Hands down, my Brooks was worth every penny, the fact the it was a present notwithstanding. I ride my bicycle almost every day on an up and down, rough and smooth terrain commute, and the Team Pro has only gotten more comfortable. I appreciate it for its versatility, being narrow and long enough to use aggressively, but wide enough to be sat on for the entirety of my 12.5 mile commute (bear in mind that the shape of your sit bones may vary your mileage). Since it also comes with a rain cover, a pair of fenders is all it takes to ride in comfort in any weather.
The saddle is definitely a trip if you've never sat on a leather one before; the surface is very slick, and depending on what you're wearing, you may have trouble settling into one spot. That same slickness, however, also works to your advantage, keeping your thighs from chafing on the saddle skirt. The leather also breathes, which is a double edged sword, depending on the time of the year. In the cold conditions, it is worth next to nothing for insulation. The plus side is that in warmer weather, it feels almost non-existent (in the best way possible).
Conditioning the leather does not approach the level of a chore (and you really should buy the Proofide that Brooks puts out...the pleasant smell is just a bonus). Every couple of weeks to start, and then months can pass before touching the proofide again. Since I commute daily, I can't speak for the saddle taking forever to break in. It was instantly more comfortable, and has only gotten more so.
A Brooks saddle is an expensive investment, but with care, will last far longer than a plastic and foam saddle, wind up being more comfortable, and have a unique aesthetic while doing it. Well worth the price and break in period.
PROS: Sleek, Adaptable, Includes rain cover, Durable
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