Re: [RC] There must be a better way to fit a saddle !  Robert FerrandDavid, In defense of the Saddletech System, I think you may have misunderstood the SYSTEM. The SYSTEM is not one instrument as you suggested. In fact, it is an array of MEASUREMENT Instruments and manufacturing fixtures that create a "FEED BACK LOOP" that corrects for errors  so that the "scientific method" can be applied. This feed back loop makes the SYSTEM far more accurate than any other device, because it is a SYSTEM. Please review the flow chart at this link http://shopping.netledger.com/s.nl/c.ACCT66637/sc.5/category.2024/.f By measuring from two different reference points, three dimensional shape as well as interface pressure, we are able to build and CALIBRATE a formula that adjusts for the effect of the rider's weight. If the formula balances, providing a saddle with an even distribution of pressure, we have VALIDATION and we are on to something. Now that we have developed the Orthotic, we can make very accurate saddle shapes because we have a "manufacturing method" that provides a one to one relationship. So THREE DIMENSIONAL measurements that are taken in the field can be used in the manufacturing process very accuratetly. So now we are expanding the research capabilities of the SYSTEM, so that saddle makers can better understand what is required to build a saddle that fits, based on real data, THERE IS NO GUESSING GOING ON HERE, IT IS ALL MATHEMATICS. With this level of capability, now we can make an array of different shapes and compare the effect of different shapes to each other, relating numerical values to the actual pressure that that shape actually creates under the saddle. Please check this link of an array of nine different shapes incrementally 10 degrees, narrower, wider, fatter and more rock http://shopping.netledger.com/s.nl/c.ACCT66637/sc.7/category.2217/.f Since we have complete control on the calibrated shape including even being able to flair for asymmetrical scapulae. You can literally have any shape you want. Pick a set of numbers, one of these shapes is the one that will work for you. You are quite right that we have a dynamic problem with a variety of factors. However the saddle fit question Ultimately comes down to how can you build, choose, or refit the saddle that exists STATICALLY. Some craftsman some where has to work on the saddle in one place. The key is understanding the relationship between STATIC and DYNAMIC. That can only be done numerically. That is exactly what the Evidence Based Saddle Fitting Method accomplishes. Please note that the Saddletech Computer System has always been able to do dynamic pressure testing. In fact, the new MK I I System will even allow you to document the pressures on a 25 mile ride, more data than you could ever want. Please also note that the new MK I I Saddletech Gauge is also increasing its data set focusing on the so called "saddle pocket. My point is that without numbers, we are just guessing, because we have no reference point. We need a common language, that is what measurement is ? a common mathematical language. As an engineer you should appreciate that once you can cross reference two data sets you really have something of value. The SADDLETECH SYSTEM provides an engineer?s dream, the saddle customer's salvation and true HORSE PROTECTION. Robert Ferrand Inventor of the Saddletech System =================================== Ridecamp is a service of Endurance Net, http://www.endurance.net. Information, Policy, Disclaimer: http://www.endurance.net/Ridecamp Subscribe/Unsubscribe http://www.endurance.net/ridecamp/logon.asp Ride Long and Ride Safe!! ===================================
