Fizik’s short saddle range is split into two options: the Vento is its race-focused seat while the Tempo, which I have here, is designed for longer endurance rides.
The Tempo Argo measures 260mm long and 150mm wide at the sit-bone point. Fizik also offers the Tempo in a wider 160mm version. To ensure you choose the correct width, use the online saddle finder or get measured by a Fizik dealer.
This R5 model uses Fizik’s standard 7mm-diameter K:ium (titanium alloy) rails and tips the scales at 246.7g. If you want to go lighter, Fizik also offers the Tempo in R3 (hollow rail) and R1 (stiff carbon rail) variants for £130 / $149 and £180 / $225 respectively.
The Tempo features Fizik’s Type 2 padding. It’s a dense, memory foam-like material that has plenty of elasticity and is slightly thicker around the ischial sit bones area, so along with the very flexible hull the Tempo is exceptionably comfortable.
The heel of the saddle gently kicks upwards, not as extremely as something like the San Marco Shortfit Open Dynamic, but more than enough to keep you in position and stable.
However, while the slick matt cover material is great in the dry, when you introduce rain it can feel somewhat greasy, making it harder to stay in one position when the weather really takes a turn for the worse.
The Tempo is a supremely comfortable saddle and one that I can easily ride all day every day. The short length makes for plenty of freedom in your pedalling action, and when you want to get into the drops and up the excitement levels it’s as unobtrusive as it is comfortable when you’re riding on the hoods.
I liked the angular aesthetics that add a touch of futuristic class, too.