Determined to find a spot with fresh sign or at least a palpable sense of deer in the immediate area, I went out scouting that afternoon. I found sign in the form of four scrapes along the edge of an AG field, and setup shop in a ground blind later that evening.
I had heard about them in some videos years ago, and read a handful of articles with people raving about saddles being the ultimate light weight, mobile hunting solution. I plan to add one of these saddle kits to my lineup in the near future, so look back here for a full review later on.
Trophy line appears to offer the best bang for your buck saddle kit options. The Tree Saddle is distributed around your body making it virtually unnoticeable as you move through the woods.
Patented Hammock style design Separate Lineman loops 24” Web Bridge Two rows of Molly attachment system. It features a lightweight brushed strict fabric with great stability and comfort.
It’s ideal for long walks into your hunting area and meant to be totally mobile. Patented design Separate Lineman loops 24” Web Bridge Two rows of Molly attachment system.
Square Mossy Oak Bottom land Tree Tether Accessory Pouch. The Hawk Helium Hammock Tree Saddle is another preferable option, as this kit includes a back band for additional support.
Chaos Camo Pattern Ultra Packable; entire kit fits into an 8” x 8” x 10” carrying bag Padded and removable seat Secure Setup; includes climbing grade rope and attachments Lightweight; entire kit weighs less than 4lbs. Aero Hunter Merlin tree saddle made specifically for fall prevention while tree hunting, rated 5000 lbs Saddle bridge is 1 heavy nylon webbing rated at 6500 lbs.
Tree strap made of All Gear 24-strand climbing rope rated 6300 lbs, in brown, for adjustable tree anchor, with Fusion double-locking carabiner Lineman’s belt made of All Gear 24-strand climbing rope, in green, with Fusion double-locking carabiner Eye-and-eye Prussia cord is Sterling 8 mm Flex Hitch cord, made of Techno/Polyester, strength 29 kN (6519 lbs) for secure and adjustable connection to the ropes Aero Hunter Back Band for positionable back support if and where you want it. Focused on creating gear that is high quality, light weight, comfortable, and mobile to enhance your overall hunting experience, Cruz saddles simply cannot be left off this list.
The company offers a wide range of saddle hunting equipment, but also sells two different kits if you prefer to go that route. The S offers a solid mesh seat and is also equipped with quick release buckles, fixed static rope bridge, and two rows of Molly loops.
The top row of Molly loops are loose for ease of clipping in carabiners and other gear. The BC boasts a pleated mesh X mansion Ch amber that when opened adds a whole new level of comfort and cupping for your backside.
The BC is also equipped with quick release buckles, fixed static rope bridge, and two rows of Molly loops. The top row of Molly loops are loose for ease of clipping in carabiners and other gear.
I added the Method Saddle from Latitude Outdoors after a reader steered me in their direction. The Method saddle features a unique dual panel design for supreme comfort to get you through even your longest days of hunting.
Without having any experience with this saddle, I like the idea of being able to adjust those panels on the fly based on how my back is holding up while on stand. The Method starter kit contains everything needed to get started saddle hunting and it is rigged and ready to go out of the package.
Choose either the Method Saddle with Australia D-Ring buckle for a redundant safety system or a featherlight, deadly silent,Op lux rope belt. Components includeBlack Diamond carabiners, tender, and manufacturer recommended 6 mm TRC schwabisch hitch cord.
Our team of expert testers have ridden a huge range of different saddles, in various shapes and sizes, and we’ve assembled a list of what we think are the most comfortable bike seats for road cycling. While this might not quite be a substitute for personal testing, this guide should help you narrow down your choices and enable you to make a more informed decision for your next purchase.
Fabric Line-S Elite Flat: £60 / €80 / $80 Argon SR Pro: £120 / $130 Fabric Scoop Pro: £130 / €170 / $180 Fiji Tempo Argo R3: £130 / €140 / $150 Specialized Power Expert: £105 / €130 / $160 Sell Italy Nous Boost Kit Carbonic Super flow: £220 / €240 / $300 Specialized Power Pro Easton: £190 / €240 / $275 Toga Undercover Stratum: £170 Outrage Aeolus Elite: £90 / €100 / $150 Fiji Ali ante R1 Open: £165 / €179 / $199 Fiji Ali ante R1 Versus Eve: £190 / €210 / $199 Fiji Luce R5: £90 / €99 / $99 PROLOG Dimension Back: £200 / €195 PROLOG Dimension NDR Tirol CPC: £165 / €159 PROLOG Scratch M5: £120 / €135 Scion Élan: £180 / €199 Sell Italy SLR Boost TM: £120 / €140 / $170 Specialized Power Arc Pro: £175 / $225 Synchros Torino 1.0: £135 / €164 The idea behind the Line-S is to create a saddle that’s comfortable by reducing the pressure on soft tissue when holding an aggressive ride position.
Comfort and performance is a match for much more costly saddles, and there’s even a choice of widths (145 mm or 155 mm) meaning more people will be able to find a suitable fit. At 261 mm in length, it’s also a centimeter or two longer than some ‘short’ saddles, but it still worked very well for our tester when riding in aggressive positions.
£130 / €170 / $180 Comfortable traditionally shaped saddle Range of profiles to suit different positions Its 282 mm length allows plenty of room to move around and it’s well priced considering it has carbon rails that help keep weight down.
It’s traditionally shaped, with no pressure relieving channel, but we didn’t find this affected performance, however, it’s a very comfortable saddle. The Tempo Argo is Fiji’s new, slightly longer short-nosed saddle aimed at endurance riders.
A short nosed saddle with a generous cut out and a touch of extra length, the Tempo Argo is aimed at endurance riders. It has firm, supportive padding that’s slightly thicker than Fiji’s race saddles, which is great for soaking up road vibrations.
Our tester found it offered excellent comfort levels and had enough flex in the wings to allow for natural movement. Sell Italy’s Nous Boost Kit Carbonic Super flow saddle.
Thanks to Sell Italy’s ID-match fit system, our tester was able to quickly find the right size, and if you can’t quite stomach the price of this top of the range model, the Nous Boost starts at a more affordable £79.99 / $109.99 / €89.90. One of the initiators of the short saddle trend, the Power Expert is stubby, wide and has a deep central cut out.
It’s all designed to relieve pressure on soft tissue, and therefore make riding in aggressive positions more comfortable. Clearly proud of its saddle, Specialized’s designers opted for a blatant callout of the Easton material.
Well the price is pretty high and the looks aren’t our favorite, but if those things don’t bother you, this could be the last saddle you’ll ever buy. The Toga Undercover Stratum saddle uses a web-like shell covered in a thin X-Pad SL closed-cell EVA foam.
The Aeolus Elite is a short saddle with an up swept rear and a very generous cut out, designed for competitive riders of any gender. Our female tester found it provided a very comfortable platform, especially when riding in aggressive positions.
At just 196g, the carbon railed version is also reasonably lightweight, making it the perfect addition to a race bike. The Ali ante R1 Eve differs from the Open version by having a more flexible carbon hull and more generous padding.
It’s designed to be the ideal Ali ante for endurance riders, but we found it was also very good if you spend a lot of time hammering away in the drops, sitting forward on the nose of the saddle. There, the generous padding and channel help relieve pressure on your soft tissue, but still offer a stable platform to put the power down.
£90 / €99 / $99 Women’s specific design Narrow nose and traditional length Choice of widths The Luce R5 is a women’s-specific saddle with a long, 280 mm length and flexible wings to prevent thigh rub.
Like the Specialized Power saddle, it has a large pressure-relief channel, with high density padding and a stepped nose that makes riding in an aggressive position very comfortable. The PROLOG Dimension NDR Tirol CPC uses carbon fiber for its hull construction, with varying degrees of thickness for targeted stiffness and flexibility across the saddle.
(perineal area system) channel and NDR high-density padding, makes it a supremely comfortable saddle. The tiny volcano-shaped rubberized tubes offer phenomenal grip in both wet and dry conditions, and keep you firmly planted in the right place.
Provided this suits your sit bones it means there’s little chance of anything rubbing your thighs and though there’s no cut out, the padding is strategically applied to minimize soft tissue pressure. Its generous padding and deep center help to create a supremely comfortable saddle.
The padding is very generous, and this combined with a large, central cutout and flexible hull means it’s a supremely comfortable saddle. Following modern trends, Sell Italy’s SLR Boost TM is a little shorter and wider than it was previously.
The central channel is also very shallow, but it works much better than its appearance suggests, making for a supportive, comfortable saddle, even when tucked down in an aero position. The Specialized Power Arc Pro features a more curved Body Geometry shape.
Our tester found it to be a very comfortable racing saddle, with the large, central cut-out providing excellent pressure relief. At 248 mm long and 135 mm wide, it’s slightly longer and narrower than other short saddles, such as the Specialized Power, but the flat profile, large cut-out and plush padding make this a very comfortable perch nevertheless.
As expected for a saddle of this price, the base and rails are both carbon, and there are hidden mounting bolts for a range of accessories. Unlike most saddles, the cover is replaceable, meaning you can swap it for a different color or padding level if the stock build isn’t quite right (though this would come at an additional cost).
The Latest deals It’s an unfortunate fact that most road saddles are designed with male anatomy in mind by default. That’s not to say that a saddle designed for men can’t work for women too, but the realities of biology mean fit requirements are likely to be somewhat different.
Long, curved shapes such as the Sell San Marco Concord were the hot item through the eighties and nineties, then we had long and flat like the Fiji Ariane in the 2000s, and more recently the trend has been for short and wide, such as the Specialized Power. Personal preference will always play a big role, so ideally you want to be able to try out saddles of different shapes before you commit to anything.
You can of course go it alone, but the trial and error process can get expensive very quickly unless you beg, borrow and steal from your riding buddies. These saddles tend to feature more radical shapes and designs, all with the intention of maximizing soft tissue pressure relief while in an aggressive riding position.
Specialized, for example, offers an in-store method of measuring the distance between your sit bones and determining the ‘correct’ width saddle you require. As already mentioned, the current trend is for shorter saddles that aim to fix you in a single position (i.e. with the pressure on your sit bones) while you ride.
This doesn’t work for everyone though, and there are many who prefer the extra room to move around that a longer saddle provides. Longer saddles offer the opportunity to shift your weight around, rather than keep it concentrated in one place for the duration of your ride.
This sounds great in principle, but if you’re finding that you just can’t get comfortable on any saddle, and need extra length to move around and constantly relieve the pressure on your undercarriage, there may be other fit issues at play, such as excessive saddle to bar drop. That said, most saddles do incorporate some sort of padding as a method of protecting against vibrations and bumps in the road.
Generally speaking, though, we would tend to recommend harder padding for road cycling because a saddle that’s too soft can often lead to an inconsistent fit over the course of a long ride. If you’re finding pressure building up in specific areas, more often than not it’s a problem with shape or width, rather than a lack of padding.
Again, we’ll have to caveat this by saying that everyone is, of course, different and that a good bike fit is often the best way of targeting any specific issues you’re having.