Fizik Arione R3 Carbon Braided Saddle

The new Fizik Arione R3 Braided Carbon Rails Saddle doesn't get the full-carbon shell or chassis of the more expensive R1 or 00 Ariones, but it still offers the same superb comfort that more flexible riders have come to expect from the Arione name. Not able to easily touch your toes? We'd recommend the Antares or Aliante saddles, but for the limber among us who spend a lot of time down in the drops, the Arione is the way to go. 

Again, rather than the carbon-intensive shells of its more expensive siblings, the R3's thermoplastic composite shell is reinforced with fiberglass in the rear portion where your sit bones reside. It's a touch heavier, but just as accommodating, with similar flex properties. This provides a solid seating platform where it's necessary, and not where it isn't. Surrounding, and in-between those pieces, is the highly flexible thermoplastic. This forms what Fi'z:k calls Wing Flex. Wing Flex allows riders of varying pelvis and thigh shapes to find a comfortable position on the Arione R3 for a nearly custom fit. It also assures that pedaling is as nonrestrictive as possible. Finishing off the construction, the shell has been covered with a Microtex fabric that's durable and easy to clean. This Arione R3 uses Fizik's braided carbon rails that measure 7mm x 9mm, making them compatible with the vast majority of seatpost clamp interfaces.