The Cambium C15 Carved All Weather is an extension of Brooks' well-received saddle range that don't come with a leather upper. Vulcanised rubber is what you find here, with no breaking-in period needed. I found it a very comfortable saddle, but it is a little on the weighty side.
- Pros: Rubber upper is like having suspension, very comfortable shape
- Cons: Noticeably heavy
A few years back Brooks took a step away from its famous leather saddles with the launch of the Cambium. It was an instant hit, Jez tried one of the lightweight performance models, the C13 with carbon fibre rails, and was very impressed.
The range has evolved, with the All Weather models having the cotton top layer replaced with a nylon one which makes it completely waterproof, ideal if your bike has to spend a lot of time outside in the elements.
Its main construction is still made from vulcanised rubber, and the saddle is very comfortable. The upper works almost like an elastomer to take any vibration out of the ride, and it'll even take out the small bumps from a gravel track too.
The Carved part of the name is in relation to the cutout in the middle of the saddle, as you can also get a non-cutout version. Without trying both models side by side it's difficult to say whether one one would suit me more than the other, but I certainly didn't find this one an issue. If you are looking to splash this much money on a saddle, I'm guessing you already know which way you're inclined, cutout or no cutout.
The All Weather comes in a range of widths, the C19 is widest and aimed at riders who prefer a more upright position, while this C15 is for those with a more forward, performance bias. The C17 sits somewhere in between. (The size for the C15 is listed as Lx283mm, Wx140mm, Hx52mm).
I found the narrow nose of the C15 perfect for the type of riding it's intended for. I could get really low and pedal hard without my thighs rubbing against the sides or feeling like anything was getting crushed.
Its one downside is its weight: 426g is pretty massive for a performance saddle and it is noticeable, although it's a good compromise with the comfort.
The C15 is really in its element on a quick audax machine or long range tourer/bikepacking expedition where you want the racier position but with some forgiveness.
Brooks saddles have never been cheap but this Cambium is towards the lower end at £95. It's difficult to compare on value, as we really don't see a lot of saddles aimed at performance riding with this level of comfort.
BBB's Echelon saddle has a good go with its cutout design being suited to both on road and off-road excursions. It's a bit cheaper than the Brooks at £69.95 and lighter too, 276g.
The Cambium All Weather is handmade in Italy and comes with a two-year warranty which, if you register it after purchase, increases to 10 years. That's pretty good and shows that Brooks is confident in its reliability.
Adds a fair bit of weight to your bike for performance riding but it's so comfortable
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Brooks Cambium C15 Carved All Weather
Size tested: C15
Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Brooks says, "The Cambium All Weather C15 Carved is made for years of hard riding in a forward riding position, and features hole for pressure relief and additional flex, eliminating contact points which cause discomfort for some riders. With the same contemporary design of the Brooks Cambium range, the All Weather is a durable and comfortable saddle that is 'ready to ride', thanks to a vulcanised natural rubber top for flexible performance requiring no breaking in period. From freezing rain to blazing sunshine, the waterproof, weatherproof nylon cover is made to perform flawlessly in all conditions. Additionally the updated fibreglass reinforced back plate has loops for a saddle bag or other accessory."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
UV & abrasion resistant
Waterproof nylon top
Vulcanised natural rubber upper
'Carved' cut out for pressure relief
Various width options - C15, C17 & C19
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It delivers the comfort that Brooks saddles are famed for without the need for a breaking in period like that needed for the leather models.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Shock absorbing upper.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The weight of it.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? I'd be quite tempted as I found it ideal on the gravel bike.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
The Cambium C15 All Weather is a very good saddle for the type of rider who wants a performance shape but whose priority is comfort over weight. It's very well made for the money too.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.