I have both. The beaded seat is not really comfortable but it really works on keeping your rear in shape on long rides. It does what it claims. The Alaska Sheep Skin is comfortable and also gives your rear end a break. I personally would carry both. the beaded seat is not good in cold weather. I also have an Airhawk, which is better than both in my opinion.
...and I've gone to just keeping the Alaska Leather sheepskin on the bike. Comfy and ventilated in summer, warm in winter so it's good year round. I liked the beads pretty well in summer for the ventilation, the sheepskin breathes pretty well too.
I have the Alaskan Leather Sheepskin and was pleasantly surprised at how much difference it makes in comfort on a lengthy trip. Well worth the $29.95 (show special) I paid at the Int'l Rally in Lima this summer. I use it all the time. However, I understand that switching between the beads and the sheepskin gives you the best of both worlds.
By the way, it is my understanding that the best beaded seat covers come from:
I used beads for years summer and winter on the stock seat. Added much comfort. Never had a problem with the cold and ventilation in the summer was great. Great when it rains because you don't have to sit in a puddle of water. Up to 915 miles in one day.
I have not had to use the beads since getting the Sargeant seat. Up to 920 miles in one day.
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