Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Columbus, OH
Bikes: Yuba Mundo; Early 70's Free Spirit (Reynolds 531) fixie; 80's Shogun 500; Mid 90's Iron Horse tandem; trailer and tag-a-long; Schwinn Range for commuting, with lights and front and rear racks.
I do like Brooks a lot too, and have B-17s on the two of my bikes that I've had for more than a year. No complaints at all about Brooks. There's Selle Anatomica too, but I've never felt the need to try them out.
On my newly acquired tandem, though, I haven't been able to come up with the money to replace the saddle, and the current saddle (some sort of Specialized) is fine. Too much padding can be a problem, so I here, and I personally can't stand saddles with a high ridge down the middle or that are super narrow.
My point, though, is that bad adjustment or fit, or perhaps even posture, can be as much of a problem as a badly shaped saddle. Setting the seat-post high enough and the angle not too low, and getting enough reach to the bars (I'm fairly long) seem at least as important as the perfect saddle (which would definitely be a Brooks, at least for me).