Brooks Cambium C17

Margaret Rhodes, Co.Design:

Overthun and his team proposed a medley of things–cork, gel, fabrics layered with felt–to the Brooks team, which then took over. Brooks landed on a vulcanized rubber base, with organic cotton lining (that’s wicked for waterproofing–something the old seats didn’t have), “because both these materials feel very real and not plastic,” Overthun says. The result is a bike seat that has all the aesthetic pedigree of the original leather models, minus the aching derriere. “The lighter version is a littler easier to love right away,” Overthun says.

A classic redesigned with modern materials to make your butt more comfortable. Priced at US$195 by Brooks England.