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Brooks Proofide Alternative

At risk of voiding the warranty, I’m experimenting with a Proofide alternative, Fiebing’s Aussie Leather Conditioner. 

Proofide contains, in the order they appear on the tin: Tallow, Cod oil, Vegetable oil, Paraffin wax, Beeswax, Citronella oil and sells for about $16.00 for 40 grams (1.41 ounces).

Fiebing’s Aussie contains Beeswax, but beyond that no other ingredients are listed.   I searched a “Meterial Safety Data Sheet” website for more information on its contents with no luck.  Aussie sells for about $15.00 for 400 grams (15 ounces).  The consistency is a bit softer than Brooks Proofide but otherwise, looks, feels, smells and applies the same.  If advertising hype is to be believed, Aussie is a saddle conditioner developed for Australian horsemen (the manliest of men I’m sure), but I think it will work just fine on smaller bicycle saddles as well.  Only time and a few hundred miles will tell.  I’ll post the results.

I bought mine from Tandy Leather

Categories: Gear, Stupid Bike Tricks
  1. The Velo Hobo
    October 24, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Okay, here’s the results: After a few hundred miles of touring in the mountains, some of which were in the rain, Fiebing’s Aussie seems to have worked as well as Proofide. I’ll continue using this much cheaper Proofide alternative.

  2. Scott Weiner
    February 9, 2013 at 10:10 am

    It’s been a few years since your last post. What is your impression of Fiebing’s Aussie Leather Conditioner now? Are there any drawbacks? I am a new Brooks owner (haven’t ridden the saddle, yet) and am interested in your opinion of your alternative to Proofide.

    • The Velo Hobo
      February 12, 2013 at 11:05 am

      Hi Scott. It works great. As with any conditioner, use it sparingly to avoid weakening the leather and getting it too soft. If you use too much of any conditioner the saddle will sag. I use this stuff on other leather products as well.

      Good stuff, Jack

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