The Liv Alacra SLR is the brand’s premium lightweight racing saddle, featuring a wide, short nose and a cutout middle.
The saddle has a curved design that Liv says matches the female anatomy. The saddle has a high rear that curves into a dipping middle and into a sloping nose portion.
Weighing around 180g, the Alacra is lightweight, thanks to its ultra-lightweight carbon composite shell.
This makes it a great choice for racing and if you’re looking to lose weight on your bike.
The Liv Alacra SLR comes in just one width, 155mm, and it looks very sleek.
Personally I found it didn’t give me the cushioning and support I was looking for compared to other saddles and I think it should come in more sizes.
However, saddles are a hugely personal experience, so check out our guide for more information on how to find the saddle that’s right for you.
Liv Alacra SLR: Comfort
At first pressure, the Alacra SLR is quite firm, especially at the wide and short nose.
The brand says the padding uses “highly elastic, flowing particles” that “reduce pelvic pressure by more than 20% by distributing pressure over a wider contact area.”
I can’t quantify that, nor do I know what the 20% is, but I didn’t experience any overt discomfort with the pressure on my rides.
Personally I would have liked a lot more padding, especially at the back and at the level of the nose.
The Liv Alacra SLR has a cutout design which is a common saddle technique used to reduce pressure.
I’m fine with a cutout design, which means I haven’t had any issues with pinching, but as mentioned, I didn’t find this saddle the most comfortable.
Liv Alacra SLR: Sizing Options
In my opinion, a major downside of the Alacra SLR is that it only comes in one 155mm size.
This means that unless your seat bones reach this width, you may not find this saddle comfortable at all. In my case, my seat bones measure 155 mm.
Even if I’m lucky, it seems odd that Liv only offers one size option, especially when most other brands offer at least two different size choices.
When talking to Liv about it, the brand explained that it chose a width and shape that supports a wide range of consumers based on measurements from its research and development over the years.
Liv says this size will fit the majority of her consumers and the brand currently has no plans to offer any other widths.
As a brand specifically aimed at women, and no doubt aware of the issues women have faced with saddles over the years, the lack of size options seems a bit counterintuitive.
It would be great to see other size options on the market in the future.
Liv Alacra SLR vs Selle Italia Diva Gel Superflow vs Specialized S-Works Power with Mimic
The Liv Alacra SLR has a lot less padding than the Diva Gel and S-Works Power with Mimic, so as mentioned before, the Alacra is best for those who don’t need a lot of padding.
In terms of weight, the Alacra is a considerable 75g lighter than the Diva Gel, and only costs around £30 more, so it would be a good choice if you are looking for a light and racy saddle.
However, the Alacra is 7g heavier than the Power with Mimic which is a very small number, although I also found the Power with Mimic to have a better level of cushioning and was more comfortable.
That said, price is an important factor here. The S-Works Power with Mimic costs around £125 more than the Alacra. With that in mind, the latter presents itself as a truly cost-effective lightweight saddle.
Liv Alacra SLR: Verdict
Overall, the Liv Alacra SLR is a good lightweight saddle for the rider who doesn’t need a lot of cushioning, likes a cutout design and is looking for a racy saddle.
Compared to other lightweight saddles on the market, the Alacra is particularly affordable.
It should be noted that the Liv Alacra SLR is currently out of stock, but Liv expects it to be back in stores in July.