Yes, that's the honey one.
Long ride comfort is the number one reason I went all Brooks. I have three honey B67s and two black 17s. Oh, and one black B73. I've heard that many women prefer the peak slightly down or level while men seem to raise them a bit. If you have no break-in issues, you will probably enjoy riding alot more than you do now. If, on the other hand, break-in breaks you
, you had better have made your purchase from Wallingford.
I think there are several characteristics that set Brooks apart from all other saddles:
1) They wick away moisture. We all know what happens when moisture becomes chafing and such.
2) Consequently, you stay cooler longer.
3) They are slick, not 'grippy', which contributes to being cooler and dryer. Proper adjustment assures that you will not slide out of position, but can re-arrange things at will.
4) They eventually conform to the individual, making the best custom saddle you can ever get.
5) They change with
the owner over the years. You will stop looking and spending $$$.
6) Extremely durable. Don't think they are prissy about weather - not so. Your butt will protect it from heavy rain and fenders will do the rest. There are water resistant treatments available. Proofide is not
one of them although it's close. There are better.
7) The models you are considering are not
as expensive as some ergo/synthetics which are popular with alot of riders.
Measure your ischials.
Stack a few squares of cardboard. Sit down on the stack with your knees slightly elevated. Watch TV for a little while. Then measure the indents center-to-center. That's your buttprint. Not to get too personal, LollyP, but there's another measurement I suggest: The 'thickness' of the area just where the hamstring joins the groin. Not to put too fine a point on it - do your upper thighs touch together or is there room for the wider B67 rather than the Contess. If you, like me, have muscular hamstrings, then you, being a woman and presumably smaller, might experience a charlie horse effect back-under-there when climbing. It's minor and goes away quickly once you go over the top. For me, the trade off of supreme comfort is worth this slight annoyance.
On the "S" for "Short" being female specific:
Well, I'm not a female, and neither is Sheldon Brown, but I sort of think along his lines. He thinks the short saddles are a holdover from when "ladies" wore dresses or skirts while a-riding. Not sure about any real anatomical reason for the different length of the peak. The Brits can be rather stodgy about design changes.