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7 Best Women’s Road Bike Saddles

Nothing can make or break a ride quite like a saddle.  If your bottom-side isn’t comfortable, the miles can go be verrrrry slowly.  Or even worse, you might end up developing saddles sores or soft tissue bruising.

Unfortunately, it is hard to recommend a BEST saddle as each woman has different anatomy and different preferences.  Nonetheless, we’ve rounded up a list of bike seats for women that are recommended by female cyclists time and time again.  

Each of these saddles is a little bit different, so whether you like a wide saddle or a narrow saddle, a hard saddle or a soft saddle, you should be able to find a recommendation here to suit your needs.  We also give a run down on how to choose the best women’s bike saddle for your behind.

How to Choose a Women’s Bike Saddle

Are women’s specific saddles best?

Not necessarily.  I’ve had women-specific saddles that I’ve hated, ones that I’ve loved, and a couple of unisex saddles that rocked my world.  That said, women-specific saddles do generally fit women better than a men’s saddle.  Women typically have wider sit-bones than men and therefore need a wider saddle.  Women-specific saddles usually also have a cut-out to relieve soft tissue pressure (something I personally appreciate).

Examine your Personal Anatomy

Knowing what style of womens bike seat might fit your body best is a little tricky. A good place to start is to think about what you don’t like about your current saddle.  If your sit bones hurt, you might need a wider saddle. 

If your genitals hurt, you might need a larger cut-out.  If your inner thighs are getting chafed, you might need a narrower saddle.

Consider your Riding Position and Style

The type of bike you have, and the way that you ride it, can determine the type of saddle that will suit you best. 

If you ride in a more leaned over position, down in the drops, you will put more pressure on your soft tissue.  In this case, you need a saddle with a wider cut-out. 

Alternatively, if you have a more upright bike with a less aggressive reach, then you might need a saddle with a wider saddle or slightly more padding for your sit bones.

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Don’t Equate Padding with Comfort

One of the biggest mistakes I see women make when buying a bike seat is thinking the cushier it is the more comfortable it will be.  Unfortunately, more padding brings with it a host of problems including saddle sores, chafing, and all around discomfort.

Get a Professional Fitting

If you continue to have saddle discomfort, even after trying a few different saddles, you might consider getting a professional bike fitting.  A professional will be able to measure your sitbones, and evaluate issues that aren’t related to the design of your saddle at all. 

For instance, your saddle might be too far forward, too far back, tilted at a strange angle, you might be leaned over too far, etc, etc, etc.


When it comes to road bike saddles, the higher the price the lighter and more performance oriented it is.  The extra cost is probably worth it if you are racing or putting in a LOT of miles.  For more casual riders, a mid-price saddle will work just fine.

There are a couple things that can drive up the cost of a saddle.  The first is the material of the covering on the seat.  Real leather for instance will drive up the price significantly compared to a synthetic material. 

The core material of the saddle can also drive up the price; higher end saddles usually have a carbon inner that makes it lighter and helps absorb vibration from the road.  Finally the material that the saddle rails are made from can drive up the price; again, the lighter the material the more expensive the saddle.

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Terry Butterfly

Almost every serious female cyclist I know has owned and loved the Terry Butterfly at one point or another.  It has a wide rear, a narrow nose, and a good-sized cutout making it suitable for a wide range of bodies.  It also comes in fun prints which we appreciate. 

For women at any range of the budget spectrum, the Terry is a good pick.  The basic version is $78, and the carbon version is $194.  All have the same great design, the price just goes up with the material of the core and rails.

Best For: Just about everyone

Price: $79.00

Selle Italia SLR Lady Flow

Selle Italia saddle

The Selle Italia SLR Lady Flow is the brand’s reworked version of their most popular saddle.  Compared to the male version, it has a wider rear and adds a cutout.  

This saddle is super lightweight and boasts a sleek, fast looking design.

Best for: Women who like a large cutout

Price: $199

Fi’zi:k Luce

Luce saddle

We like the Fizik Luce for women that suffer from thigh chafing. It has a dramatic taper toward the nose that allows for plenty of leg clearance. 

This manganese saddle is also super affordable, proving that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get more comfort.  If you want something lighter, they also offer the same design in a carbon version.

Best For: Women experiencing thigh rub

Price: Price not available (Last updated: 2021-02-16 at 00:57 – More Info)

Terry Damselfly

Terry Damselfly Saddle

Another awesome saddle by Terry, the Terry Damselfy is a narrower version of the Butterfly. It’s perfect for women who like to ride fast or those who simply prefer a narrower saddle. 

This is my preferred saddle, and I use it happily on both road and trail.  It is firmer than some of the other saddles on here, and transfers power well.

Best For: Women who like narrow, firm saddles

Price: $83.00

Brooks England B17 S Saddle

Brooks B17 womens saddle

If you are a lady who likes all thing classy and classic, the Brooks England is made for you.  With a real leather exterior, wide rear, and plated steel rivets, the B17 provides durability and comfort that will keep you rolling for a long, long time.

Best For: Touring

Price: $140

Specialized Women’s Power Pro With MIMIC

Forget a big cutout. In fact, the Specialized Women’s Power Pro With MIMIC doesn’t have a cutout at all.

Instead, it uses 5 layers of foam to minimize soft tissue swelling, and the ladies we know swear by this unique design. To further ensure you’re comfortable, the saddle comes in several different widths to match your sitbones.

The Specialized Power Pro also happens to be one of the better aggressive saddles on the market, perfect for serious riders and racers. 

Best For: Women who like to ride hard

Price: $240

Terry Bicycles FLX Saddle

Terry FLX

The Terry FLX saddle is a lightweight, minimally padded saddle that doesn’t sacrifice comfort for performance.  If you prefer a more minimalist saddle, the FLX is worth a look.

Best For: Serious riders

Price: $135.95 (Last updated: 2021-03-06 at 09:17 – More Info)

Comparison Chart: Bike Saddles For Women

Still not sure how all these saddles stack up or which one is best for you?  Use this comparison chart to help you choose.

SaddleWeightSeat WidthSeat LengthRecommended UseCoverRails
Terry Butterfly Carbon218 g155 mm262 mmRecreational road cycling, racingLeatherCarbon
Terry Butterfly335 g155 mm262 mmRecreational road cyclingVinylChromoly Steel
Selle Italia SLR Lady Flow 135 mm275 mmRecreational road cyclingLoricaTitatnium
Specialized Women’s Power Pro 231 g143 mm Recreational road cycling, racing Titatnium
Fiz:ik Luce Manganese 231 g144 mm 281 mmRecreational road cycling IschialFlexManganese
Fiz:ik Luce Carbon175 g143 mm 281 mmRecreational road cycling, racing IschialFlexCarbon
Brooks B17 Womens455 g  Touring LeatherSteel
Terry FLX 228 g142 mm 260 mmRecreational road cycling, racing LeatherManganese
Terry Damselfly 230 g130 mm 267 mmRecreational road cycling, racingFibra-tekTitanium

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2 thoughts on “7 Best Women’s Road Bike Saddles”

  1. Has Ergon ever been reviewed here? I’m looking at the the Ergon SR Sport Gel saddle. I’m a novice cyclist and finding my problem is soft tissue chaffing, as I’m currently riding on a saddle w/o a cutout.

    • Hi Claudia,
      The Ergon saddles are on my to-do list. So no written review, but yes, I think you would love the Ergon saddles. I have several girlfriends I ride with that rock their saddles, and they’ve said they’ll never switch.


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