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The top 18 best women’s mountain bike saddles

In this article I’m going to give you a list of the best women’s mountain bike saddles.

The topic of differences between men and women necessitating specific saddle ergonomics is hotly debated. What is more obvious is that gender-specific saddles are far outweighed by unisex versions.

In my quest for the best women’s mountain bike saddles I found that only Ergon offers products that are markedly different for men and women. And what they show is that their research has resulted in saddles with pressure relief channels which sit closer to the nose of the saddle.

It kind of makes sense that gender-specific saddles have not taken over the market. Because in the end you shouldn’t be sitting on your genitals, which are obviously different between men and women, but you should sit on your sit bones, which are the same (kind of).

Women tend to have their sit bones further separated from each other, but this characteristic is easily supported within a saddle by choosing the right saddle width. And a lot if not most of the saddles are offered in a regular and wide width version.

So for this list of the best women’s mountain bike saddles I simply focused on offering the best bang for your buck. And yes, it so happens that Ergon saddles are part of that list. So here goes.

Contenders best women’s mountain bike saddles

Fabric Scoop Sport Gel Radius

Fabric Scoop Sport Gel Radius
Fabric Scoop Sport Gel Radius

Fabric makes fantastic affordable saddles and Fabric Scoop Sport Gel Radius is a great example.

The nylon shell has a pronounced swoop, which makes going on and off the saddle easy for dynamic riding. The shell is held by steel rails and measures 260 x 155 mm.

At 374 grams it’s anything but light, but for downhill purposes this doesn’t really matter anyway. And it’s the most budgeet-friendly offering on this list.

You really can’t fault this saddle, especially not for this price. So if you’re looking for a comfortable mountain bike saddle that definitely doesn’t break the bank, this is the one.

Reasons To Buy

– budget-friendly

Reasons To Avoid

– not for weight weenies

Brooks C17

Brooks C17
Brooks C17

The Brooks C17 is the Cambium version of the iconic B17 traditional leather saddle. But though the shape is relatively similar that’s about where the comparison ends.

It’s both longer, slimmer and cheaper than the B17, trimming 10 millimeters off the side and addiing that to the length. You end up with a saddle measuring 283 x 164 mm.

But the entire structure is way different, with the C17 resembling the characteristics of a more traditional saddle, though Brooks does have their proprietary vulcanised leather for their entire Cambium lineup.

This rubber is very pliant but requires no breaking in period. The downside of that is that it won’t comform to your anatomy as a leather saddle would. So you have to be more picky about choosing the right shape.

But Cambium models are waterproof, extremely abbrasion-resistant and durable, which make them the perfect companion for touring cyclists. Especially since the very maintenance-free characteristic is a big plus for touring cyclists and road racers in general.

If your looking for the best maintenance free saddle money can buy for a reasonable price, the Cambium C17 is the best option.

Reasons To Buy

– extremely durable
– extremely comfortable
– unique design

Reasons To Avoid

– vintage looking

Brooks C17 Carved

Brooks C17 Carved
Brooks C17 Carved

The Brooks C17 Carved is the C17 with a center cut out for pressure relief.

Unlike leather models of Brooks lineup, the Cambium models don’t need rivets or laces to prevent the shell from deforming. It’s another trait that makes the Cambium models with a center cutout behave more like current saddles.

The C17 Carved is a bit less firm than the standard C17, simply because there is less material to hold the rider. Especially if you’re planning on riding rougher terrain this might suit your needs, since you have better natural damping from the saddle.

Reasons To Buy

– extremely durable
– extremely comfortable
– unique design

Reasons To Avoid

– vintage looking

Selle San Marco GND Dynamic Wide (Open)

Selle San Marco GND Dynamic Wide (Open)
Selle San Marco GND Dynamic Wide (Open)

The Selle San Marco GND Dynamic Wide with the cut out version is slightly lighter at 210 grams, which is incredibly light all things considering.

It has the same overall features as the one without the cut out, and uses the same type of materials. That means you get a glass fiber reinforced shell on top of manganese steel rails, with plush padding in a semi-short length.

The version of 145 millimeters is more neutral than the narrow 135 millimeters, which allows for a bigger platform to support the rider. You might argue that that actually improves because the rider has to spend less energy staying into position.

The microfeel cover onto the star shaped design looks great and the finish is superb, which makes this saddle the perfect choice for adventurous riders on a budget.

Reasons To Buy

– has cut out
– excellent and durable build quality
– budget-friendly

Reasons To Avoid

– too stiff for some

Fizik Vento Argo R5

Fizik Vento Argo R5
Fizik Vento Argo R5

As far as budget goes the Fizik Vento Argo R5 is the most premium option on this list with a suggested retail price of 99 euros. It can be had for cheaper on Amazon though.

It’s another very well made short-nosed saddle with a carbon-reinforced nylon shell with a large center cut out. This cut out transitions into a lower surface area both front and back, planting you firmly in place.

This version also has an alloy rail to keep costs down and a width of either 140 mm for the small or 150 mm for the larger version.

This saddle offers ample amounts of comfort for relaxed road riding, thanks to the plush padding and cut out.

Reasons To Buy

– affordable MTB saddle
– short-nosed saddle w. cut out
– wide option available
– plush feel

Reasons To Avoid

– none

Fizik Gravita Alpaca X5

Fizik Gravita Alpaca X5
Fizik Gravita Alpaca X5

At 130 millimeters, the Fizik Gravita Alpaca X5 is a narrow performance mountain bike saddle.

With a flat shape and rounded corners, you’ll have loads of flexibility to move around as the trail dictates your handling.

Some riders prefer a saddle to do nothing else but not get in the way as part of the ride is spent out of the saddle. This saddle does that and still offers enough padding at a very light weight of just 210 grams.

An excellent and affordable option for your tactical trail riding.

Reasons To Buy

– flat shape
– performance oriented

Reasons To Avoid

– none

Fizik Tundra M5

Fizik Tundra M5
Fizik Tundra M5

The Fizik Tundra M5 is a true cross-country saddle, and an affordable option for people who’re looking for a high-quality seat.

The narrow performance saddle measures 287 x 126 mm, and has a carbon composite shell made from carbon-reinforced nylon with wing-flex technology. This means the saddle moves with your pedal stroke, making for a more natural feel.

It has an overall flat shape, which means it’s a solid option for mountain bikers with average flexibility in the hips and don’t necessarily want a locked-in feel when sitting.

It features a large central channel with padded halves for pressure relief. And has a slightly drooping nose to facilitate easier going into a standing position and back onto the saddle without shorts or bibs hooking. The padded shell extends all the way to the side, so no sharp edges causing irritation, chaving on the legs, or chewing up your shorts.

This one is the most affordable opion, forgoing either a Kium or carbon rails for a more standard alloy. This keeps the price low. But the weight is still very respectable at 235 grams. For comparison, the carbon version is 70 grams lighter and costs 150 USD more.

Reasons To Buy

– affordable cross country saddle
– performance oriented
– flat shape

Reasons To Avoid

– none

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.

Reasons To Buy

– gorgeous piece of engineering
– exquisite combination of comfort w. low weight
– huge cutout
– no compromise performance saddle

Reasons To Avoid

– very pricey
– compatible seatpost necessary

Selle Italia SLR Boost X-Cross Superflow

Selle Italia SLR Boost X-Cross Superflow
Selle Italia SLR Boost X-Cross Superflow

The Selle Italia SLR Boost X-Cross Superflow is an extremely pricey MTB race saddle.

Selle Italia loves making things complicated with their naming conventions. But if you know what’s what it really isn’t that difficult.

So boost means it’s a short-nosed saddle, measuring 248 millimeters from tail to nose. Superflow is the huge cut out Selle Italia is known for.

SLR is the overall shape of the saddle. In this case a swooping design made from carbon composite, with a titanium rails, Fibra-Tek microfiber cover, relatively well-padded, with abbrasive resistant edges. A nice touch when going offroad.

More expensive offroad saddle versions come with vibration-dampening rail fittings. It doesn’t mean you’ll be throwing out your front-suspension (if you have it), but it will take out a bit more than your average road buzz, which is noticeable after many hours on less than optimal road surfaces.

Selle Italia is at the top of their game with this saddle, but that price will leave some of you shaking your head.

Reasons To Buy

– very high build quality
– extra padded carbon composite shell
– extra damping in rail connection
– abbrasive resistant side protectors

Reasons To Avoid

– extremely pricey

Selle Italia Flite Boost X-Cross TI316 Superflow

Selle Italia Flite Boost X-Cross TI316 Superflow
Selle Italia Flite Boost X-Cross TI316 Superflow

Selle Italia has a way of making you think you need to spend more on a saddle than you were planning to do initially. And for any cross-country and MTB rider the Selle Italia Flite Boost X-Cross TI316 Superflow is a great example to spur such behavior.

The short-nosed saddle has the recognisable shape of the first Flite, but the technology in this saddle is far from that first iteration from the nineties. A titanium rails is fitted to a carbon shell in a way that removes part of the road buzz, which would otherwise travel through your body.

The well-padded saddle on a firm shell offers abbrasive resistant sides, should you find yourself suddenly eating dirt. The Fibra-Tek cover has a beautiful but subtle design with a perforated cover and branding. Furthermore it features a large cut out for pressure relief

The two sizes of 135 x 250 mm or 145 x 250 mm sit just over 200 grams for this extremely pricey saddle. But if you’re looking for the best for your next trail adventure, you should definitely consider this one.

Reasons To Buy

– very high build quality
– extra padded carbon composite shell
– extra damping in rail connection
– abbrasive resistant side protectors

Reasons To Avoid

– extremely pricey
– might feel to stiff for some

Selle Italia X-LR TM Air Cross Superflow

Selle Italia X-LR TM Air Cross Superflow
Selle Italia X-LR TM Air Cross Superflow

The Selle Italia X-LR TM Air Cross Superflow is a great example that a high quality saddle doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg necessarily.

It basically offers the same as many of the much more premium offerings from Selle Italia. But by using cheaper materials it’s much, much more affordable.

The nylon shell and manganese rails offer enough comfort with a dual-density foam-padded saddle.

The saddle is offered in two performance-oriented sizes; 131 x 266 mm and 145 x 266 mm. And its nature emphasizes offroad usage, with an abbrasive-resistant waterproof microfiber cover and edge protectors.

This lightweight saddle still only weighs between 215 and 224 grams, and has a large cut out running almost the entire length of the saddle.

It’s a beautiful yet affordable saddle with all the right features to enjoy your next trail ride.

Reasons To Buy

– affordable high-end design
– edge protectors
– waterproof

Reasons To Avoid

– firm ride

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 / gravel / MTB 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.

Reasons To Buy

– gender specific ergonomics

Reasons To Avoid

– heavy

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.

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.

Reasons To Buy

– one of the few ergonomic saddles
– gel padding
– supports upright position

Reasons To Avoid

– heavy

Ergon SMD2 Comp

Ergon SMD2 Comp
Ergon SMD2 Comp

The Ergon SMD2 Comp is a lightweight performance MTB saddle.

It offers a flat and rounded shell for maximum riding flexibility and weighs a mere 215 grams for a very narrow 256 x 124 mm.

That’s very narrow indeed and is meant for not getting in the way of you riding and pedalling, though some riders may prefer a bit wider saddle.

It means this saddle falls into shorter MTB trips and downhill sections, and when used for that purpose it’s one of the best.

Reasons To Buy

– flat shape
– performance oriented

Reasons To Avoid

– narrow shell might not suit everyone

Prologo Scratch M5 Pas

Prologo Scratch M5 Pas
Prologo Scratch M5 Pas

The Prologo Scratch M5 Pas is a short-nosed lightweight road bike saddle.

The overall design features a large seating platform and dropped nose, which enables dynamic riding where you need to get frequently out of the saddle.

The saddle offers two options for the rails with the Tirox alloy versions hovering around 200 grams and a much lighter carbon version sitting at 134 grams. Oval carbon rails necessity a carbon specific seatpost, so make sure you have one, should you decide to opt for the carbon version.

The Scratch M5 is decently padded and looks futuristic with its five panel layout across a rounded 250mm length shell. This separate pannelling should help to add some extra flex to the saddle for added comfort.

Reasons To Buy

– short-nosed saddle
– futuristic design
– multiple rail options

Reasons To Avoid

– none

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.

Reasons To Buy

– well-padded offroad saddle
– short-nosed version
– aggressive performance saddle

Reasons To Avoid

– none

WTB SL8 Cromoly Medium

WTB SL8 Cromoly Medium
WTB SL8 Cromoly Medium

The WTB SL8 Cromoly is a plush MTB saddle with a large swoop.

There are also titanium and carbon rails versions of this saddle but they siginifantly bump up the price whereas every other feature stays the same.

Its a more allround mountain bike saddle that offers loads of comfort in a 142 millimeter shell width.

The cromoly version has memory foam padding thats less stiff than the titanium and carbon versions. The shell has noticeable flex. So even though its wider than some of the more performance oriented entries, youll hardly notice it because the saddle moves with you.

Reasons To Buy

plush and comfortable
great allround MTB option

Reasons To Avoid

– none

WTB Pure Steel

WTB Pure Steel
WTB Pure Steel

The WTB Pure Steel is a great all-mountain and enduro saddle, which so happens to be probably one of the most budget-friendly MTB saddles in the market.

The WTB Pure comes in three variations with respect to the rails. There’s titanium, chromoly, and the steel version. It says something that the steel version is one of the cheapest saddles of all the articles I’ve written about saddles.

You wouldn’t say that, based on the excellent design of the plush saddle. A swooping nylon shell is covered with a lot of padding and has a perforated microfiber cover. The memory foam like substance adjusts perfectly to your specific geometry.

The lifted rear end helps to support you while climbing and the nose dips to prevent your shorts getting hooked. With so much padding the saddle obviously doesn’t have any sharp edges, which are reinforced to protect it when crashing.

I really can’t think of any reason why you wouldn’t want to buy this saddle, especially not with such a price. A winner for sure.

Reasons To Buy

– impressive value-for-money
– excellent MTB saddle

Reasons To Avoid

– none

Specifications best women’s mountain bike saddles

NameRailRetail PriceDimensionsWeightShellPaddingCoverBuy at AmazonBuy at Ebay
Fabric Scoop Sport Gel Radiussteel47 USD260 x 155 mm374 gnylonlinklink
Brooks C17steel120 euros283 x 164 mm464 gvulcanised rubbernonenylonlinklink
Brooks C17 Carvedsteel120 euros283 x 164 mm446 gvulcanised rubbernonenylonlinklink
Selle San Marco GND Dynamic Wide (Open)manganese79 euros262 x 145 mm210 gglass fiber reiinforcedBiofoamMicrofeellinklink
Fizik Vento Argo R5S-Alloy 7 mm109.99 USDS 265 x 140 mm – L 265 x 150 mmS 225 g – L 232 gcarbon-reinforced nylontype 1 foamlinklink
Fizik Gravita Alpaca X5s-alloy99.99 USD251 x 130 mm216 gnylonlinklink
Fizik Tundra M5s-alloy99.99 USD287 x 126 mm235 gcarbon compositePU foammicrotexlinklink
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 compositedouble density foamFibra-Teklinklink
Selle Italia SLR Boost X-Cross SuperflowTI 316 Tube 7 mm320 eurosS 130 x 248 mm – L 145 x 248 mmS 181 g – L 186 gcarbon compositedouble density foamFibra-Teklinklink
Selle Italia Flite Boost X-Cross TI316 SuperflowTI 316 Tube 7 mm320 eurosS 135 x 250 mm – L 145 x 250 mmS 204 g – L 208 gcarbon compositedouble density foamFibra-Teklinklink
Selle Italia X-LR TM Air Cross Superflowmanganese tube 7 mm100 eurosS 131 x 266 mm – L 145 x 266 mmS 215 g – L 224 gnylondouble density foamFibra-Teklinklink
Ergon SM E-Mountain Core Prime WomenCroMo160 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 SMD2 CompCroMo100 USD256 x 124 mm215 gnylon compositemicrofiber w. anti-sliplinklink
Prologo Scratch M5 Pasnack carbon / tirox138/213 euros250 x 140 mmnack 134 g – Tirox 201 glinklink
Prologo Dimension NDRnack carbon / tirox / T4.0109/138/213 euros245 x 143 mmnack 170 g – Tirox 215 g – T4.0 229 gextra paddinglinklink
WTB SL8 Cromoly Mediumcromoly96 USD265 x 142 mm266 gFlex-Tuned ShellHLX Paddingmicrofiberlinklink
WTB Pure Steelsteel275 x 145 mm345 gFlex-Tuned ShellDNA Paddingmicrofiberlinklink