Madison saw huge success with their award winning Flux and Prime model saddles. Using many of the same design concepts, they’ve created the Strata for women and added a pressure relief channel.
- MTB: AM / Enduro
- Cr-Mo Rails
- Pressure Relief Channel
- High Density Impact Foam
Madison have designed this saddle to withstand long enduro and sportive riding for women. This means it’s designed to be light, comfortable and geared towards performance.
It’s light and stylish to handle, and I immediately noticed the rounded back end which is constructed to cradle the sit bones in a cushion of multiple density foam.
Cr-Mo rails are an industry standard, and widely used for their durability and strength. However, you can now opt for more expensive and lighter alternatives such as carbon.
I’ve had this saddle for a few months now, and it’s seen me through downhill days, trail rides and a number of leisurely pootles around the countryside.
Like all saddles (and shoes), there’s a breaking in period to push through so it can mould itself to you over time. Once the initial hardness sank away, I began to feel more at ease and a lot more comfortable with the Strata.
For me, a good saddle test – and my most hated – is how a saddle fairs during a long uphill climb. When we climb, we sink ourselves into our saddles and rely on them for much needed support. This can be a great way to decide whether a saddle is right for you.
After many gruelling uphill battles, I’ve found the Strata saddle to be my ally, and not my foe. It’s quite comfortable, as far as saddles go. Even with the descents, it’s slim enough to quickly shift my weight behind without any rubbing or obstruction.