Tom Ritchey's four decades of riding, racing and elite team sponsorship have taught him a lot about what makes a great saddle. For example: shape matters — the padding has to be perfect…not too mushy, not too firm. Careful attention to shell flex and pressure management is of particularly critical importance. To eliminate hot spots and provide incredible comfort for long, hard rides, most Ritchey saddles feature the patented Vector Wing. This feature isolates and suspends the rear saddle rail attachment points away from the saddle shell, allowing saddle pressure to be distributed more evenly and naturally.