Velo Orange recently sent me their Model 3 saddle to try out. The Model 3 is VO’s answer to the ubiquitous Brooks B-17 Champion Special, but with laces and a textured top surface similar to the B-17 Standard “pre-aged”. The quality and finish appear to be comparable to Brooks; the top is Australian cowhide, the frame is chrome-plated cromo steel, and the skirt is nicely chamfered. One common complaint about Brooks saddles is their short rails; the Model 3′s rails are 10mm longer. Overall I’d say the Model 3 competes very favorably with the Brooks, and at $85 it’s a fantastic value. I’ll post a follow-up report once I’ve ridden the saddle for a few months.