up well, and has survived a couple of good crashes, in which my body suffered a lot more damage than the saddle, thank goodness for my Chiropractor. The Microtex material does not fade, and is water resistant, which was noticeable when I didn’t get a wet butt after the bike got soaked in a rainstorm.
The saddle has 2 sections of the material, a shiny slightly stickier/tackier section that runs along the center of the saddle (more pronounced on the nose), and then a normal section running along the edges and the wings. This differential allows you to move easily around the saddle, but gives you some added traction/grip when either climbing or putting the pedal to the metal.
The saddle has a carbon reinforced nylon shell and is 290mm long and 125mm wide, while the nose is 40mm in width. It has a flat top with the rear sides drooping off in the typical Fi’zi:k wing fashion, and it is sort of shaped like a Mandolin. The nose is slightly squared and nice and wide, so it is a great place to roll up onto for those tough steep climbs, although it could use a more padding since it is a bit too hard.
When I was playing around with the saddle, a small plastic fi’zi:k logo on the bottom of the saddle seemed a bit loose to me. I then realized the logo fit into a small plastic receptacle under the saddle shell and was the spot for the Integrated Clip System (ICS), where you can directly connect a fi’zi:k rear light or a saddle bag without the need for straps. The ICS is a very nifty idea, and what a great place to incorporate something in a usually unused space. I tested out the fi’zi:k Blin:k rear light, which popped into the ICS slot easily. The rear light uses two LED’s and has a switch on the back (the light itself) that allows you to choose either a constant mode, a blinking mode or off. With the long summer hours, I didn’t really get to test it out, but it will be a nice addition for Fall, Winter and Springs rides in the dark. I always ride singletrack trails at dusk with front lights, so it will be nice to have a light on the rear, mostly to alert chasing bears to keep their distance. I did not get to test the fi’zi:k Saddle Pa:k, which comes in 2 sizes, a medium and a small.