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Review: Infinity Seat is barely there, but it's big on comfort

Review: Infinity Seat is barel...
The Infinity Seat E2 hit the market this year
The Infinity Seat E2 hit the market this year
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The Infinity Seat E2 hit the market this year
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The Infinity Seat E2 hit the market this year
Designed in response to user requests, the Infinity Seat E2 is 1.25 inches (32 mm) shorter than the standard version
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Designed in response to user requests, the Infinity Seat E2 is 1.25 inches (32 mm) shorter than the standard version
The Infinity Seat E2 tips the scales at 245 grams, and features a flexible polymer body, steel alloy rails, and neoprene closed-cell padding that's hand-wrapped in Italian leather
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The Infinity Seat E2 tips the scales at 245 grams, and features a flexible polymer body, steel alloy rails, and neoprene closed-cell padding that's hand-wrapped in Italian leather

It was back in 2013 that California chiropractor and triathlete Vincent Marcel took to Kickstarter, to finance production of his bizarre-looking but supposedly very comfortable Infinity Seat bicycle saddle. Well, it's become a commercially-available product since then, and guess what? It works!

The Infinity Seat has actually been available for some time now, although the E2 model was just released this year. Designed in response to user requests, it's 1.25 inches (32 mm) shorter than the standard version. Among other things, this allows road racers to more easily drop down onto the top tube when going downhill, maximizing their aerodynamics.

In general, though, the idea behind the Infinity Seat is that the rider's sit bones and pubic bones are suspended in mid-air, with the fleshier sides of the buttocks absorbing the rider's weight over a wider area. This is claimed to greatly reduce butt pain, along with genital numbness. In fact, in tests performed in Arizona, pressure mapping of the Infinity Seat as compared to some popular conventional saddles did apparently show a marked decrease in pressure points and friction temperature.

Designed in response to user requests, the Infinity Seat E2 is 1.25 inches (32 mm) shorter than the standard version
Designed in response to user requests, the Infinity Seat E2 is 1.25 inches (32 mm) shorter than the standard version

Because there's not much to it, the seat is also quite light. The E2 tips the scales at 245 grams, and features a flexible polymer body, steel alloy rails, and neoprene closed-cell padding that's hand-wrapped in Italian leather.

Given that the roads are still covered with snow and ice where I live, I tested the E2 by putting it on my road bike, then riding on a set of rollers. Perhaps more so than with other saddles, it's very important that you get the angle, seatpost height and other factors just right. To that end, "Dr. Vince" actually offers to guide buyers through the setup process via a Skype chat. Given that most customers probably won't bother with that, though, I decided that I should also just follow the provided instructions.

Upon first trying it out, I noticed that one really sits in the Infinity Seat, not on it. And it doesn't feel like you're sitting in nothing – your butt is still pressing down on an immovable object, so you are aware of the edges of the saddle. After several rides, though, I have to say that the thing really is comfortable. Because it isn't easy to stand up while doing so, roller-riding does tend to lead to a lot of rear-end and "down there" discomfort, but that wasn't a problem with the E2.

The Infinity Seat E2 tips the scales at 245 grams, and features a flexible polymer body, steel alloy rails, and neoprene closed-cell padding that's hand-wrapped in Italian leather
The Infinity Seat E2 tips the scales at 245 grams, and features a flexible polymer body, steel alloy rails, and neoprene closed-cell padding that's hand-wrapped in Italian leather

One thing that should be noted, however, is that the Infinity Seat isn't ideal for mountain bikers. Because it's a bit wider than a regular saddle, along with the fact that it sort of kicks up at the rear, all-terrain riders would likely have some difficulty sliding off the back to transfer their weight rearward on steep descents.

And yeah, it does look kinda weird. Depending on the buyer, that could either be a selling point or a detractor.

The Infinity Seat E2 is available via the company website (linked below), and is priced at US$297. Buyers can also go for the more general-use $297 E1X, or the fancier $397 E3.

Product page: Infinity Seat

13 comments
Lim
Trivial as it may sound to many, about 18% of Australians are Vegan/Vegetarian. I would NEVER buy a seat that has cost lives and that will continue to cost the lives of sentient beings.
MD
Lim. You obviously aren't the target demographic for this "superior" product then. You may wait inline for your fossil fuel inspired synthetic version. If the choice is fossil resource depletion or a little bloodsh3d. take your pick....
CarolynFarstrider
I wonder if the seat is just designed for men, with different shaped pelvises?
KaiserPingo
Great saddle in a wonderful leather (I've just had the seats in my Alfa Romeo re-upholstered with new amounts of beautiful leather), but the prizing is insane !
anthony88
Looks easily copied. How long before there's a $20 version?
Douglas Bennett Rogers
The construction is very similar to a $20 Walmart saddle. If it's as good as it looks, you should see it there in a year or two.
Mik-Fielding
Apart from being covered in leather which is off putting for many people, I was finding this quite interesting until it came to the price! They are living in cloud cuckoo land charging so much for it, it can only remain as a small scale boutique product with limited sales potential. Get rid of the leather and sell it for well under $100 and they might be on to a winner ...
Jay Gatto
Up is now down. So funny.
anthony88
Had a painful thought about this seat while riding on the weekend: Will male riders need to wear tight shorts to stop the possibility of testicles becoming trapped in the opening or on the middle spike, potentially becoming distended or ripped off in an accident?
SzMike
anthony88, I had the same thought, this is a dangerous good.