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Old 08-08-2013   #11
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I just got a new frame and we went with high back tractor with the drain hole. It's great. It's mounted on our dry box.

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Old 08-08-2013   #12
Carbondale, Colorado
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Actual metal tractor seat on a flipper

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Old 08-09-2013   #13
Avon, Colorado
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For me, the Mesh seats have never been comfortable. During the day the mesh stretches (temperature/pressure) and after an hour or so you are leaning against/sitting on the metal rails that run the perimeter. And they are way too high for standard oar stands.

go tractor (and the only benefit of the mesh seat- flip available for tractor seats as stated above)
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Old 08-09-2013   #14
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If you find a good surplus store, like I did, tractor seats are $30 or less. I got a yellow john deere seat. It weights a lot especially since I had to make a bracket to fit my rails out of an additional steel plate. But if cost is an issue, its a no brainer. Plus its made in America!!!
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Old 08-09-2013   #15
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I've had both and like both.
The mesh is my first choice- when they are new. Over time the fabric stretches and they become less supportive- slouchy. I bought a new cover for it when it was several years old, and of course the new one stretched over time as well. they come with adjustable lacing to tighten the fabric and it works about halfway well.
I had a high back tractor seat years ago and I also used a big PFD- America's Cup. The high seat back interfered with my humongo PFD so I couldn't lean back very far when really pulling on the oars. Without a big PFD, the high back tractor is really nice. Now I just use low back tractor seats, mainly because the are a good compromise and a few years ago I found a killer deal on Northern Tool on some close-out John Deere tractor seats in bright yellow (of course). I bought 4 of them at $12 each, I should have bought a dozen. With 3 yellow seats on my red boat, there is no mistaking me on the river.

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