Selle Italia Lady Gel Flow saddle

I've got a few of these saddles for my wife and she likes them.
That's also all the maker can say about this saddle. According to the sales manager, it was really a lucky shot. The made and offered a lady saddle and it became a commercial success. But nobody at Selle Royal knows why it is so appreciated by women. Somehow the mixture of shape, hardness and materials works.
The Lady a typical product what saddle makers call a women's saddle: shorter, wider, softer. However, this doesn't mean that every short, wide and soft saddle is a popular or good saddle for women. On the contrary. Some women like long, hard and narrow saddles, like the original Flite. And many men, if they have the guts to try this, may like this Lady saddle, too.

Fi'zi:k Gobi saddle

This saddle with strong curved shaped was introduced by Fi'zi:k as a MTB saddle. In the beginning of this Millennium, the Italian company launched a new range of saddles with the so called Wing Flex technology. Some cuts in the shell of the saddle, near the inner thighs of the rider, should enable the saddle to flex in that area and allowing for more freedom/movement/comfort when pedalling and less pain.
To be honest, I never felt any problem or pain in that area with any other quality bike saddle and I didn't feel any extra benefit with the Twin Flex saddles of Fi'zi:k. But, I must say, that I really like the curved shape of the Gobi saddle in combination with the right amount and quality of padding and it's still on my No. 1 mountainbike.
Gobi's twin brother/sister for road bikes is Arione. It was introduced at the same time and it uses the same technology. However, the shape is totally different. Arione is very long and extremely flat.
I had the honour to attend the official bike manufacturers introduction of these saddles. A very nice test event was organized near Villajoyosa (close to Alicante, Benidorm), Spain, together with a couple of other companies (Hutchinson, Mavic, Manitou, Hayes, Motorex) and we had some good bike rides with nice people from the bike industry.