When you mention Brooks to most cyclists, the first thing that comes to mind is leather saddles. And anyone who hasn’t ridden one will tell you they are uncomfortable and take a lot of breaking in, which is debatable. I’ve used a Brooks saddle in the past – a Swift Titanium – and while it did need to be broken in, once it was, and quicker than I expected, it was supremely comfortable. I would still be using it if the bike it was on hadn’t been stolen.
The high cost of a replacement Swift has led me try many options over the past 15 years and the closest I’ve found in terms of comfort is a Fizik Nisene.
Now, however, I’m back on a Brooks but not a Swift. In fact, the Cambium C15 (the first ‘racing’ saddle in the Cambium range – though there’s no getting away from the fact it’s a lot heavier than most other racing saddles) I’m riding around on isn’t even leather.