What It Is: The Fabric Cell bike saddle utilizes hex-shaped air pockets to create a more comfortable ride.
Why We Like It: Want to make your bike more comfortable in one fell swoop? A saddle is one of the easiest, most effective ways to upgrade your ride. But finding a truly good one right away is tougher than it should be. Most saddles that feel soft to the touch are too soft for anything but the shortest rides. Other seats, like the Brooks B-17, only get comfortable after hundreds of miles. The Fabric Cell is the exception — it’s great from the get-go, even without bike shorts and a chamois. We’ve been riding ours for a few months for everything for trips around town to five-hour rides on the road, dirt, and gravel, and the Cell always provides the ideal amount of cushioning. So much so, we wish we would’ve bought it last summer when it was released.
Fabric claims this is "the world's first airsprung" bike seat. It's plush, without being excessively squishy. The Cromoly rails — the two bits that help the seat attach to the seat post and bike — also add to the comfort, thanks to flex qualities of the steel. Reminiscent of eMacs of yore, in the best sort of way, the Cell looks unlike any other saddle on the market right now. The best part? It's $80, which is a fraction of the cost of some of the competition’s units.
Nitpick: Although Fabric offers six colors (clear, black, red, green, blue, pink), only the blue and black are available in the United States. And it only comes in one size: 155mm wide and 282mm long. However, we dig the Fabric’s 60-Day Fit Guarantee: If you don’t like the saddle, you can return it within the first two months and receive credit towards another Fabric saddle. A money-back guarantee would be even better, and something, we have a hunch, few people would take them up on once they've used it.