Selle Italia Launches Sustainable Italian Made Saddle for $50

Mar 25, 2021
by Ed Spratt  

Selle Italia has launched its first sustainable saddle with the new Model X Green Superflow.

The saddle is the first product to be made from the brand's new Green-Tech production process focusing on speed, lessening environmental impacts and lower costs.

The new production method uses an automated system that Selle Italia claim is the only one of its type. The saddles are made without glues and polyurethanes and use materials with small environmental impacts.

As the first saddle to emerge using its new technology, the Model X Green Superflow features a simplified assembly using just three different pieces. With no glue involved in the manufacturing, Selle Italia instead opts for a co-molded construction design using mechanical connections to bring the components together. Selle Italia claims the saddle offers improved comfort over similarly priced saddles as it uses two materials of different flexibility in its construction.



The Italian production of the saddles means Selle Italia has been able to reduce its CO2 output. With complete control over manufacturing, it can reduce waste and cut down emissions from transporting products made overseas. Selle Italia also mentions Italian production has helped avoid some of the supply issues affecting the whole industry.

The Model X Green Superflow weighs 315 grams and will cost $50/€50. You can find out more here.


46 Comments

  • 107 1
 The real trick is developing a saddle that catches methane output from riders.
  • 2 0
 You killed me with this hahahaha Smile
  • 3 0
 or u can just say ROCKET POWER then release the exhausts
  • 56 1
 The most sustainable saddle is the one you already have.
  • 48 0
 Only an ass would disagree.
  • 23 0
 Glad that someone got to the bottom of the question.
  • 11 0
 @nozes: Hindsight is a wonderful thing.
  • 5 0
 damn you and your good point, i was ready to hit add to cart!
  • 1 1
 The cow that gave its life for my saddle agrees.
  • 1 0
 @JohnnyVV: I see what you did there...
  • 47 0
 This. We need to move production back from China. It's possible, it helps with ecology but also it has technological and economical impact. It's time to turn the list, if there is still a time...
  • 29 14
 This is what the Green New Deal is all about once you cut through all the BS. Strengthening domestic manufacturing while reducing overall environmental impact. Win WIn
  • 11 44
flag Logan760 (Mar 25, 2021 at 14:08) (Below Threshold)
 @Burningbird: The green new deal is to let other countries pollute to sustain your country as you cut back production and lose jobs. And cow farts are bad mmmmkay.
  • 10 7
 Well said, pitty there not more Americans with your train of thought
  • 44 0
 If it's comfortable, that's a great price!
  • 11 0
 Unbeatable price and it looks good!
  • 10 1
 No doubt. What's up with all the $100+ saddles these days?
  • 2 0
 @noapathy: more cushion for the pushin’
  • 18 0
 I welcome their approach to trying to be better for the environment but there remain so many questions here. Other than a bit of glue and reducing carbon transport miles, what in this saddle justifies the use of the word 'green' or 'sustainable'?

Delving deep into their website and tech specs, there is no information on the materials used or where they were sourced. Is the leather from a tannery which pours chemicals into a river, is the plastic recyclable?

I applaud the effort but if companies want to avoid being accused of greenwashing, then they need to offer full disclosure on their products when making such claims. Why just one saddle in the range if the commitment is to truly make a difference?

@pinkbike please can you start doing some reviews around this topic such as most eco-friendly sealant, lubes, tyres, brake pads etc. You have a point of influence that could help the industry drive forward to greater accountability and away from greenwash marketing.
  • 2 0
 A agree these are more or less deposable this is a bit of greenwashing. Berthoud (sold on Rene Herse) or a traditional Brooks have far more tangible production footprint and material can be recycled and cover composted.

As far as know in terms of sourcing Selle Italia/San Marco uses domestic production as well Fizik/Brooks. The majority of saddles if not made by those two are made by velo.
On materials
$25-50 USD most seats really cheap and very hard to salvage in any meaningful way
$50-90 quality is better on mid range OEM these can be salvage but the foam is still hard to fix
$110 + the Undercarrage is glass nylon or carbon fiber/nylon with EVA or high density more less the same up to the 300-350 range. The only difference is material of rails and sometimes the premium seats are bit more sculpted
$350+ the undercarriage is actually carbon fiber and resin, but foam is same as the $100-300 range. Considering how rigid CF is coupled with cost I find these kinda silly

I'm of the opinion Selle Italia monolink (or rail, I forget) was really on to something as personal clamping on CF is bad idea. I find a lot Selle Italia SLR that have delaminated from overnighting.
  • 1 0
 @pinkbike

What does '100% full sustainable' mean?
What materials are used in this saddle?
Are there any tradeoffs made to have a more "green" saddle?
What is the end-of-life for a saddle like this?
Are the stated reductions in CO2e compared to production overseas or compared to other saddles Selle Italia is making domestically? How big are those reductions?
What else is Selle Italia doing?

Progress, not perfection guys. Share it all instead of hiding behind marketing terminology in the hope that the rest of the industry will join in making improvements and learn from everyone's mistakes.
  • 2 0
 Yeah, I'd be curious to know what this saddles carbon footprint is compared to a non-green saddle. Also, recycling plastic is a joke. Plastic you put in the recycle bin doesn't get recycled most of the time. A more interesting approach would be a saddle you could replace the rails on. That way when one component of the saddle breaks you just replace it instead of the whole saddle.
  • 15 0
 while this is great saddles are rarely replaced. Would love to see the consumable's like brakes pads, bottom brackets, fluids, etc...move to this type of approach to greener manufacturing. I would give up a bit of braking power if I knew that they were produced in a more environmental friendly process
  • 5 0
 This. And also if I could be sure that I'm not leaving nasty metal dusts and chemicals in the forest. Ahemmm tyres..
  • 11 0
 It would be nice to know which materials they are using instead when they say "materials with small environmental impacts". Couldn't find any more info on their website.
  • 4 0
 "Selle Italia has been able to reduce its CO2 output." I think it's gonna be a harder job to reduce CH₄ output from the owners.
  • 2 0
 Older seats can pretty easily be recovered with any piece of microfiber and/or leather from a sofa or coat at a thrift store. Newer seats are tricker as the cover is tucked inside the the foam then sandwiched between the glass nylon undercarriage

I've posted pictures on my profile if anyone want to look at the process
  • 5 0
 Thin as pizza, soft as spaghetti.
  • 2 0
 makes you nap halftime into the trip
  • 1 0
 I mean, its made in Italy, did you expect it to look like sushi?
  • 4 0
 I'll buy on if I need a saddke. I want to back up these innovations, the market is there I'm sure.
  • 2 0
 not all glues are bad. in SE asia they use the sap from unripened jack fruit as a glue. if you've ever cut open a jack fruit and encountered that sap, that knife is pretty much done.
  • 4 0
 This is welcome news! I'd be willing to give this a try. This industry needs more sustainable initiatives.
  • 2 0
 Mattmathew, amazing jackfruit sap is truely difficult to remove maybe harder than contact adhesive which is common in upholstery work.
  • 1 0
 This is the right kind of idea. It doesn't matter how green your product is or its intentions, but if it costs too much then nobody is ever going to use it.
  • 2 0
 Currently being shipped via Evergreen.
  • 2 0
 Selle Italia.. its Italian for "ass hatchet"
  • 1 0
 Laughed too hard, thanks.
  • 1 0
 Well what the hell is it made of then
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