The original was far more expensive and while it was instantly ready to ride, no break in required, the cloth didnt hold up with time. Within a couple months the edge on the side was torn. I expect that but not that quickly. This new one seems tighter in fabric dept...if that can make sense, but still maintain the brooks iconic look and hopefully durability. I usually bike to and from bike station within 20 min of my house and it looks way better than my original C17 within timeframe using it.
I love this saddle as much as my other Brooks cambium saddle, but now have the one feature the standard canvas cambium was missing waterproof! Great add to the Brooks family, and happy to have found it at Bike Tires Direct for under the MSRP and my favorite $5 off for pick-up.