FWIW, I have a Brooks B17 (one of the unsprung ones) on my commuter. I'd
heard great things about them, but after about a year and around 1500
miles (yeah, I know, easy commute, right?) it's still not achieved the
comfort level I expected. Don't get me wrong, it's not *bad*, but I
don't think I'd want to go touring on it. I've treated it right, not got
it wet, Proofided (is that a verb?) it regularly, but it's still a
rock-hard beast, and largely the same shape it was when I got it! (And
I'm not a tiny individual). I intend to keep 'working on it', but these
things aren't a quick fix for comfort. As with all things, of course, YMMV.
Slightly tangentially, I might be reading more into your post than is
there, but in my experience, when a young 'un says something like
"something with some cushioning, but not foam", they've likely got their
eye on some highly expensive and flashy new bit of gel-based kit, rather
than a leather rock ;o)
> We do a lot of family biking (not car free, but we use abou a gas tank a
> month.), and my oldest daughter (12) is asking for a different saddle.
> She has become conscious of the "squished parts" feeling from foam
> seats, and has asked for something with some cushioning, but not foam.
> Since we do a lot of biking, I am not opposed to getting her a Brooks
> and having her switch it from the Tandem she rides with her sister to
> her own Townie, but I wanted to see if anyone had any suggestions that
> were better.
> Also: Will a Brooks saddle "adjust" to her over time as she grows (she
> isn't done growing) or is it a bad idea to expect it to last her for
> more than a season or two?