Astute is a young Italian brand building on the heritage of Italy's revered saddle makers by offering innovative, high-end saddles that are 100 per cent Italian made, and now available in the UK.
The Astute shape is consistent across all the brand's saddles. The top-end Skycarb has a carbon shell and rails, the Skylite features a nylon shell with carbon rails and the Skyline offers a nylon shell and titanium rails.
Each saddle is available with a cut-out (VT) or traditional closed design (SR). Astute has also introduced Pilarga versions of the Skylite and Skyline, which offer a 145mm rather than 135mm width and scuff guards on the edges of the saddles.
Padding comes from three types of foam, layered over the V-shaped shell design for comfort and support, then covered with a layer of microfibre. The rails and shell sandwich buzz-reducing rubber inserts at the rear, construction that Astute calls Shock Pad Absorber System.