It is 2018 and in the Chinese Zodiac, 2018 is the Year of the Dog. Velo Saddles is honoring all canines with a limited edition saddle on which a Golden Retriever with a cute blue collar emblem and matching gold metal dog chain on the rear of the saddle is stitched.
The canvas on which the Golden Retriever and matching gold chain sits is the Velo Prevail Glide model, which debuts this fall.
Anyway, enough about dogs. On to the review!
What I liked
No saddle pain or numbness. At first glance, I noticed its lack of center drop-out and this made my nether regions hurt even before I put it on my bike. You know the pain I’m talking about: pressure, pain and a whole lot of squirming to find the non-existent point of relief. The Y-shaped drop-out in the center of a saddle (if you have a quality saddle) is to ease pressure down “there”. However, the Velo Prevail Glide does in fact have a Y-shaped cutout; you just can’t see it because it’s buried deep within the saddle. Like all saddles, it’s rare to get the right adjustment fresh out of the box. The Velo Prevail Glide was no exception. I slapped it on in the center position and rode.
About three miles in my nether regions suggested it was time to adjust—which I did. I then rode another three miles and heard the same wailing from down there. More micro-adjustments and tweakings were needed. I dropped the nose a bit, dropped the saddle height and moved the saddle forward and aft until it adequately lined up with my seat bones rather than piercing my soft tissue. All told, it took me about thirty miles and multiple days of riding before I got it dialed in. These days, the Velo Prevail Glide Golden Retriever edition is right up there with all my comfortable saddles.
Easy to mount. The Velo Prevail features a very simple rail mounting system on the underbelly of the seat, called “ArcTech”. It took me about two minutes and no directions.
Wide range of adjustability. When I look back to where the seat position was when I first slapped it on and compare to where it is now, wow. It’s got more range than a New Zealand sheep farm. If someone came to me and said they thought this saddle sucked because it was so uncomfortable I would easily call bull spit and tell them to keep adjusting.
Maintains softness no matter the weather. Now, I haven’t had the pleasure of riding the Velo Prevail Glide in the winter yet but I can tell you PLENTY of stories about my ISM Adamo and Specialized Dolce saddles and how thrilling solid they are when riding in temps below thirty degrees. And by solid I’m talking solid as ice because they’re gel seats. But the Velo Prevail Glide is made using Velo’s AirForm foam, which is still able to distribute weight and form to the rider’s body, while not being affected by plunging temperatures. I look forward to winter and will update this review in December.
Lightweight. Holy shit it’s light. It’s made from Carbon and Titanium Alloy and tips the scales at about 135g.
What I didn’t Like
Adjustment period required patience. Patience has never been–nor ever will be–a virtue of mine. Of all the saddles I’ve had, this one definitely took the longest time to get the right adjustment for comfort. Still, it’s adjusted (finally) and it’s comfortable now.
There will never be a Year of the Cat saddle. What can I say? I’m a cat person. As the rat did not bother to wake up his cat friend, the cat did not make it to the Jade Emperor’s meeting and thus missed the chance to get a year in the Chinese zodiac. This betrayal of the rat explains why cats hate rats.
Best saddle for dog lovers! Kidding. It’s a great saddle for all animal lovers. Just don’t be deterred if you’re on mile 50 and your soft tissue is still inflamed. It’s all in the micro-adjustments and it’s wide range of adjustability means you’ll find your Zen position. For the record, it didn’t take me 50 miles to get the correct adjustment.
The Velo Prevail Glide Year of the Dog Saddle is a Gear Gals Piece of Recommended Gear.