The heart of our SQ-Short ONE12 is the SQ-Pad 12 - firm and low profile. 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!
The initial impression of the SQ-Pad 12 is very similar to that of a SQlab saddle, initially somewhat unfamiliar, but the more you ride the more comfortable it becomes and adapts to the body perfectly without slipping. A further significant advantage of our flat and firm chamois is that the sitbones do not push it inwards causing the sitbones to rub on the edges as is often the case with many high and soft chamois. The comfort foam used to manufacture the SQ-Pad 12 is made by special manufacturing technique which creates the foam's unique properties. 98% of the foam's surface cells are broken up so that only the connection between the foam cells remains and make up the framework of the foam. This makes the foam extremely breathable despite it's high density while improving its damping properties. This allows uncomfortable sweat around the perineum area which often leads to chaffing to penetrate to the outside with ease.
A too soft trouser pad has the same effect as a too soft saddle: the sit bones sink in so far that riding becomes uncomfortable as the sensitive soft tissue, such as muscle and tendons are aggravated. Besides the pressure, the shear forces caused by the pedaling motion are more decisive.
Please see sizing chart in images - product runs small as is customary for European textiles. SQlab USA RECOMMENDS GOING UP 2 SIZES FROM WHAT YOU WOULD NORMALLY ORDER.
|Material||Main Fabric: 71% Polyamide, 29% Elastane. Mesh: 86% Polyamide, 14% Elastane|