Recently (4 months) moved to the Antares though and I have found that I like the flatter top and generally harder feel to them a lot. Sit bone support works for me on both though.
I would suggest that the differences are as you say a more curved top (side to side) on the Arione which tends to spread the weight across a wider area and I have found that the Arione was better for moving forward on the saddle when you wanted to.
I am a lot fitter than I was when I got the first Arione and I suspect that I would have found the hardness fatiguing if I'd bought an Antares back then.
Antares, great saddle, no issues other than... chafing my thighs against the sides of the very wide and flat front (but that's not too much of an issue to prevent me from using it). A bit harder on the sitbones, but therefore no numbness.
The Weenie formally known as CAADHEAD
"Organization is for the simple-minded, the Genius controls the chaos." - Jens
Toupe (2 widths)
Romin (2 widths)
Phenom (old and new version)
SLR briefly, but don't think it was setup right.
SMP Evolution briefly, but don't think it was setup right.
Prologo Nago Evo pro
Prologo Scratch Nack
Prologo Scratch TR
So all in all a lot of saddles. By now I'm fairly certain that I know kind of what works for me so it comes down to the Arione, Antares and maybe an Evolution/SLR hence my question.
The Arione was too narrow in the rear and too domed (high in the middle) for me. It felt like it was trying to spread my sit bones further apart. I couldn't take it.
The Antares has been great.
Then tried Toupe, Toupe Gel, Prologo Scratch, Romin, Romin Gel, wider Romin, Romin Evo, Flite Max Gel Flow,Regal-E.......the list goes on. None of them felt fantastic despite having had a bike fit and trying the Specialized assometer to ensure that my saddle position was correct and the saddle was the appropriate width.
After having my sit bones crucified by each of the Specialized saddles I'd tried I plumped for an Aliante, figuring I needed something with more padding. It was good, but I just couldn't dial the position in exactly where I could be comfy for more than an hour or two.
I'd always avoided the Antares as I knew a couple of people who had developed problems with their wedding tackle after using them and I also thought that I needed something with plenty of padding, but having tried so many saddles I thought I'd give it a go. I borrowed a test saddle and to my great surprise it was brilliant, and the first saddle I can be comfy on for 6 hour rides. I also noticed immediately that it helped me sit more squarely on the saddle and that I was able to engage my left glutes more than I had been able to previously.
So after hundreds of pounds wasted on trying different saddles, and countless painful rides wondering if I had bought another saddle that didn't suit me, or if i simply needed to endure the pain a little longer until the saddle was broken in, I've found 'the one'.
The moral of the story is however: Don't waste your time reading reviews about what other people find comfy as only your arse can decide that for you.
After that I rode an Arione and I'm still using it. I appreciate its length and its width, 132 mm is what I need, no more. Right now I am riding an Arione Tri2 Carbon and I must say it's incredibly comfortable, especially when in the drops. The saddle weighs at 210 gr. a little more than a standard CX carbon, but when you see some of the roads we have to ride on in Europe, the extra padding is welcome.
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