Avocet, a Northern California company has been involved in the saddle market for many years through the importation of Italian made saddles. They were the first to introduce to the U.S. an anatomically designed saddle characterized by the two bumps on top, well over a decade ago. Later they brought forth a nylon shell that was flexible, not rigid as had been the custom at the time so the seat could "flex" giving added comfort. Now, we have the GelFlex. The GelFlex is made in Italy using a molded nylon base that has depressions molded into it, to accept additional padding. On the shell is a molded, high density foam padding onto which the Spenco Gel package placed.
The saddle is covered in a Black Lycra that is glued at the sides and around the underneath of the lip at the bottom. In the tail area, at the bottom, the Lycra is also stapled for added hold. The rails are made of spring steel with the return curve at the rear, (in fact the rear rail receiver looks remarkably like the Vetta VSA-relationship?). Where the rails end at the front varies depending on the saddle style. The Avocet series 20 saddles come in four styles, Mens (touring), Womens (touring), Racing, and Comfort (which is like an ATB type, but a little wider than usual). A top down, silhouette image is provided above to show each of their relative sizes. These shots were done at exactly the same distance so they show each of their shapes and sizes relative to each other. The exact weights and dimensions are provided in the saddle table. The series 20 saddles come with a Black Lycra surface. $ Price in Catalog