Prologo Nago Evo Nack CPC saddle £199.99

Road saddle with non-slip grip

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The Nago Evo shape fills a mid ground between a highly rounded design such as the San Marco Concor and the flat profile of the Fizik Arione, and we’ve found it appeals to a wide range of riders. It’s available in 134mm and 141mm widths, increasing its wide-ranging appeal still further.

For a semi-round shape the Nago actually has a fairly pronounced nose-to-heel curvature, slightly obscured by its deep multi-density padding. But what makes the Nack CPC different is the surface texturing. Called CPC (Connect Power Control), it’s a densely bunched series of short suction, cup-like polymer tubes – think octopus’ leg. 

The technology has been used in motorsport, mainly for grip on gloves, and it’s presently exclusive to Prologo. The height, diameter and density of the tubes vary, and it’s claimed to have a non-slip grip, improve shock absorption and increase blood flow through a massage effect!

We’re not sure of the massage but the tenacious grip certainly makes this great in the wet. The polymer tubes also give the feeling that you’re sitting on a much more cushioned saddle than the standard Nago. And the comfort is superb, up there with the best lightweight saddles around.

If you like to move around then the CPC probably won’t suit you. We thought it might be a little restrictive, but in use we found the non-slip surface a boon. Being fixed and secure lets you concentrate on turning the pedals, and using the CPC made us realise just how much effort we had been making just trying to sit still in the saddle.

The saddle’s 8x6mm carbon rails are strong but we have found some incompatible seatpost clamps, which can be an issue. This saddle weighs 214g, compared with 177g for the Nago Evo.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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