Bike saddles are one of the most despised pieces of sports equipment ever devised. Scratch that, they're one of the most hated pieces of equipment, period. No matter what type of innovation and technology a company throws into its bike saddle, the pressure of a solid seat pressing against your anus and genitals for hours on end is bound to be uncomfortable.
In a new, gimmicky saddle designed to address traditional bike seat problems, Scottish company Manta has designed a bike seat that looks like the spine of some type of undiscovered sea life. The seat's design aims at redistributing a cyclist's weight so that it is supported by a greater amount of your body including both your sit bones and legs. It functions more like a regular seat; just look at your ass right now if you don't agree. Manta claims that it offers three to four times the amount of butt-bearing real estate of a regular bike saddle.
The Manta seat also takes pressure off that lovely piece of flesh that connects your genitalia and anus. Call it a choad, 'taint, scranus, perineum or whatever other term you want to use, but Manta calls it the wrong part of the body for bearing weight. Think about it: on a traditional bike seat this sensitive piece of skin is bearing the brunt of the weight. Not that comfortable. With its unique design, Manta hopes to take the pressure off the gooch and makes a more comfortable ride.
The individual limbs of the seat are designed to rotate around the central rail to allow your legs to pedal freely.
Frankly, it looks huge and intimidating and also reminds me of a disgustingly giant centipede. And it seems like it would irritate your legs after a while, as it will constantly be rubbing against them during pedaling. But, if it allows me to ride longer while keeping my body feeling better, I might consider giving it a try. I'll have to see some positive reviews first, though. See it in action in the short clip below.
Via The GearCaster and Manta