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!
I found the Arione as my saddle of choice about 9 years ago after many trial and error efforts over the years. Now, all of my bikes have the Arione and if I see them go on sale, I buy an extra one just to keep on hand.
This is my second Arione Classic saddle and love it. Strong, light, comfortable for me. I tried multiple different saddles and then went back to my old favorite Arione Classic. Glad I did.
Discovered the Fizik Arione classic six years ago and have been a satisfied customer ever since. I've been riding since 1984 and have ridden many saddles over the years. None compare with the comfort and versatility of Fizik saddles.
Saddles are mostly about fit and comfort. It it doesn't fit, it isn't comfortable. Years ago I bought a Cannondale Six/13 and it came with this saddle. I never found a reason to upgrade or replace it until it sagged in the middle. I can say they are durable, but I can't tell you if you'll find it as comfortable as I do. This purchase is for my commuter bike which given the amount of time I spend on it, demands comfort.
Good length, nice flex on the sides and relatively light. I had been using Avocet O2 Air for many years until I could no longer acquire them. Since then I have switched to the Fizik Arione which has become my new favorite. I have used them since the demise of Avocet. They are a great saddle which accommodates multiple riding positions. Its easy to either slide up or back on the saddle as needed.
I've been riding Ariones for 12 years and tens of thousands of miles. When the cover wore out on my last one, I upgraded to the R3 version. Not only was it less comfortable, but the shell broke in 2 years. Thankfully they still make the original. And, the price is a screaming deal. Love the Arione Classic.
I am glad they continue to make this simple great looking saddle. It seems like there are a lot of gimmicks or design changes with the various saddle companies at the expense of tried and true products.
Once I find a saddle I really like, I tend to stay with them for years.