I wanted to love the C17, the non-leather Brooks saddle, but after a few weeks of riding, I have to give it a failing grade. Sure, it looks great and the workmanship and quality of material are excellent. It doesn't require breaking in as the leather models do and the C17 is impervious to the weather.
The only problem with the C17 is that it's uncomfortable.
For one thing, it's hard. And it doesn't give the way the leather models do, plus, it will never conform to the rider's anatomy. In the end, it's just another "plastic" seat.
Dang, and I really wanted to love this saddle