Saddles are a funny thing. Finding the perfect one is like finding the Holy Grail… Back in February, I purchased a Rivet Independence to replace a C-15 Cambium that was too narrow. I had originally gotten the Cambium to replace a Berthoud touring saddle that was claimed to be waterproof but alas was not and was too wide and chafed my thighs.
I know, I sound like Goldilocks and the three bears…
The Independence is half-way in between the width of a B-17 and a C-15 at 160mm. I have ridden it about 500 miles since I got it.
First impressions is that it did not need to be broken in at all. It has been extremely comfortable and does not bother my thighs when in the drops. I have gone on 30+ mile rides with hot, humid weather but little rain and the saddle has been fine. I have never been pinched as I have with a Selle Anatomica (Christ that hurts…). And supposedly, this saddle is rainproof. I will update after my first ride where I get caught in the rain.
I may have found my perfect saddle. Time will tell.