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Old 04-24-2013   #21
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Purchased a AAA Inflatables mesh chair and really like it. One of the main reasons I bought it was so I didn't have to take my dry box to sit on if I was just running a day trip. I also like the back support when on the water for long periods.

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Old 04-24-2013   #22
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Low back seats offer greater stability in whitewater-especially class 4 and above water. It's important they are mounted low on the frame so when high siding is needed, you can quickly scoot over to the tube-either raft or cat. Also, having the seat low means if you get knocked out of your seat, you're not falling down any farther than needed.

Low back seats or no seat at all enables the rower to fully utilize his or her legs, core, and upper body to push and especially, pull back when rowing. High back seats prevent full range of upper body motion to maximize power.

I suppose the tall, high back seats work well for people just learning to read water as it gives them slightly better line of sight. I think they're silly.

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Old 04-24-2013   #23
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Originally Posted by Faucet Butt View Post
High back seats prevent full range of upper body motion to maximize power
Scoot your seat back. So you are reaching forward instead of leaning back so far.
"You're gonna be doin a lot of doobie rolling when youre LIVIN IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER"
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Old 04-24-2013   #24
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I sit in a low back mounted to the frame in my small boat (13')and elevated 7" above the frame on a dry box with a drop floor in my big boat (18'). I can row the little boat with my arms more or less, the larger boat requires use of my whole body to row especially in wind. I don't see myself mounting a seat on it ever. The higher elevation lets me see over passengers (Im short) and read further down river, I feel that is a necessity in a big boat. I have friends who run the mesh seat and like them.

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