I've always had saddle problems. I've tried different seats, pads, sheep skin, etc., and have found that there is no universal solution that fixes everyone. Each person's weight, shape, age, and bike, affects their comfort level. I have an Air Hawk pad that I used for a year or two and it's pretty good. But I've known people that like bead mats so I saw this one for a good price and tried it. I have only used my Air Hawk once since I purchased this bead mat and that's when the mat fell apart and I had to repair it. Then I went right back to the mat and have used it for a year now. Yes, part of my bead mat came apart but I just sewed it back together. After that single repair it's been fine. But I don't hook mine down to the seat. I leave it loose so that I can move it around if I need to. The beads aren't like round marbles, they are more elongated beads. I can hardly believe that I like this simple thing so much and just paid 25 bucks for it and it's the best answer for me so far.