The Fedex man delivered it today.
I opened the box, to the sound of angels singing.
Cherubs flew out and I glimpsed the wonderfulness that is the almighty Brooks B17.
Then I touched it.
Hey! This thing's supposed to be leather!
Holy hardness, Batman! It feels like it's made out of wood!
People mention being suprised at how hard it is, but no one really does it justice.
So anyway I applied Proofide, mounted it on my bike (It isn't noticably heavier than my original saddle BTW). Then I sat on it. Unfortunately, that's as far as I've gotten... Either I need to go for a late night ride when my wife gets home, or I'll have to wait until tomorrow.
My initial reaction to sitting on it though was WOW what a different feel than that great big sponge that was my old saddle. I can FEEL my sit bones resting on it! The old one just kinda had pressure all over the place because it was soft and mushy. The Brooks lets you know exactly where your sit bones are. I can definitely see how the saddle (and/or your butt) will take some breaking in, but I can also see where it might be significantly more comfortable. Or at least, the discomfort will be in new spots .
Also the Brooks is quite a bit narrower through the middle section than my old saddle (slightly narrower at the back, but not by much). I'm thinking that is a good thing because it felt like the top/inside/back of my legs were hitting the old saddle too much.