Rubber Meets the Road

Vibram ( has teamed with Selle Italia ( to make a unique set of bike saddles that feature patterned rubber under the nose and flexible rubber tabs on the wings.

Vibram, a brand synonymous with the deep-rutted rubber tread of hiking boots, touts its rubber trim on these saddles as providing good grip when shouldering the bike; shock absorption; and a firm hold on your shorts at the back of the saddle.

Available in two styles, the Yutaak Genuine Gel and Yutaak Gel Flow, the saddles sell respectively at about $130 and $145.

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.