Just to dispel a few myths
The proofcare you need is £10 max - and one tub will last you ages - you only need to do it a couple of times a year
I got a B17 imperial from amazon for around £60 - not big money for a saddle these days....
Its leather - the stuff your shoes are made of - it won't fall to pieces in the rain !
I couldn't get comfy on anything else - so I have no choice but to ride a brooks. Its not for everyone (which saddle is) - but don't beleive the high maintenance, useless if it gets wet tales