My first Brooks saddle. For not having any padding I find it just as comfortable as my old padded saddle. Haven't done any longish rides on it, but for my commuting distances it's great. Chose it over a leather version since it's water proof.
saddles are insanely personal. Tried many but have settled on the Brooks C17 over some that cost 3x as much
When you find one that works stay with it regardless of price, looks or weight. I currently have it on 3 bikes
I wanted a Brooks saddle for my hybrid bike to replace the stock saddle. The Cambiun rubber construction appealed to me more than the leather. As soon as I sat on it I knew I made the right choice, very comfortable saddle and looks good too.
Saddle is on a gravelcyclocross bike. I put in long rides and have a few hundred miles on the saddle. Used on gravel, single track and tarmac. It was comfortable from day one. Just a few minor angle adjustments on the first ride. Extremely comfortable on long rides. I do not notice any discomfort during or after the ride.
I bought this saddle for my wife who is a long distance cyclist. She normally rides Selle Anatomica but leather stretches and the saddle needed to be replaced. Took a chance with this model and she loves it. Comfortable on the first day and it continues to be comfortable no matter the distance.
I've tried at least 15 different saddles ranging from $40 wtb to $250 selle smp. Brooks has the best feel. The saddle is quite flexible and behaves as a shock absorber. There is some break in time but nearly as much as leather, mine is starting to form after just a few rides.