When someone says 'saddle', we instantly think of Fi'zi:k, Selle Italia and Specialized. We know how good each of these are, and when it comes to mountain biking, Specialized takes the lead - even the Giant team uses them because they're such good quality. Regarding contact points, Specialized’s big thing is Body Geometry. The idea is to use science to measure things and design products to suit. In the case of saddles, Specialized have decided that blood flow through the arteries that pass between your sit bones is something worth maintaining. Who would have guessed?
They do, after all, supply the family jewels, and while we’re not aware of any proven link between reduced blood flow and permanent damage to something important, not starving your bits of blood does seem like a rather smart idea. Thus, the BG design is all about reducing pressure. Clearly that’s what all the other saddle designers are trying to do too, although as far as we know, Specialized are the only ones to have proved that theirs work.