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    Brooks B17 Imperial

    I'm about to buy my first Brooks saddle. I've been looking at the Brooks B17 Imperial -- which has an cutout section -- since the normal B17 doesn't have that. I'm wondering if most folks think the cutout is necessary, or does the regular B17 have enough flex (once broken in) that the cutout isn't really necessary?

    The Imperial is about $45 more than the regular B17, so it would be nice to save the money. However, if folks think the cutout makes a big difference I'd rather buy right the first time than buy cheap and be disappointed.
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    I think it is a personal choice. I have tried the saddles with cut outs and ended up returning every one I have tried. I just felt that a regular saddle is more to my liking.

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    Personally, I've had no use for cut out saddles.... I like the standard B17....
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    I have not ridden a B17 Imperial, but I have put a lot of miles on a regular B17 and a Selle An-Atomica. The latter features a cut-out, and it's my favorite saddle to date.
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    I ride both models and find that the Imperial is a bit more comfortable during long rides. After a few hours, the Imperial feels more like a hammock than the standard. Also, in my experience, the Imperial was comfortable right out of the box whereas the standard takes some breaking in.

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    The B17 has been calling my name, and am am always a fan of ventilation in that area!! hmmmm

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    I was given a free imperial by brooks when it was introduced for being a beta tester. It was very comfortable but just didn't last as well as a normal B-17. It stretched a LOT and had a lot too much sag. I'd go for the original over the imperial.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ohiorick View Post
    I think it is a personal choice. I have tried the saddles with cut outs and ended up returning every one I have tried. I just felt that a regular saddle is more to my liking.
    I'm curious -- what makes you take them back -- too much sag or somehow uncomfortable?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeginnerCycling View Post
    I'm curious -- what makes you take them back -- too much sag or somehow uncomfortable?
    I find them uncomfortable. It seems to create more pressure points along the cut out for me. It may be just me, and I am in no way saying that they may not be just the thing for someone else, but for me, I do better without the cut outs.
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    B-17

    I don't think you need the cut out. There is something about the way leather is attached to and stretches over the saddle's frame that makes the middle part of the saddle pretty soft, and the part where the sit bones rest much firmer.

    There is a bit of a break-in, and it can be a little finicky to set up, but once that's done you really have an all day (literally 24 hour) comfortable saddle.

    Good luck with it.

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    Thanks for all of the feedback!
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