I'm currently riding a Selle Italia SL XC flow (145 mm width). This saddle has been pretty good for me; however, when I get into an extended hard climb, I tend to get some extra pressure in the perineum (I assume this is because I'm "pulling" myself into the saddle harder?). Last year I moved from some cheaper shorts to some Sugoi RPM (S100 chamois) and that helped a lot. I'm training in the foothills/mountains harder now, so this has been more apparent.
The profiles of both the Selle Italia SLR Superflow 145 and the new Max SLR Gel Flow are very similar to my current saddle, but with a much larger cutout. I thought one of these may be worth a try. I took the images from Selle Italia's website and overlaid them; they both have a similar profile to my current SL XC flow, except the nose appears to be 7-10 mm shorter and, likewise, the back-end is slightly shorter.
Anyone have any experience with either? The Max SLR Gel Flow is pretty new, so online reviews are scant. Here are some of the pros/cons I've dug up...
Weight: SLR Superflow listed at 180-200 grams vs. 270 for the Max. Current saddle listed at 235 grams. I'd prefer to go lighter...
Price: Superflow can be found $280-300 (for the new black model) vs. $160ish for Max SLR.
Materials: Not sure which is better, from a padding and cover perspective? Superflow leather vs. Max SLR Lorica?
Thanks for any feedback!