I have tried many saddles since my first tour, ten years ago, which introduced me to horror of going numb.
I now have a pretty decent foam saddle which is about 5 inches wide and has a center cutout. I tend to slide my butt way back so that my sit bones are on the back of the saddle and there is no scary pressure in the middle. I also sit mostly upright as I go through Brooklyn and Manhatten to work, school, groceries etc. about 20 miles a day.
Other riders seem to be so psyched about the comfort and overall superiority of Brooks saddles, but I never hear anyone talk the numbness issue. When I look at a Brooks saddle, it seems that the back of the saddle, where I like to position my sit bones, is supported by hard metal. It seems to me the sweet spot on a Brooks is somewhere in the middle.
Am I sitting on my bike all wrong? Can someone explain how a rider should use a Brooks to protect the prostate?