Selle Italia has been steadfastly delivering us the right mix of cushion, responsiveness, and pressure relief for ride after ride over the years, its elegant saddles supporting us over finish lines, on easy coffee shop loops, and as we chase punishing PR's for seasons on end. It's an understatement to say the brand knows saddle craftsmanship, so when the firm feels that it's necessary to introduce something new, we're all ears. The SLR X Cross Saddle first debuted last year, but compared to its decades old cousins, it might as well be brand new. Built with more of an off road focus, we'd be happy to top off our gravel, 'cross, or XCtrail bike with this intuitive option. Though you'd be hard pressed use heavy as an adjective to describe any Selle Italia saddle, the X Cross does weigh slightly more than some of the pared down carbon race shelves Selle Italia makes. The added weight comes from a minimal amount of padding, included to subtly cushion harsh landings and bumpy rides without zapping your power on climbs and straightaways. Grippy panels positioned directly under each sit bone set the saddle apart from some of Selle Italia's more ambiguous models, helping you stay oriented when you push your capable 'cross frame over a bouncy, rock lined crux. The X Cross' other features will be more familiar to Selle Italia loyalists a Fibra Tek cover protects the saddle's internals from years of exposure to the elements, while lightweight titanium 316 rails soundly support the saddle's shell. Made with a carbon composite blend, the shell allows for ample power transfer to your setup with the right dose of forgiveness for long ride comfort.