Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a quick surf session or seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons. One day we may highlight an ultra-light stove and the next a set of handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace, so get outside and live it.
Levi’s has been a household name for more than 160 years — but Brooks England? — not so much. Nonetheless, the latter company has been manufacturing a melange of leather goods for nearly as long, having first set up shop in Hockley, Birmingham, in the late 1880s. The British saddle-maker now touts a welcome range of cycling apparel and goods, ranging from posh cycling jackets to custom saddle bags intended to carry on company’s traditional builds. Brooks’ newest endeavor? A partnership with Levi’s.
The Cambium C17 Denim Saddle ($195) brings together the best of both worlds, though, in limited supply. Each one-of-a-kind saddle takes into account a diverse range of recycled denim — all of which is culled from Levi’s Commuter Workspaces locations in Los Angeles, London, and Brooklyn last summer — thus giving it a distinct and unique feel rarely offered elsewhere. The denim saddles build upon the design of the original Cambium 17, capitalizing upon its vulcanized-rubber construction and ergonomic shape for the utmost flexibility and durability while riding. The maintenance-free saddles are also built to last much like the Cambium 17, reveling in waterproof construction designed to follow your movements.
The sleek, limited edition saddle may be slightly more expensive than the traditional Cambium 17, but then again, when does anything dubbed “vintage” ever come cheap?
Check out Brooks England online to make a purchase or for a closer look at the company’s various saddles, maintenance parts, bags, apparel, and other goods.