Spa Nidd Open Saddle - anyone tried one?

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Spa Nidd Open Saddle - anyone tried one?

Postby bikepacker » 14 Sep 2019, 1:35pm

Spa have a Nidd saddle with a cut-out listed on their website I was wondering if anyone had tried one. It looks similar to the B17 Imperial and I know the leather on the Nidd is tougher than Brooks but other thoughts would be welcome.
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Re: Spa Nidd Open Saddle - anyone tried one?

Postby LollyKat » 14 Sep 2019, 3:20pm

I took a Stanley knife to a Nidd to make a similar cutout. This reduced the unyielding rock-like feel a little and without the lace I found it comfortable right from the beginning. Some years later it got very wet* and sagged a little but adding the lace back has restored it. My cutout is slightly longer and narrower, I think, but the Spa one looks a good shape too.

*This was a four-hour ride in constant heavy rain, wearing shorts with foam padding so that the pad was like a saturated bath sponge. Although I'd put dressing on the cut edges I suspect that water got in between the layers? Wearing a cape would have been a good idea, but I know now to put a plastic bag on the saddle if the weather is as bad again.

ETA I'm female.