My saddles always seem to get a small rip or puncture within a year or so of use, maybe from keys or twigs or I don't know what. I park outside, when it rains water gets into the saddle, then squeezes out onto my pants when I ride, even well after rain has stopped. I don't want the theft risk of a flashy Brooks saddle--are there any other (reasonably comfortable) saddles that have an all-rubber or all-vinyl design, without any foam or gel?
or maybe one of those cheap hair things. it looks like a plastic bag with elastic around the edge. wouldn't be free, but they can't cost much. with the elastic you could just snap it over the seat when you need it and stick it in whatever extra pocket you have when you don't.
I'm not sure how much of a theft risk a Brooks is. If you have a quick-release seat post clamp, replace it with a pitlock or at the very least a hex-head bolt one. Also, if you're really concerned about the Brooks getting swiped, you could always toss a bit of waterfast dye on it, in various spots, and uglify it. A sharpie might work for this as well. Depends on what you're looking for in a saddle. If you just want a comfy, functional saddle that won't be stolen (and you don't care if it's ugly, since it's under your butt anyway), then maybe just make a Brooks as ugly as possible. I'm willing to put up with the theft risk on mine, as I enjoy how it looks enough to make it (personally) worthwhile to keep mine pretty.
So I dropped by LBS Via Bikes and I pose this question to Curtis and without skipping a beat he pulls out from a box at his feet the following ludicrous, non-existent-on-the-internet, puncture-proof, inflatable saddle apparently from Czech company GUMOTEX: