Comfort

  • Specialized has teamed up with Carbon, to create a 3D-printed saddle that's comfier than "old school" foam-filled models.
  • ​If you work in an office cubicle, then you likely don't have much control over the factors that determine your comfort level. Well, a new device could at least let the powers-that-be know if things need improvement, by monitoring the environment in your cubby hole.
  • ​Pain and numbness in the butt/crotch is a common complaint among cyclists, which has led to the development of various types of saddles that are claimed to address the problem. One of the latest, the Canadian-designed Airo Bike Seat, utilizes flexing "Wing-Springs" on either side.
  • Claiming to be the first major change in the business aircraft seat in 30 years, Bombardier Business Aircraft's new Nuage seat makes its debut on the company's Global 7000 aircraft. The new handcrafted seat incorporates a number of new features for greater comfort.
  • ​Butt discomfort is a common complaint among cyclists, caused at least in part by road vibrations being transmitted up the frame and into the saddle. The Rinsten Spring addresses that problem, in the form of a steel spring that's installed between the saddle and seatpost.
  • Last August, Redshift Sports launched a Kickstarter campaign for its road-focused and very normal-looking ShockStop suspension stem. That campaign was a success, and the stem is about to hit the marketplace. We recently had the chance to try one out. ​​
  • Trying to find a comfortable position in which to sleep when on a plane can be an exercise in futility. You could try folding your arms and resting on a tray table, but a lack of space may keep you awake. The inflatable Woollip travel pillow breathes new life into these age-old problems.
  • ​Although a lot of people may describe conventional bike seats as being "a pain in the butt," the fact is that they're more often a pain in the crotch. That's why 3 West Design first developed its air bladder-equipped Reprieve Bicycle Saddle. We recently got the chance to try one out.​
  • According to Vancouver, Washington-based engineer Jay Small, waterproof cycling gloves have a hard time keeping out the rain while also letting the sweat escape. His solution? Use regular dry-weather gloves, and his DriBarz handlebar fairing.
  • Over the years, various companies have created suspension handlebar stems, and they’ve all looked a little "unusual." The ShockStop is the latest take on a suspension stem, but it looks completely normal.
  • Soldiers often have to carry over 100 lb (45 kg) of gear in a backpack, for several hours at a time. That’s why engineers at the Australia’s Department of Defence have developed a new exoskeleton, that diverts two thirds of pack weight directly to the ground.
  • For women, buying the wrong shoes can be about more than just esthetics. That's where the DemoShopInstantShoe project comes in. Established a few years ago, the collaborative effort is now about to release a device that instantly adapts off-the-rack shoes to a custom fit.