The perfect pad for any area of use
Hard and thin!
A too soft saddle
A too soft saddle usually becomes very uncomfortable after approx. 30 – 45 minutes on the bike.
The sit bones sink in so far, that sensitive soft tissue such as muscle and tendons are aggravated. After approx. 30 – 40 minutes a dull deep pressing pain sets in. The sinking in of the sit bones also causes the perineal area in men and the lower positioned pubic bone arch in women to be subjected to higher pressure. Specifically soft padding will effectively stop the blood flow.
The question now is why we ride taut, slim saddles, but make a soft saddle again with the thick, super-soft padding that we often wear in our cycling shorts. The effect of the soft saddle (in this case: hard saddle + super soft pad) then again leads to the serious impairments of sinking, the restricted blood supply and the increased friction.
With the SQlab Pad Technology we have succeeded in eliminating the effect of a soft saddle. After a long development time we have developed an ergonomically high-quality pad with the characteristics hard, thin and firm.
Soft saddles are usually only suitable for short distances of approx. 30 - 45 minutes! The effect of a soft saddle can also be achieved by combining a tight saddle with a soft, thick trouser pad. SQlab advises to avoid this effect and to pay attention to the thickness of the pad as well as to avoid soft saddles.
One Size !
Why are the shorts pads SQ-Pad 10, 11, 12 universal?
The SQ-Pads are universally suitable for every sit bone distance. With smaller sit bone distances, the pad extends slightly to the right and left. This can be a problem with a hard saddle, but with a 4 - 8 mm thin short padding, these are just two small pieces of foam that fit onto the anatomy of the body. The slightly wider extension ensures that the sit bones rest firmly on the Pad during the pedaling movement and do not push it inwards.
SQlab Conclusion: A saddle that is too wide can lead to problems – a Pad cannot.
Why haven't tight trouser pads been around for some time?
Painful sitting bones initially get used to the strain - this is quite normal. The pain is caused by the periosteum, whereby the pressure is less the problem than the shearing forces caused by the pedalling movement. The slight but constant movement of the pelvis on the saddle causes painful shearing forces on the periosteum.
The SQlab trouser pads SQ-Pad 10 and SQ-Pad 11 have a thin layer of an orthopedic TPE gel. This gel has been specially developed to absorb the shear forces in the medical field and thus to avoid friction.
Three pads for each kind of use
From the idea to develop an ergonomic trouser upholstery three pieces were created, with the aim to create the best comfort for every sitting position.
The right SQ-Short for every occasion with the right padding
*available from april 2019
Area of use: MTB Tour & Travel
Our ONE10 short is a pure underpants and is optimized for this use.
The SQlab underpants are for all who don't like skintight shorts.
The heart of the ONE10 is the pad SQ-Pad 10, which is maximum 8 mm thin and still tight. The pad consists of a dense and at the same time extremely breathable foam, which is equipped with a thin layer of a TPE gel on the underside. This serves for the optimal absorption of the shearing forces arising during the pedalling movement.
Area of use: MTB Tech & Trail
The SQ-Short ONE11 is equipped with the SQ-Pad 11, a maximum 6mm thin and tight padding. The pad consists of a dense and at the same time extremely breathable foam, which is equipped with a thin layer of TPE gel on the underside. This serves for the optimal absorption of the shearing forces arising during the pedalling movement.
Another special feature of the SQ-Short ONE11 are the removable SAS-Tec Tripleflex protectors at the level of the femoral neck and hip joint. These are designed to protect the sensitive neck of the femur, especially in the event of falls. The breathable, elastic straps and the honeycomb cuffs ensure a perfect fit.
Area of use: Road & MTB Race
Hard and thin.
The SQ-Pad 12 is only a maximum of 4 mm thick and initially feels exceptionally firm and high-quality. Comparable to sporty saddles, which are just as slim and tightly padded, the SQ-Pad 12 keeps its shape especially on longer distances.
Unlike many high, soft pads, it is not pushed uncomfortably inwards during the pedalling movement
For racers who are out of diapers.