Selle SMP Stratos Review

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Bottom Line
I am quite happy with the odd alien saddle, and have found it comfortable, and extremely useful for technical terrain, especially when climbing or prying with the excellent beak nose. It is easy to position on a seatpost, and has some sound medical benefits built into the synergistic features. The slot, cradle and beak nose is functional, reducing perineum pressure, offering good blood flow to the legs, and comfort and impact cushioning to the soft tissue. The massive slot might not agree with everyone, though I found it worked well for me.

Strengths
- Comfortable
- Beak nose doesn’t snag on shorts
- Beak nose platform is excellent for climbs
- Medically sound

Weaknesses
- High sweep rear can snag on apparel
- Saddles are pelvic width specific
- Expensive
- Defined sweetspots in the rear and middle

MSRP: $249.99

Overall Rating: 4.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

Visit the SMP website at http://www.smpselle.com/smp4bike/

Company Fodder:
The Stratos model is the ideal seat for both intensive training and free time cycling. It uses the structure of the Composit model joined with average padding. It is covered in real leather in the black versions and Lorica microfiber in the colored versions. It has excellent “all-around” features and is particularly suited for the average pelvis. The STRATOS model has foamed elastomer padding where the ischial tuberosities and rear rest. The patented features by Selle SMP, such as the completely free central channel, the original eagle-beak nose and the raised rear give these models an interesting aerodynamic touch. In virtue of the combination of light yet comfortable padding with a body of smaller width, Stratos is the ideal solution between the Evolution and Glider models. Suited for people with a narrow or medium-sized pelvis.

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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