I think that its no secret that I have a love-hate affair with Specialized but I've been a believer in the Body Geometry products since they first started appearing in my local bike shop. I've owned a few BG saddles over the years and had mostly positive results. I needed a new saddle for my CX bike as the WTB Rocket V was giving me alot of grief that I just couldn't take anymore and I wanted to put on some big miles without my ass feeling like I had sat atop a jack-hammer for an hour, so I wandered into the friendly Brantford Cyclepath to get fitted for a BG saddle.
The Specialized saddle purchase experience is much more in depth than looking at a saddle and pressing your thumb into it to get an idea of the "comfort rating". First thing they had me do was sit for a minute on the Specialized Ass Ruler, or whatever it was called. Once my sit bones were measured up it was time to test a few saddles in the proper width. It turns out that my ass calls for a 155mm wide saddle, so a conventional looking Phenom was attached to the fit bike for me to sit on a pedal. It felt ok. Then I was introduced to the Power saddle. I was a little apprehensive as it had a very odd look to it, but we tossed it on the fit bike for a test. It worked great. I put down my money and $120ish later I was out the door with the ugly ducking saddle.
I've logged alot of miles on the saddle already, including the TillsonBurn, and I have to say its the most comfortable saddle I've ever owned. It takes the fit and feel of the older BG saddles and kicks it up a notch. Even after long days in the saddle, where my old WTB would have had me in agony, the Power saddle was super comfy and supported my sit-bones perfectly. The version I bought has hollow Cro-Mo rails and very thin padding. The graphics are subtle and don't draw alot of attention to the saddle (I really hate huge 'look at me' graphics on products). Setup was a breeze with a setup guide right on the packaging. I had the angle dialed within a few minutes. I think Specialized has the saddle purchase experience locked down, having the proper width saddle for your sit bones is an essential part of having a comfortable seat.
I've been using this seat on my CX bike and am super happy with it. I've been doing some reading and have found some people liking it on their mountain bikes too. I was sold on getting a Phenom or Henge for my mountain bikes but might try the Power for a ride or two to see how it stacks up in the mountain bike side of things.
I realize that saddles are a personal choice, but the fit procedure and in-store testing have the Specialized product ahead of the rest. Some might balk at the price tag, but take into consideration the time and fit procedure of the purchase and it works out to be a good deal. I'd rather spend $120 on a saddle that fits and I can test in the store, than $80 on something that feels like a torture device once home and installed on my bike. I have to give the Power saddle a perfect 5/5 score. Its that good.
The Bric...._ mountain biker, road rider, heavyweight gear abuser. Built like a brick sh*thouse. No bike is safe.