Hey, I was just wondering if anybody had ever used memory foam on their saddle? I just got a memory foam bed and its the most comfortable thing ever, so I think it would be really comfy. I don’t know about prices or weight, but tell me what you guys think.
Do not use memory foam. I have tried it, and it sucks. You sit on it and it compresses to nothing. When it freezes around -1C here, it turns rock hard. Jrduegod (or something) made a custom saddle the a closed cell foam. Find the thread and do what he did.
Memory foam = good for whole body support, bad for crotch-only support
I think it needs a lot more surface area to do what it’s designed for. With a unicycle (or bike) seat, you want support on certain areas but not others (the midline for instance). The best seats will offer the support where you need it but not put too much pressure on all the other areas.
I have two saddles with memory foam and I have revised one a few times to get a good comfortable set-up. The foam comes in many different firmness / softness ratings and it is very important to get the right one. My first attempts were too firm and my current saddles are about right. They do freeze easy though but that is only a factor for a minute or so and then your body heat warms them up. I have never had a problem with the boys being on fire like I used to get. I am doing rides of 1-2 hours in the saddle all the time. I find my saddles are way way more comfortable than the orgional KH ones.
I have an '07 KH saddle now too but I haven’t given it a test to compare it to my saddles. Maybe in the next few weeks.
With the new KH Freeride saddles now available I don’t think there is much need to explore the memory foam and other alternative foam options. The Fusion Freeride foam is comfy and shaped well. The most comfortable saddle for long road rides that I’ve used so far. Better than any of the modified saddles I’ve made so far including the air + foam saddles I’ve made.
I did the 33 mile Chilly Hilly ride last weekend. It was the first long ride on my new Fusion Freeride foam. I finished the ride with my butt feeling much better than it has in past years doing the same ride.
My saddle is the KH Freeride foam on a Miyata style carbon base. It has a little more curvature in the saddle than the stock KH Freeride saddle. I’m going to play around with the CF base to reduce the curvature and see if that makes it even better.
I don’t want the Fusion Freeride to stop the innovation and new ideas in foam saddle technology. But it does raise the bar from where it was.