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The top 14 best gel road bike saddles

In this article I’m going to feature some of the best gel road bike saddle. So if your looking at some added comfort to your road rides, you’re at the right place.

Roughly road bike saddles fall into three categories. The first group is non-padded saddles. I’ve never seen any other non-padded saddles than full carbon options.

The second group is the largest and consists of padded saddles. For road bike saddles, high-quality standard padded saddles never feature gel padding.

Then there’s a third group I consider extra padded road bike saddles. That group includes saddles that offer extra comfort in the form of gel padding.

Premium road bike saddles with just gel padding are few and far in between. That’s why I’m going to give you options from the entire last group, which means I’m going to give you the best saddles with extra padding, including those where the extra padding is made from gel.

If the goal is comfort, the means to achieve such a thing has been engineered beyond simply putting a couple of gel pads into your saddle. By offering an overview of saddles with a core focus on plushness I feel you’re in the best position to make the right choice for you.

So without further ado, here’s the list of the best gel road bike saddles.

Contenders best gel road bike saddles

Fizik Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive

Fizik Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive
Fizik Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive

The honor of bringing the first 3D-printed saddle to the market goes to the Fizik Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive. It’s a saddle with carbon rails and shell, with a 3D printed EPU 41 polymer padding that’s extremely comfortable.

Because it’s 3D printed it has an otherworldly spacious design which ensures the saddle tips the scales at just 168 grams for the small version, or 171 grams for the large one. That’s very impressive for a saddle with such padding volume.

The padding acts like memory foam and comforms to the riders anatomy. Since there are two halves it means that pressure is only applied to the sit bones and very specific to the respective rider.

It’s one of the most distinctive saddles money can buy, and besides the light greenish version, Fizik now also offers a black one.

It comes at two widths of 139 and 146 millimeters.

From an innovation standpoint the Fizik Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive is a fantastic product, that’s comfortable enough to use for long hours in the saddle. The only downside could be that the light open structure is more prone to damage and dirt lodging into the innards of the padding.

But if you like the original Antares and you really want the-latest-the-greatest for your bike, this is the saddle for you.

Selle Italia X-LR Kit Carbonio Superflow

Selle Italia X-LR Kit Carbonio Superflow
Selle Italia X-LR Kit Carbonio Superflow

The Selle Italia X-LR Kit Carbonio Superflow is a stunning piece of engineering from the Italian saddle giant.

What they’ve achieved is an ultra-light, ultra-comfortable saddle that’ll honed towards aggressive riding in less than ideal road circumstances.

The regular version is an very narrow 131 millimeters, with the large version measuring a more standard 145 millimeter width. The saddle featues a combination of an oval carbon rails with keramic coating supporting a carbon composite shell weighing just 130 grams.

That feat alone is worth mentioning, but even more astounding considering that comfort is achieved by adding two layers of padding with varying densities. This added damping factor is further enhanced by a shell to rails connection that adds an extra dimension of damping. And carbon itself has natural damping effects.

The gorgeous shape has a large cut out in the center sitting in a flat-shaped saddle with a slightly dropped nose. Furthermore the saddle has edge protectors so a single crash reduces the risk of irreparable damage to this premium perch.

As far as race-ready comfort this is my top pick.

Selle Italia Novus Superflow Endurance

Selle Italia Novus Superflow Endurance
Selle Italia Novus Superflow Endurance

The Selle Italia Novus Superflow Endurance has endurance in the title, so what exactly is so different about this saddle to earn that moniker.

For starters, the two-pronged split-nosed design sitting on titanium rails is distinctive enough. It means the cut out of the saddle extends all the way to the front of the nose, reminiscent of those produces by time-trial favorite ISM.

Where you can actually sit the two shell halves not only offer extra padded support, but also a layer of gel padding to add to the overall damping qualities of the saddle. A durable Fibra-Tek perforated microfiber cover has the Selle Italia logo on it.

The overall build quality is downright amazing, and the long and narrow shape of the saddle measuring 138 x 282 mm for the regular size and 149 x 282 mm for the large one, means there’s plenty of room to find the correct position for your sit bones.

The reason why you have to pay twice the amount of money vs the TM version is the composition of the shell. Where this one uses carbon fiber, the other one is made from nylon. And that carbon shell sits on top a titanium rails instead of a manganese steel one. That means a more flexible perch and just some more damping effects as well, with the tiniest of weight gains as well.

Granted the split nose design might equally split onlookers into categories of those who hate and those who love it, but there’s no denying that this saddle will save your behind on longer rides.

Selle Italia Lady Gel Flow

Selle Italia Lady Gel Flow
Selle Italia Lady Gel Flow

The Selle Italia Lady Gel Flow is a saddle obviously meant for female riders. They are actually offered in two widths. The wide version measures 160 millimeters, which is great for a relaxed upright position. There’s also a much narrower version at 135 millimeters if you’re very familiar with road cycling and prefer a saddle with a more race-oriented shape.

Selle Italia ditched the leather cover for a more maintenance free microfiber one. It will also mean the saddle is more durable than a thin leather cover, and more waterproof as well, which were two cons of earlier editions of this saddle.

This is a true touring saddle for people who like their behinds to sit on well-padded seats and don’t like aggressive riding in the drops.

Selle Italia Man Gel Flow

Selle Italia Man Gel Flow
Selle Italia Man Gel Flow

The Selle Italia Man Gel Flow is the male version which only comes in a single size of 151 x 275 millimeters.

The same applies for this saddle as for the female version. Don’t buy it for road cycling, but for upright leisurely touring and overall shorter rides.

Selle Italia Novus Endurance TM Superflow

Selle Italia Novus Endurance TM Superflow
Selle Italia Novus Endurance TM Superflow

With endurance in its name it should be obvious what the Selle Italia Novus Endurance TM Superflow is for.

It’s unique-looking design looks similar to those used by ISM, with the nose cut in half and slightly dipping.

This affordable long-distance offering features a lot of extra padding for a weight penalty, tipping the scales over 300 grams. But this is not a saddle for those looking to shave an extra 100 grams of their bike, and people who’ll actually be doing gran fondos will care less about such a thing.

What they will care about is comfort and this saddle excels in that area. You can actually take this saddle on roads that doesn’t necessarily resemble smooth tarmac, and the plush ride will allow you to enjoy it from start to finish.

Selle Italia offers a number of magnificient showpieces, and this saddle is not among them. It’s purely functional with a core focus on being able to eat mile after mile of road. So if that’s your thing there aren’t many options that offer a greater return on investment, if any.

Ergon SM E-Mountain Core Prime Women

Ergon SM E-Mountain Core Prime Women
Ergon SM E-Mountain Core Prime Women

Don’t get confused about the name of the Ergon SM E-Mountain Core Prime Women. It’s not specifically for E-bikes and not specifically for mountain bikes.

This is not a road bike saddle. Not its weight, not its design, not its padding hints in that direction. It is a great option for a robust touring saddle.

The strong CroMo steel rails support 2 variations with the widest measuring 160 millimeters at a standard length of 278 millimeters.

Their sales page feature a lot of impressive medical copywriting. But it doesn’t take away that saddles can still be hit or miss. Why you might want to consider this saddle is that it really does feature several layers of unique feminine oriented padding in a design that also has a large center depression.

Those various levels of padding create flexibility in the saddle, firmness where necessary, and added comfort and damping properties as well.

The saddle has a very premium and solid look, which feels much more at home on a touring or mountain bike than on a road bike.

Ergon SM E-Mountain Core Prime Men

Ergon SM E-Mountain Core Prime Men
Ergon SM E-Mountain Core Prime Men

The Ergon SM E-Mountain Core Prime Men has the overall same dimensions but a much larger center depression. I don’t have to explain why that it.

It’s interesting to note that where Selle Italia opts for a wider version of a feminine saddle with the same characteristics otherwise, it feels like Ergon at least changed the overall upper shape of their saddles.

That kind of makes sense considering the fact that there are serious differences between a male and female. Apart from all of the other factors that make this saddle great for touring. Like the multi-layered padding and overall flexibility. All that padding doesn’t mean it’s a cushion. But it performs a bit like memory foam, where a couple rides in you feel more adjusted to the saddle.

Ergon SMC Sport Gel Women

Ergon SMC Sport Gel Women
Ergon SMC Sport Gel Women

As with the Core Prime models the Ergon SMC Sport Gel Women features a very distinctive feminine oriented cut out in a saddle with a large seating area.

This is an even more leasure focused saddle, which I would consider to be the perfect partner for commuter or short touring rides.

It’s more affordable, has the same saddle ergonomic shape, but gel padding instead of the memory foam like substance of the Core Prime. Unlike the male version, this saddle has such a large open space you can deem it an appropriate center cut out.

It support an upright position with enough cushioning to take out any irregularities in the road.

Ergon SMC Sport Gel Men

Ergon SMC Sport Gel Men
Ergon SMC Sport Gel Men

The Ergon SMC Sport Gel Men is the male version obviously. Ergon has taken its research into male and female anatomoy and applied it to this saddle as well.

This result in a more pronounced depression in the center of the saddle. Both saddles are on the less aggressive side of the riding spectrum.

Prologo Dimension NDR

Prologo Dimension NDR
Prologo Dimension NDR

The Prologo Dimension NDR is a sporty saddle with an offroad nature.

To establish this nature, Prologo simply added more padding to the shell, which is offered in a single size of 245 x 143 mm.

The 245 millimeters can be considered a short-nosed saddle. For those of you who don’t know what that is, short-nosed saddles favor riders who show a more forward seated position.

Since there’s less nose, the overall saddle can be moved forward a bit on the seatpost, while the rider still remains in the area where he or she feels most comfortable.

It’s probably one of the most aggressive saddles on this list for offroad touring or mountain biking.

Prologo Nago C3 CPC

Prologo Nago C3 CPC
Prologo Nago C3 CPC

The Prologo Nago C3 CPC is a saddle with a carbon rails and shell that offers CPC airing technology.

CPC is available for high end saddles from Prologo and is a super-grippy polymer that’s raised ever so slightly from the saddle, providing marginal gains in shock absorption and airflow. Buy hey, marginal gains are gains nonetheless.

The design, weighing 155 grams for the 275×139 mm version, looks like something that could be sitting on a Tron cycle and the photos don’t actually do the saddle justice.

The fact that the saddle has been used in the Tour de France says enough about its abillity to provide comfort during long riding sessions, so those marginal gains seems to be paying off in the eyes of professional riders.

Prologo Zero C3

Prologo Zero C3
Prologo Zero C3

The Prologo Zero C3 is a narrow racing saddle with minimal padding. Carbon rails and a carbon shell, means the weight stays at a very respectable 155 grams.

With dimensions sitting at 270x132mm it can be called a fairly narrow saddle, so be sure firm and narrow is the type of saddle you prefer.

The Prologo Zero C3 could also be seen in the Tour so any doubt about the comfort of minimal padded firm carbon saddles should dissipate.

ISM PN 4.0

ISM PN 4.0
ISM PN 4.0

If you’d want to go for one of ISM’s saddles the ISM PN 4.0 is a great option to begin with.

Not because it’s inexpenisive, none of their saddles are, but because the saddle allows for more freedom of movement and bigger contact points.

Riding any ISM saddle, after having ridden tradtional saddle shapes, is a revelation in comfort. This one was built for gravel riding so it seems, where you could argue more dynamic riding is applicable.

The entire design of ISM revolves around being forced to sit on your sit bones. There’s no nose to speak of, and while pedalling you push your sit bones onto the two protruding parts of the saddle. You do need time to adjust to such an odd feeling, but you will understand its concept, even after a single ride. Everyone who’s ever ridden with a numb area down below will, and that’s probably all of us.

I’ll leave it up to you what you think of the design of course.

Specifications best gel road bike saddles

NameRailRetail PriceDimensionsWeightShellPaddingCoverBuy at AmazonBuy at Ebay
Fizik Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptivecarbon 7×10 mm399.99 USDS 274 x 139 mm – L 27 4 x146 mmS 168 g – L 171 gcarbonEPU 41linklink
Selle Italia X-LR Kit Carbonio Superflowcarbon/keramic 7×9 mm300 eurosS 131 x 266 mm – L 145 x 266 mmS 130 g – L 138 gcarbon reinforced nylondouble-densityFibra-Teklinklink
Selle Italia Novus Superflow EnduranceTI 316 Tube 7 mm240 eurosS 138 x 282 mm – L 149 x 282 mmS 288 g – L 293 gcarbon compositegel paddingFibra-Teklinklink
Selle Italia Lady Gel Flowmanganese tube 7 mm140 eurosS 135 x 262 mm – L 160 x 262 mmS 300 g – L 310 gextra padding / gel shock absorberlinklink
Selle Italia Man Gel Flowmanganese tube 7 mm140 euros151 x 275 mm315 gextra padding / gel shock absorberlinklink
Selle Italia Novus Endurance TM Superflowmanganese tube 7 mm100 eurosS 138 x 282 mm – L 149 x 282 mmS 306 g – L 310 gnylonextra padding / gelFibra-Teklinklink
Ergon SM E-Mountain Core Prime WomenCroMo160 USDS 278 x 147 mm – L 278 – 160 mmnylon compositeOrthopedic Comfort Foammicrofiberlinklink
Ergon SM E-Mountain Core Prime MenCroMo160 USDS 278 x 147 mm – L 278 – 160 mmnylon compositeOrthopedic Comfort Foammicrofiberlinklink
Ergon SMC Sport Gel WomenCroMo100 USD295 gnylon compositeOrthopedic Comfort Foam w. gel paddingmicrofiberlinklink
Ergon SMC Sport Gel MenCroMo100 USD300 gnylon compositeOrthopedic Comfort Foam w. gel paddingmicrofiberlinklink
Prologo Dimension NDRnack carbon / tirox / T4.0109/138/213 euros245 x 143 mmnack 170 g – Tirox 215 g – T4.0 229 gextra paddinglinklink
Prologo Nago C3 CPCnack carbon 7×9.3 mm426 euros275 x 139 mm155 gcarbonCPC airinglink
Prologo Zero C3nack carbon 7×9.3 mm392 euros270 x 132 mm155 gcarbonhigh density foamlink
ISM PN 4.0stainless steel alloy250 USD255 x 125 mm259 g30-Series Foamlinklink