Then a year or so ago, Dan McConnell of Trek Factory Racing started riding Bontrager's newest XC race saddle, the Montrose.
One of the things that Bontrager has always been good about with their saddles is being conservative and thoughtful about where they place their padding, and this is no exception. What makes a good saddle great isn't the amount of padding, but where it is to counteract those rear-end pressure points. In fact, the Montrose Elite even has a segment of the saddle's core exposed at the rear since padding in that particular area doesn't really benefit anyone with a normal behind, but I digress...
And the Montrose makes those things easier to deal with. Not just because it's comfy and you can sit down every once in a while, but because of its shape.
If you've put time into trying to improve your mountain bike skills, one of the things you may have heard is that your saddle can be a tool to move the bike around as much or even more than the handlebars. Put simply, the Montrose is the right shape for you to get groovy. It doesn't get in the way, but it's there for you to use when you need it.
In the end, I have to give Bontrager props on this one - I've been waiting and hoping for some time that they'd produce a great mountain bike saddle, and while they're late to the game, they've certainly made up for the delay.
Bontrager Montrose Elite - 5/5