Originally Posted by lhowemt
I use a low back and brace like crazy on it. I don't like high back, it removes the back from rowing. Even though I'm quite strong, I don't have the arm strength of guys who can get by w high back easier. And I like to surf, which often entails big leans back. Flat water a moving seat, yeah I can see the benefits. Whitewater, I don't.
I'm thinking the way to do this is with a butt channel
, then a firm lower stop and a flexible upper back.
Closed cell foam. In a glacier valley shape for me. But not too deep. Thinking 3 inches.
Smooth nylon seat.
Cordura traction back. 1,000 denier.
Lower back a firm rigid stop for bracing. Maybe start with a 12-15 inch slide range.
Flexible upper back allowing for naps or even leaning back to finishing a stroke.
No sliding seat.
Just a spot for ones seat to slide.
A place for everything..........
Avoid bay access issues.
Front of seat channel to be securely hitched.
Could be set up with cams to tighten or loosen in 10-15 seconds for changing captains. For those long rows in the SW.
The channel angled slightly down. For ergonomics and natural draining.
The support for the butt channel sides could be a firm foam or something even more rigid. Broad shoulders with no cliff on each side.
Not sure what would work best for the flexible upper back under its one layer of foam. Needs to be springy and have a great memory.