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Selle Royal Explora saddle



Comfortable, waterproof saddle for more casual riding, though you couldn't call it light
A good shape and a choice of three widths
30-day comfort guarantee
It's very heavy

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The Selle Royal Explora saddle is one made for comfort rather than performance or low weight, and is aimed at those of us who enjoy leisure riding, both on and off road. There's no getting away from the fact that at 415g it's a bit of a weighty beast, so if you're a budding racer it's really not one for you. But if you're looking for a comfortable seat for more leisurely riding, then it might be a good option – especially as it comes with a 30-day money-back comfort guarantee.

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I found Selle Royal's Explora saddle a great addition to my commuter bike. I ride this on a daily basis in my casual, non-cycling clothing, which means no padded chamois. The Explora's waterproof features helped to keep my backside dry – and I found the shape comfortable too. Which is pretty much the crucial factor when it comes to saddles...

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The first thing I noticed when getting this saddle out of the box was the weight – at 415g you really can't help to be aware of it. For example, the Prime Doyenne Shorty Saddle with Ti Rails comes in at a similar price and tips the scales at 215g, which really puts its weight in context. That said, if your leisure bike is itself pretty heavy, you're very unlikely to notice a couple of hundred extra grams, and if it improves your comfort, it could be worth it.

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I found it quick and easy to install, with no quirks.

One neat feature is that the saddle comes with the Clip & Go system that Selle Royal uses, which allows you to attach compatible bags to the back of the saddle. It's very similar to Fizik's Integrated Clip System.

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It's a decent-looking saddle with a main black section and a few small orange accents, giving it quite a premium look, and it's all very neatly finished too.

Selle Royal offers the Explora in three different fits: Athletic, the Moderate I tested and Relaxed.

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The Athletic is designed if you ride with your upper body leaning forward at around 45 degrees, the Moderate for 60 degrees and the wider Relaxed model lives up to its name, and is the one for you if your riding position is pretty much upright.

Ride Impressions

The clear aim of the Explora saddle is to be comfortable rather than to improve your performance, and I found it very pleasant to use.

It has a slightly unusual shape. From front to back there's a slight dip in the saddle, and that's accompanied by a near-full-length channel that's designed to reduce pressure points on the sensitive parts of your body.

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Selle Royal has used Royalgel in the construction of this saddle, which in practice feels like a squishy layer on the top of the saddle. I found this comfortable on my commuter bike but unfortunately there's no guarantee that'll work for you. Which is where Selle Royal's 30-day comfort guarantee comes into play.

One of the Explora's best features is that it's waterproof, which I always think is more handy for a commuter bike's saddle than for a racier one. After all, there's a greater chance that a saddle like the Explora is likely to be left out in the rain, and it's nice to come back to it and find the surface hasn't acted like a sponge. Just make sure you wipe away the surface water and you're good to go.


While £59.99 isn't that expensive these days, when you can easily pay well into three figures for a race saddle, it is £15 dearer than the similarly specced Bontrager Commuter Comp saddle.

The Fabric Cell Elite is an air-sprung saddle that Matt found very comfortable. It comes in around £50, weighs 360g and like the Selle Royal is designed for more upright, leisure-flavoured cycling.

If you're looking for something a little more sporty, Stu really liked the Fabric Scoop saddle, which is not only 100g lighter than the Selle Royal, it's also £20 cheaper.


The price of saddles is so varied that it's hard to compare across models, but the Explora has ups and downs for the price – it's waterproof, looks good and I found it comfortable. But it is pretty weighty – which may or not be an issue on a leisure bike – and it doesn't offer anything novel you couldn't find elsewhere for a little less cash.

It comes in three different widths, which is good to see, and Selle Royal's 30-day guarantee gives you a good deal of peace of mind – and for that I think some extra price is reasonable.

If you're after a saddle that's comfortable, easy to live with and able to cope with British rain, and you want something with a bit of squidge, then the Selle Royal Explora is worth a punt.


Comfortable, waterproof saddle for more casual riding, though you couldn't call it light test report

Make and model: Selle Royal Explora saddle

Size tested: 274x152mm (LxW)

Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Selle Royal says: 'The ultimate comfort for bike trips – both short and long – Explora is designed for leisure riding over mixed terrain. A layer of Royalgel™ is strategically placed to ensure pressure reduction, while additional soft tissue relief is made possible by its ergonomic design. With its finishing look reminding you of the outdoors, you'll be dreaming of weekend adventures to come until it's time to proudly take your Explora out for another spin.'

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

The Explora includes:





Rate the product for quality of construction:

Everything about it suggests it's a well-made saddle.

Rate the product for performance:

The saddle is waterproof and I found it comfortable – but it is heavy.

Rate the product for durability:

The waterproof nature and the choice of material have held up excellently so far.

Rate the product for weight (if applicable)

This is one very heavy saddle.

Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)

The shape won't suit all, but I believe most people will get on with it.

Rate the product for value:

You could easily pay a lot more for a saddle, but the Selle Royal is £15 dearer than the similar-ish Bontrager Commuter Comp and a tenner more than the Fabric Cell.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

This saddle has performed really well on my commuter bike, offering a nice comfortable ride, and I like being able to leave it in the rain without concern for a soggy bum.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

I really like the waterproofing.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

It's very heavy.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on

There are plenty of saddles that are cheaper, like the Fabric Scoop, or even the Bontrager Commuter Comp, but the price is reasonable for a saddle of this quality – and you get the added bonus of a 30-day comfort guarantee.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes – if it was reduced in price.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes – if they're a casual cyclist looking for a waterproof saddle.

Use this box to explain your overall score

I've been very pleased with the saddle.

It's designed for those who aren't chasing top-end performance, as demonstrated by its weight, but it held up very well on my commuter bike, where I found it comfortable and the waterproof top very handy over winter.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 23  Height: 174  Weight: 72

I usually ride: Storck Aerfast   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Semi pro

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, touring, club rides, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,

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