I have two...one with a silver stripe, and one with a "felt" black stripe. The all-black one seems a bit stronger and the silver one is losing it's silver. Older Ariones seem to have rather thin leather which can tear around the back edges. My newer black one does not have any problems....
down the center. Seems to be fine, it does have a torn part around the back edge, but that was from a fall. Have had an all black one as well, and the cover semmed to be pretty durable.
As for the MIcrotex, I use the Microtex bartape in Silver and it is holding up rather well. I also love the feel of it.
Silver and red here, too. Very nice combo. I've been very abusive towards it and it holds up fine. There is a part on the edge that has ripped but it hasn't gotten any bigger, even after 5-6000 miles like that.
I don't like any Arione that has a stripe that is sticky, like the stock black one. I like the slippery stripe.
Interesting thing about Fizik saddles is few of them come in genuine leather. They use Microtek instead. Even if you order one custom. I've not used mine long enough to comment on the durability. I presume they use Microtek because it holds colors longer, or is easier to dye/paint.
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