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Old 03-10-2015   #1
Columbia Falls, Montana
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Mesh Flip Seat - Im buying one

Im looking into a raised flip seat for rowers chair - i like the mesh over the tractor style seat. All thread on these seats seem way dated and im assuming much has changed since say 2010.

I have rowed on the DRE Captain's Chair and liked it but also looking at the AAA Inflateables Deluxe Flip Seat.

I cant tell if the AAA seat has a lower back bar than the DRE? and its not possible for me to do a side by side comparison. I like the uper bar bend in the AAA seat and also like the AAA color better.

Not sure i want to take a chance with the AAA seat given I know I like the DRE seat and they are basically same price.

Any experiences or other options you can share would be rad in helping me decide.

thnks a million

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Old 03-10-2015   #2
Denver, Colorado
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More just lipservice than anything, but I have a DRE captain's chair. I love the hell out of it, and can't really see using any other chair. Same with the two friends' boats I row with.

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Old 03-10-2015   #3
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Love my DRE chair. Go see Zach and Phil, they'll set you up.

The chair is also great when you need an extra chair around camp.
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Old 03-10-2015   #4
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I had a DRE. It's a quality product. Now I sit on the cooler. Much simpler and nothing to get mangled when you flip...
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Old 03-10-2015   #5
Denver, Colorado
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AAA Seat

There is about 10" of rise on my AAA seat. It is hard to get an exact measurement.

The fabric is 8" wide on the back.

I have been very happy with the seats.

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Old 03-10-2015   #6
Fort Collins, Colorado
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Go try out any mesh seat tha you can find if you are not close to Denver. Bring a tape measure. Then call Mark and Judy at AAA and tell them if you want it higher or lower or wider or narrower. Mark cuts and bends all of the aluminum in his shop and he can make you one however you like it.

Order soon. He has described Memorial Day to me as Rafter's Christmas and they are approaching their busiest season.
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Old 03-10-2015   #7
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Another vote for the AAA mesh seat. And Mark and Judy are great to work with on gear.
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Old 03-10-2015   #8
Pinecliffe, Colorado
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AAA hands down the more comfortable seat. I rowed both DRE and AAA for 20 days this fall and AAA is more better for your back.
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Old 03-10-2015   #9
Columbia Falls, Montana
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Thanks for all the feedback to date!

I did talk to Mark at AAA before starting this thread and he is no doubt a good guy and sounds plenty capable of putting out a good product. I also went to a local gear shop and stared at the DRE seat again – sure wish I could see and touch the AAA.

Im leaning toward AAA at the moment because stock dimension seem a bit more compact than the DRE which appears wider and maybe a little taller back???? I am still up in the air on which way to go but will certainly update you helpful critters in the near term.

Thnks a zillion this time
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Old 03-10-2015   #10
West By God, Wyoming
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I always thought I would like one of these seats but when I tried one I instantly hated it because it restricts your ability to use your whole body, in particular your abs, which is key to getting full power out of your strokes.

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