SQ-Pads

The perfect pad for any area of use

For racers who are out of diapers

Hard and thin!

The new SQ-Pad 12, has a maximum thickness of 4 mm and initially feels both exceptionally firm and of high quality. Everyone that rides regularly knows that for rides of over 30 min duration, a saddle with thin firm padding is considerably more comfortable than a saddle with thick soft padding. The same is true for a chamois. Most chamois are about 12 mm thick and soft - UNTIL NOW!

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.

 

SQlab conclusion

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?

Because high-quality foams with better damping features have a higher density and thus lose their breathability. By means of a patented process, we have managed to break up the structures of the very dense foam. The result is a high breathability, comparable to conventional upholstery or even better. The perfect cushioning remains fully intact. 

Shear forces

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.

 

 

 

SQlab solution

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. 

SQ-Pad 10

  • maximum 8 mm thick & firm
  • has a thin layer of orthopaedic thermoplastic elastomer (TPE)
  • the TPE is specially designed to absorb shear forces
  • universally suitable for any sit bone distance

SQ-Pad 11

  • maximum 6 mm thick & firm
  • has a thin layer of orthopaedic thermoplastic elastomer (TPE)
  • the TPE is specially designed to absorb shear forces
  • universally suitable for any sit bone distance

SQ-Pad 12

  • maximum 4 mm thick & exceptionally firm
  • becomes more and more comfortable with increasing mileage and adapts wonderfully to the shape of the body
  • universally suitable for any sit bone distance

SQ-Pad 12R

  • maximum 4 mm thick & exceptionally firm for the very sporty sitting position 
  • becomes more and more comfortable with increasing mileage and adapts wonderfully to the shape of the body
  • universally suitable for any sit bone distance

The right SQ-Short for every occasion with the right padding

*available from april 2019

SQ-Short ONE10

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. 

 

 

SQ-Short ONE11

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.

 

 

SQ-Short ONE12

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.

The pelvis

When sitting normally, the sitbones support the body‘s weight and have the capability to withstand high pressure. This should also be the case when riding a bicycle. With an athletic riding position, the perineal area of men and the lower positioned pubic bone arch of women on the saddle.

The well branched out network of nerves and blood vessels of the perineal area reaches from the anus via the genitals to the upper pubic bone arch. On the sides it reaches past the pubic bones. 

These are capable of carrying a small weight – but a pressure reduction is essential. An even pressure reduction in the perineal area and the pubic bones is achieved through the lowered nose of our SQlab step saddle concept.

The sitting position

When sitting, the sitbones (areas marked in green) serve the purpose of supporting the body’s weight, hence they can endure a high load and pressure. They should also be utilised in this way when riding a bike.

 

In a dynamic riding position the contact point moves from the tip of the sitbones, forwards along the pubic arch to the pubic bone and the central perineal area is used for resting on for both genders. Women however, typically have a lower pubic arch which can result in higher pressure from the saddle nose when riding in a dynamic riding position. The surface area the riders weight is resting on is especially critical in a very dynamic and forward riding position and in such a case the riders weight should not only be supported in the centre but also on the pubic bone.

 

The sitbone and pubic bones both come together from their widest points in a “V” shape. This means the more dynamic the riding position, the narrower the saddle is allowed to, and should be.

Already in 2002 we developed a simple equation which uses the distance of the sitbone tips in dependence of the riding positing to calculate the perfect saddle width. This method has meanwhile been established globally. The method may be interpreted slightly differently from different saddle manufacturers and many leave the adjustment equation away all together, but our basic concept is used in all of these measuring methods.

 

The flexibility of the spine has much less influence on the positioning of the pelvis as often assumed. Spine and pelvis should remain in a natural position relative to each other and not be forced into a certain position, even if the body is very flexible.

 

Especially with the SQlab step saddle it is no longer necessary to tilt the pelvis backwards as the typical pressure zone of the perineal area and pelvis arch no longer pose a problem due to the lowered position of the saddle nose. The energy which is often required to hold the pelvis upright while the upper body taks a dynamic and forward position is no longer required with the SQlab step saddle and can instead be used for pedalling and propelling the bike forward. In addition, there is substantially less load on the spinal discs.