Bicycles

Heated saddle puts cyclists in the hot seat

The Sweet Saddle is powered by a hard-wired battery pack, carried in a separate frame bag
The Sweet Saddle is powered by a hard-wired battery pack, carried in a separate frame bag
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The Sweet Saddle is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign
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The Sweet Saddle is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign
The Sweet Saddle is powered by a hard-wired battery pack, carried in a separate frame bag
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The Sweet Saddle is powered by a hard-wired battery pack, carried in a separate frame bag
Buyers can select a triangular bag that attaches at the point where the frame's top tube and seat tube meet
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Buyers can select a triangular bag that attaches at the point where the frame's top tube and seat tube meet
Air is blown through an array of gaps in the top of the Sweet Saddle
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Air is blown through an array of gaps in the top of the Sweet Saddle
Buyers can also select a rectangular bag that accommodates an iPhone in a waterproof transparent compartment on top
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Buyers can also select a rectangular bag that accommodates an iPhone in a waterproof transparent compartment on top

If you're a winter cyclist, then you'll know how off-putting it can be to press your butt down onto an ice-cold saddle. Slovenian inventor Drago Beravs is out to remedy that situation, with his heated Sweet Saddle.

Plans actually call for the device to be offered in three versions: one that blows warm air onto the rider's derrière, one that provides a cooling effect by blowing non-heated ambient-temperature air, and one that can be switched between heating and cooling modes.

All three models will incorporate a fan that pushes air up trough an array of gaps in the polycarbonate saddle – the prototype in the photos looks like carbon fiber, but that's just a faux finish. The heated versions will also utilize a heating element.

The Sweet Saddle is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign
The Sweet Saddle is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign

Power is provided by a hard-wired 12-volt/9,800-mAh lithium-ion battery pack, which is carried in a separate Velcro-strap-mounted nylon frame bag. One charge of that battery should be good for a claimed 24 hours of run time in cooling mode, or two hours when blowing heated air. Buyers can choose between a rectangular bag that also accommodates an iPhone in a waterproof transparent compartment on top, or a triangular bag that attaches at the point where the frame's top tube and seat tube meet.

The saddle does not mount on a standard seatpost, so what is basically a "headless" seatpost is included, along with a saddle-rail mount that is fastened to its top. Weight figures sit at a claimed 600 grams (21 oz) for a saddle that includes a heating element, with the seatpost and mount tipping the scales at a combined 410 g (14.5 oz).

Should you be interested, the Sweet Saddle is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign. Assuming it reaches production, a pledge of US$140 will get you a cooling-only saddle, $160 will get you a heating-only model, and $170 is required for a saddle that does both.

Source: Kickstarter

3 comments
Bob Stuart
I have many vivid memories of winter cycling. The seat temperature never registered.
JeremyHinton
"If you're a winter cyclist, then you'll know how off-putting it can be to press your butt down onto an ice-cold saddle". Yup, 55 years cycling, and this has yet to be a problem.
Trylon
Even if you would be bothered by a cold saddle, a simpler, lighter and much less expensive solution would be wearing a pair of cycling shorts with padded chamois. Less expensive ones that are designed to be worn as underwear are also available for less than $20. Besides, I suspect that most people will not be satisfied with the basic comfort of this products. Major companies spend millions on research to try to make their saddles comfortable and even they can't make a single model that satisfies everyone.