As much as it sounds self-serving, Steve Corbin is right. It's the shape of the saddle more than anything else which seems to be the comfort factor. I've had Airhawks, AirRiders, beads Corbins and Meyer seats. In a recent add, Corbin made the point that cowboys who are in the saddle all day long, do not necessarily use a lot of padding, ventilation or space age materials, but rather firm (but properly shaped) leather. Beads do ward off "Swamp Ass" but can also become uncomfortable. Airhawks work on certain flat saddles. The most comfortable sadle I ever had was a stock R1100RS saddle that was reworked by the good folks at AirRider; (think an Airhawk inside your saddle). they use an air adjustable bladder that you set to your own contours. All that having been said, there is nothing comfortable on a 100 degree day.