I broke two of these saddles on two consecutive early season rides in precisely the same way. Both times the saddles were on my gravel bike, and temperatures were just above freezing. Both times the plastic shell cracked about 1.5" behind the nose of the saddle while riding uphill on a relatively smooth dirt road. Both saddles were less than a season old. There is clearly a problem with these saddles.
I bought this in the throes of winter training for an upcoming Gran Fondo and my trusty Fizik Antares R1, was just feeling a little too stiff anymore. While it may be ok on the road, it is several years old and decided it was time for an update. I generally wait a version or two before jumping into a new product. Knowing Fizik, I thought it would be worth the risk. There is a little break in time required but not much. Makes my 4+ hour endurance trainer sessions more tolerable. Initially, it is a bit tacky feeling and you cannot slide on it like a traditional saddle - a little frustrating. After a couple months of use, it is burnishing a bit, so smoother and more ability to shift weight as needed.
Cannot wait to get out on the road with this.
Iï¿½ve owned about 4 Antares saddles over the years. Iï¿½ve had them on my different bikes because of how well they work for me. This one is even better. Iï¿½ll have to order a second one for my other bike.
Different zones of pressure work well and definitely tech that I can see becoming the normal for high end saddles in a few years.