The first time I got on the Vertigo Max, I felt like I was on a comfy chair. I just seemed to melt down into it, and it provided very nice cushioning, and sort of cradled my derriere. The saddle has a long blunt and fat nose, and during aggressive nose riding it was a bit cumbersome, and I found it difficult to apply the pedal to the metal during spirited steeps climbs while pressing on the nose. Where the saddle really shined was banging along rough terrain, bashing through rock gardens and obviously anything downhill. This winter I have been riding the technical terrain at the Lake Pueblo Colorado trail system, and the rocky terrain, is ledgy, has lots of drop offs and can be somewhat abusive. The Vertigo Max takes the edge off the roughness, and makes riding there so much nicer. Whenever you are bashing and crashing through ugly terrain, the saddle is not only comfortable, but it gives you an excellent level of control, stability and security. The carbon fiber injected base provided a stiff substructure, was uber quiet, and the well padded and scooped out rear cradled you just right, and added an extra amount of control. On occasion during steep descents, the clunky nose and scooped rear gets in the way, unless the seat was lowered properly. I can rightfully say that as soon as I put the saddle on my 29er (which I tend to use in the winter at Pueblo), the bike’s comfort level went up greatly, and my butt cheered with joy! I am not sure if my butt can actually cheer, outside of its usual emissions, but you get the drift. For comparison, when I switched to a more cross country saddle (the fizik tundra), my butt defiantly felt a bit sorer, and I had to stand up and pedal to relieve muscle tension (or is that butt-al tension?).
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After enough time in the saddle, I have also gotten a bit used to the fat nose (easiest to call it that), and I can now climb pretty well with it, although it still isn’t a cross country hammerer. It took me some time to find the sweet spot for horizontal alignment (leveling), so it took some experimenting to get that set properly, so I was doing a lot tilting up or down. My Moots cinch seatpost made these micro adjustments extremely easy, and I finally ended with more forward tilt then I would have thought.
I have crashed pretty hard a number of times, and the material doesn’t seem to tear nor get abraded easily, and in addition a built in rear bumper protects and strengthens the lower back section. I have put the saddle through a lot of miles and abuse, it barely shows any signs of premature wear. The saddle is well padded (its squishy), so right below the long middle horizontal stitch line, there is a subtle wrinkle, but it has aged well (much like me) and has not shown any signs of weakness.
Weight – 267.8 grams
Size – 5 5/8 inches wide x 11 inches long
Nose – 1 3/4 inches wide x 4-5 inches long x 1.5 inches tall