This is a fantastic saddle, with some reservations. I'm 150lbs and have fairly narrow sit-bones. I like to ride in the drops, and this saddle lends itself to that, and generally to tilting the pelvis forward. I can't say that it's the most comfortable thing possible because I haven't tried the leather equivalents, but it has gotten me through 200 miles in one day. Be extremely thorough and persistent about how you adjust the saddle. Seat height, setback, and tilt have to be perfectly dialed in to avoid discomfort. Once you're sorted, you won't notice the saddle, but since it is a hard saddle with no cutout, you WILL notice pretty quickly if things are off. Get it right and you can ride 100 miles without chamois butter. Build quality of the saddle is top-notch, and it ought to last you longer than your bike.
I needed a new saddle after ruining my Brooks Swift on a 4 hour ride in the rain. I tried a Fizik Arione based on their suggested fit guide and it just didn't work for me. Don't get me wrong, the Arione nice, well made product but I felt it had too much padding. After two rides and 100 miles, I was experiencing way too much discomfort. After a brief look again at the Brooks options the C15 was my next choice. Just like they advertise it was comfort on the first ride! I am probably biased because I prefer little to no padding on my saddles and after many years on the Swift this was a perfect fit. Its not a light saddle (better than the Swift), but I'm not a weight-weenie and prefer comfort over the incremental weight increase. If you are looking for a maintenance free Brooks option, this is it! Either the C15 or C17 (wider profile) are great choices for an upgrade from leather or for those looking to get started with a Brooks saddle.
I purchased my Trek Domane in April of 2015. I rode a lot when I was younger but never rode in an organized ride. I decided to participate in the Seattle to Portland ride. This is a 200 mile ride over 2 days. The ride was fun but the final 80 miles were excruciating! That began my search for a more comfortable perch for my bike.
When I rode the Brooks C15 saddle for the first time I realized that it was the best one because I didn't think anything about it until 12 way through my 30 mile ride and that was just the realization that I hadn't thought about it)
I am 44 and 250lbs. Most of my weight is around my waist so there is a lot of pressure on the sensitive tissues below. Along with that, my right leg tends be in throbbing pain the first 10 minutes of the ride, it goes away, then comes back with a vengeance at about the hour mark. I don't have any issues with chafing, but just with pressure. This saddle has eliminated 90% of that pain. I still get an occasional leg pain, but that's mostly hopping on the bike with no sort of warm up. I have pretty 'narrow' sit bones so the C15 was more comfortable than the C17, although the C17 was pretty good too.
The best part is, unlike other Brooks saddles, there is no break in period. Yes, the saddle is a hippo compared to a small cat in terms of weight, but since I don't race the extra weight is worth the comfort.
My experience has taught me that a saddle is a very personal item. If you are in search of a saddle the ONLY way to find out if one will work for you is to try it. Not just sit on it, but buy it from a reputable place like Western Bikeworks and ride for an hour or two. The great thing about buying it from a good company is that you can return it and try another until you find the one that works best for you.
One last thing, I am very impressed with WesternBikeworks.com. They communicate very well, I've received the items I ordered from them the next day, even if I ordered at 3-4PM the previous day!
Below is a list of saddles I tried. These are not bad saddles, they just didn't work for me
Adamo Century (split saddle)
Brooks B17 (use this on my hybrid,works great. Not for my road bike however)
Brooks C17 (still comfortable but a little too wide for me)
This saddle is the ultimate in comfort and durability. Had the carved version for my gravel bike and rode it to a DK200 finish in comfort. Decided to try the standard version on my road bike and so glad I did. Perfect fit right from the start and will last forever. Going forward I will ride no other saddle.