Anyone who has spent time at one of our Dealers of Excellence, or browsed the Brooks homepage, may have had their attention drawn to the fact that we categorize our saddles under different Lines. The Select range is one of them.
Some time ago, we became curious to find out what differences might be between one of our standard Brooks hides, and one cut from a hide supplied to us by a certified-organic farm.
Cattle raised on organic farms tend to live markedly longer lives, developing over time a thicker hide than that of an intensively farmed animal. It is not uncommon for seven years to pass in the life of the former, whereas in the case of the latter, 2.5 years would be considered old age indeed.
The seven pieces in Brooks’ Select Line may all take a touch longer to “break in” than some of our others, but the rewards accruing to long-distance cyclists hardly need to be elaborated upon.
And for the casual cyclist with an interest in sustainability, our Select B17, for example, as well as being a saddle to grow old (or older) with, is also clearly something that can be bought with a relatively clear conscience, and open eyes.
We named the line Select because of how the hides are chosen. Each hide is can be traced to its farm of origin, ensuring that only the best hides will bear the Select name.
Most importantly, it allows us to offer a line of saddles which in terms of accountability, durability, feel and look have no equal on the market today.