This is an update to my review of 12312019. I emailed FIZIK through their website about the broken rail. They requested photos, then said it could be fixed, if I sent it to them (Pozzoleone, , Italy). It cost me $24 to send the saddle in a padded envelope by USPS. I received it back today, as good as new!
Replaced an Arione R3 with this saddle. Liked the R3, but I would find myself on one side of the saddle to take pressure off the pineal. Replaced with the R1 Versus, a thinner saddle with the center cutout. Could have probably gone with R3 Versus, but this one fits me well AND I know have no issues with the carbon wrapped seat rails and seat post chewing on my bib shorts. The channel is well done - I do not even consciously or otherwise notice it, just that I now comfortably sit in straight in the saddle. I can ride seated forever and have no issues with numbness, and the thin saddle is so easy to get up from and then sit back on after climbing. Will see how durable it is, but have put several hundred miles on it and looks brand new as you would expect.
Light, they do breathe through the knit top and has 3 vents on the sole. The twin ratchets are well-placed and do a great job snugging the shoe just right. I have the black with the red underneath, they look great. The only thing I can find fault with is the upper tensioning lace will catch on the foot opening at the top of the shoe. Other than that these are quite awesome. Looking forward to how they perform in the summer here in central Texas.