We’ve truly seen a number of updates & evolutions of the long-running Fizik Antares saddle in the previous few years because of Fizik’s 3D-printed padding undertaking. However like the most recent Aliante reshaping, this new household of Antares saddles sticks with typical padding, and as a substitute finds lighter weight and improved consolation via a tweaked profile and premium supplies…
Fizik Vento Antares on-road & off-road racing saddle, revised
The Fizik Antares is the model’s prime racing saddle, throughout just about all non-gravity-focused disciplines. And that’s why it has been the platform for his or her most technical improvements lately – highlighted by their Ideas prototype undertaking that finally grew to become a fully-fleshed-out vary of Adaptive saddles. However finally, 3D-printed saddles are tremendous costly and nonetheless not the lightest attainable.
Coming in as much as 30% lighter and nonetheless cheaper, or only a shade lighter however practically half the worth of that prime Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive saddle, the carbon-railed 00 & R1 variations of the revamped Antares ship top-tier efficiency with extra typical padding, now with improved ergonomics for better rider consolation. Plus, there are R3 & R5 variations that get the efficiency increase, however for rather more accessible pricing at the price of just a few tens of additional grams.
What’s New? An up to date ergonomic Antares form
Like that revamped endurance Aliante saddle that had additionally been round for greater than twenty years, the brand new Antares will get the identical idea of updates:
Once more, essentially the most seen form change for the Vento Antares is its ergonomic cutout, now extending wider and additional into the nostril vs. the Antares Open for improved blood move and strain reduction. To make that work, the brand new Vento Antares additionally will get a barely wider nostril. The mid-section of the saddle now options narrower ridges on both aspect of the large cutout, because of new dual-density foam padding that tapers as much as a flatter nostril, and presents extra agency assist within the again beneath the sit bones.
The thought course of right here appears to be that it offers the versatile, aggressive rider an extended space on the entrance of the saddle to maneuver back-and-forth in a tucked aero place, whereas sustaining the identical consolation and elimination of scorching spots.
The brand new 270mm lengthy Vento Antares – Vento is Fizik-speak for Racing merchandise – saddle vary consists of 4 tiers 00, R1, R3 & R5. All function this new form with dual-density foam padding, all are available 140 or 150mm widths (barely smaller than the 141/153mm combo of the earlier technology), all get WingFlex within the entrance edges of the rear wings of the shell to maneuver along with your thighs as you pedal, and the 2 top-tier swap to straightforward 7x9mm oval carbon rails for extra common seatpost compatibility.
The brand new technology of Antares saddles spotlight the fixed innovation we see on daily basis at fizik. We acknowledge the significance of maximising consolation and recognize the various wants of highway riders it doesn’t matter what their type of using
– Fizik product supervisor Alex Locatelli
Fizik Vento Antares – Pricing & Choices
The highest mannequin of the brand new Antares is the $300 / 300€ Fizik Vento Antares 00 that includes a singular EVA padding injected straight onto the complete carbon shell, with its one-piece carbon loop rails for max stiffness and absolute lightest weight.
The 00 saddles have claimed weights of simply 118g (140mm) or 124g (150mm), making them 50g/47g lighter respectively than their 3D-printed Adaptive analogs – and ninety bucks cheaper.
The 2nd-tier $225 / 200€ Fizik Vento Antares R1 is likely to be the true worth winner of costly saddles right here, although. It will get extra typical dual-density padding with an artificial cowl, a carbon-reinforced nylon shell, and two-piece oval carbon rails. And it nonetheless weighs a claimed 161g (140mm) & 166g (150mm). That makes it 7g/5g lighter than the Adaptive 00 saddles, however as much as 190€ cheaper. Or evaluate it to the identical degree Adaptive R1 saddle and it’s 19g/17g lighter, and nonetheless as much as 100€ cheaper.
However if you would like the identical efficiency with out breaking the financial institution, the $150 / 150€ Fizik Vento Antares R3 is a fairly strong cope with the identical carbon-reinforced nylon shell however spherical Okay-ium hole ti rails for about thirty-five additional grams, claimed 195g (140mm) & 202g (150mm).
And lastly, the $130 / 110€ Fizik Vento Antares R5 nonetheless will get a carbon-reinforced nylon shell, however swaps to strong S-Alloy rails for simply fifteen grams extra, claimed 210g (140mm) & 217g (150mm).