What Do the Sweat Marks Under Your Saddle Mean?

Riders are always looking for a quick way to gauge their saddle’s fit. You’ve probably heard of—or tried—a few: The baby powder test, sweat mark interpretations, etc. But what are the sweat and dirt patterns under your saddle really telling you? Nikki Newcombe, a Society of Master Saddlers-qualified saddle fitter and founder of Bliss of London saddles, in the U.K., helped take some of the mystery out of these marks.

First, she said, it’s important to ensure your saddle pad sits evenly beneath your saddle and remains so throughout your ride. Ideally, upon removing the saddle, the dirt and sweat that accumulated on the underside of your pad should be f

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