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Planet Bike ARS Anatomic Relief Review

Built for cruising in comfort, this saddle is a solid choice for commuters looking to save some cash.
Planet Bike's ARS Anatomic Relief Bike Saddle
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Price:  $45 List | $30.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Comfortable, affordable
Cons:  Heavy, lacks durability
Manufacturer:   Planet Bike
By Curtis Smith ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 9, 2016
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  • Comfort - 30% 7
  • Performance - 30% 4
  • Versatility - 20% 5
  • Durability - 10% 4
  • Weight - 10% 3

Our Verdict

The Planet Bike ARS is a comfort-oriented saddle best suited to use on a cruiser or commuter bike. Thick padding and a full anatomical cut out offer comfort for the rider who prefers an upright position and would rather skip padded cycling shorts. We found the Lycra cover to be susceptible to abrasion, but the rails and shell held up well during our testing. Consider the ARS if you are in search of an economical saddle for commuter or cruiser duty.


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Pros Comfortable, affordableCan relieve perineal pressure, nose suits frequent standing and sitting, good for long ridesComfortable on long rides, supportive, affordableComfortable, durable, versatileRelieves pressure, good price, texture prevents slip
Cons Heavy, lacks durabilityPricey, can alter riding form, can focus pressure pointsLimited colors, bull shape can limit positioningSuede like material on nose of saddleSaddle can stick, excess padding, pricey
Bottom Line Built for cruising in comfort, this saddle is a solid choice for commuters looking to save some cash.A unique saddle that minimizes perineal abuse while maximizing speed.A great, affordable saddle for mid- and long-distance rides.A versatile saddle with a rounded shape and slight rise at the rear, loved by both the aggressive racer and the casual recreational cyclist.A sweet cut-out model with generous padding and a sleek racing design.
Rating Categories ARS Anatomic Relief Selle SMP Pro Fizik Aliante Gamma Kium Fizik Aliante Terry Fly TI
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Specs ARS Anatomic Relief Selle SMP Pro Fizik Aliante... Fizik Aliante Terry Fly TI
Dimensions L260mm, W166mm L 278mm x W 148mm L 265mm, W 142 mm L 261, W 141mm L 277mm, W 140mm
Weight (grams) 393g 337g 252g 245g 236g
Target Use (mountain, road, etc.) Recreational, Commuting Road Road Road, Mountain, Cyclocross Road
Rail Material Steel Steel Alloy Kium Alloy 316 Titanium alloy
Seat Cover Material Lycra, Synthetic Leather Synthetic Microtex Leather
Shell Material Plastic Nylon, Carbon Reinforced Nylon Carbon Reinforced with Twin Flex™ center Carbon Unspecified Composite
Anatomical Cut Out or Channel Yes, full cut out Yes, full cut out No No Yes, cut out

Our Analysis and Test Results

Comfort


The Planet Bike ARS is a comfortable saddle when used on the cruiser bike, or for short commutes. The padding is extremely thick, rivaled only by the Serfas E-Gel Cruiser Saddle. An anatomical groove runs the length of the saddle, transitioning to a full cut out near the nose. On longer rides the thick padding proved to be too much, leading to chafing and hot spots.

Performance


This is not a performance-oriented saddle. The padding compresses significantly under load and does not provide a good platform for hard efforts. Designed for an upright riding position, the Planet Bike ARS is not well suited to riders looking for high performance.

Versatility


The Planet Bike ARS is not highly versatile. It is not well suited to mountain bike or road cycling use. For commuting or cruiser duties it functions quite well.

Durability


The Planet Bike ARS comes equipped with steel rails, and a strong plastic shell. Its weakness is a fragile Lycra cover. The Lycra is susceptible to tears and abrasion. We tore the Lycra cover in a mild crash, exposing the foam padding. We also noted signs of wear and abrasion from normal friction between clothing and the saddle.

Weight


With a weight of 393g, the Planet Bike ARS was the lightest comfort oriented recreational saddle in our review. Compared to the 774g Serfas E-Gel Cruiser, it is a featherweight. It is however, a bit heavy for competitive road or mountain use.

Best Application


The Planet Bike ARS is a comfortable saddle, well suited to cruiser or commuter duty. If you need a saddle to for short trips, and would like to skip the padded cycling shorts this could be a good choice. Skip it if you are looking for a saddle that can handle the rigors of off-road use.

Value


For $29.99 the Planet Bike ARS presents a good value. It is not likely to last you as long as other saddles in our review, such as the Brooks England B-17 Saddle, but you could purchase several of them for the difference in price.


Curtis Smith