do brooks vary this much?
i broke in a b17 champion narrow last winter and only persisted on account of the reported enthusiasm for them, because it felt pretty damn hard and hardly the armchair that others describe. after 1500 miles, well i can't say it is as comfy as an armchair but i tried my old gel saddle for comparison and that one was real torture. so i bought another champion b17 narrow for my other bike to be broken in over this winter and during this first 100 miles i have thought how much less unpleasant the breaking in seems this time; i thought it was my backside that was used to brooks, but comparing them side by side in terms of "give" over sit bones area, in terms of the wings moving outwards when pressed from above, and in terms of "wrinkliness" of the leather in the sit bone area they are pretty much the same!! this second saddle has had just one initial application of proofide. on the first saddle i was applying proofide monthly to try and get the wretched thing softer. on this basis i have to suppose that brooks vary hugely. maybe this is why there are strong for and against views?