Ok, this may not be the most exciting review ever, but I think this piece of gear will actually come in handy for me quite often. A vast majority of the time I would ride with out the cover, but here are a few instances in which I would use it:
- When it's raining (duh).
- If I had to lock up my bike outside, I can kind of hide the Brooks saddle with the cover and not make the Brompton stand out as much so it won't get messed with. I know I've caught myself noticing Brooks saddles whenever I'm walking by a bunch of bikes.
- When I'm jamming the Brompton into tight spaces (full trunks/boots, the B&W hard case, etc.). I know I've done some damage to my Brooks already (see photo below) which could have been prevented with the cover on.
|Aardvark Seat Cover in package|
|Seat cover on its own|
|Made in the Richmond, Utah, USA|
|Damage on the right rear of the Brooks B17 saddle.|
|Side view of seat cover installed.|
|Rear view of seat cover installed.|
The cover material seems like a light weight neoprene fabric (wet suit stuff), which makes sense as a waterproof material. The fit is perfect for the Brooks B17.
The cover weighed 0.8 oz (22.7 grams) on my kitchen scale (not that weight should be much of a consideration for this item). It's not really bulky, but the shape of the cover also prevents it from rolling it up super tight.
You will probably notice a difference when riding with the seat cover. The first thing you notice with the cover is that there's a lot more grip on the seat. With the Brooks I'm used to sliding around a bit to get comfortable or to raise out of the seat for tight turning or dismounting. Kinda feels like riding with a wedgie, if that makes any sense.
I also noticed that it's quite a bit warmer in the seat area with the cover than without, which may be a nice feature at cold temperatures.
So far I think this was a decent buy (for $11), but not really something I would use all the time though. I will primarily be using it to protect my Brooks when I jam it in my car or have to lock up the B outside. Maybe I'll ride with it if it's super cold. Or if there is an unexpected rainstorm. Basically as a nice little insurance item to protect my already beat-up Brooks.