Products of the Year
WomensCycling.net has tested many items throughout the year, on our travels, at races, in races and training. All of the products have been purchased and used in the same manner as anyone else would do - nothing has been received for test from suppliers or manufacturers, the items listed below are therefore considered as serious contenders for something you might like to buy for yourself.
Selle Italia Lady Trans Am
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This is one of the products of the decade! Once you've fallen in love with it, you'll want one on every bike!
The Lady Trans Am does not look as 'chunky' as some women's saddles. In fact, it does not look out of place on a racing bike at all - unlike some competitor's models. It has a padded leather upper with a cutaway centre area along to the nose. The padding is relatively soft - can easily depressed with a finger or thumb, but this does not result in a spongy ride - quite the opposite in fact. The saddle feels firm to ride on, but does not give any soreness. The central cutaway is in exactly the right place and the rear of the saddle, although wide and padded is not overdone.
Older models had stitched embroidery logos and name around the rear edge. There was even detail stitched inside the central cutaway. In later models, this has been left off - and the orange & silver logo has been replaced by single colour silver instead - a pity as this detracts from the aesthetic and luxury appeal of the saddle - certainly, the embroidery inside the cutaway gave it a look of extra class. Cosmetic changes notwithstanding, this saddle re-writes the standard for women's racing saddles.
More recently, saddles have been bought from Parker International +44 (0)870 0660340