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The Lab | San Marco Dirty Native Pro Saddle

Since 1935 San Marco has been producing some of the highest quality kit, so we decided to test out one of their newest saddles so you don’t realize your mistake after you invest your hard earned money. Originally featured in Issue #016, so either read on here for this review, or check out hundreds more in the magazine!

Since 1935, San Marco has been producing some seriously major products in the line of MTB...Plus they sponsor Cedric Gracia
Since 1935, San Marco has been producing some seriously major products in the line of MTB…Plus they sponsor Cedric Gracia

The 155g ­light Dirty Native Pro saddle has had a lot to put up with over the past eleven months: almost 2,000 km of riding, numerous filthy wet rides, several crashes, and countless wash cycles. While the top, saddle cover, and carbon rails appear completely unfazed by all this, the Kevlar side reinforcers have almost entirely worn away to reveal the plastic shell.

The saddle took a bit of battering, as you can see, but still weighs in at a crazy 155g
The saddle took a bit of battering, as you can see, but still weighs in at a crazy 155g
"While the top, saddle cover, and carbon rails appear completely unfazed by all this, the Kevlar side reinforcers have almost entirely worn away to reveal the plastic shell."
“While the top, saddle cover, and carbon rails appear completely unfazed by all this, the Kevlar side reinforcers have almost entirely worn away to reveal the plastic shell.”

Even if this hasn’t (yet) affected the saddle comfort, it does look a little scruffy. Our tester concluded: “The compact form and the amazing compromise between weight and stability are definite winners, but in terms of durability I feel a bit let down.”

Tester: Aaron Steinke
Price: 139.90 €
Weight: 155 g
Duration of test: Eleven months
Km ridden: 1800

For more info, visit:dirtysm.com

Words: Aaron Steinke Photos: Klaus Kneist