I know next to nothing about saddles (yet).
I'm considering what saddle to put on a (soon to be mine) Cross Check. I'll be using the bike for short commuting, centuries and all sorts of touring.
I reckon I'll do at least 1 loaded tour per year normally, with a few longer road trips unloaded (call them centuries I guess, but I'm going somewhere specific I might also put some knobblies on and take the Cross where it's meant to be.
I'd like a fairly decent saddle - like wheels, it's not an area I like to shave the budget on.
Guys at the LBS showed me a fizi:k (?) Arione (eur 120 - usd 150ish) - kinda pricey, but looks good, and I asked about the Brooks. One of the messengers swears by his B17 Champion Narrow (eur 99 - 120 usd), but only if it's taken care of (waxed) regularly. He pointed out the raised center, said it helped a lot compared to the stock B17.
Have you guys any recommendations? I'd like something that's comfortable for those long days travelling along the Loire, but also sporty enough that I can do a long road trip at speed on my skinnies.