We put the Fizik Arione K3 triathlon saddle to the test.
Long hours on aerobars can cause great discomfort, especially if you tend to perch on the nose of the saddle. Fizik’s solution is this tri-specific Arione which, like its more expensive brother, the K1, has a deeper, wider and more padded nose than usual to alleviate pressure.
Despite looking much more bulky than our usual Arione, the Kium-railed K3 weighs only 241g (238g claimed), which is hardly a penalty – the added grams only equivalent to a fraction of your ride nutrition. The fibreglass thermoplastic composite shell is well proven and supportive, while the Microtex covering has a sharkskin feel to it, which provides a good level of grip in all conditions, almost eliminating slippage.
Sustained time on the extensions was considerably more comfortable than on our usual road saddles, and Fizik’s Wing Flex design always allows great leg articulation. An unexpected bonus was the rubberised feel of the saddle’s long tail, which provides useful grip when manoeuvring the bike in and out of transition. As with all of Fizik’s saddles, the K3 accepts any of the company’s snap-on seatpacks or lights.