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Old 2 Weeks Ago   #1
 
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Rower's seat vs sitting on padded dry box

Hey there,

I am getting a new frame set up and trying to decide whether to go with the seat or use a padded dry box for a seat. The outfitter frame is cheaper than Bighorn II but would be used without a seat. Thanks for any input regarding which you prefer and why.

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Old 2 Weeks Ago   #2
 
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I really like being able to lean up against a high-back seat (shown in photo to the left).
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Currently, no seat. I have used a seat previously but found sitting on a padded cooler better for me. I am small and tended to sit on the front edge of the seat and not in it.


Good posture helps with the back.
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I am anti seat.
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Old 2 Weeks Ago   #5
 
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I prefer no seat. It's comfortable for me, and makes it quick and easy to get into the dry box.
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For multiday I sit on the dry box and use the pile as a back rest if I'm kicking back, but for day trips or fishing I drop a seat bar in there.
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Old 1 Week Ago   #7
 
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For long trips such as the Grand I definitely prefer a seat. I have a seat I made that mounts on top of coolers or dryboxes with cam straps. It is SUPER nice when getting tossed around in big water as you are far less likely to slide off the side and in to the soup. Easy trips like The Smith in MT where I am in and out of the cooler everyday, I sit on the cooler.

But if you are sitting on day 16-20 cooler then why not strap up a seat!
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Just returned to a seat after a few years on the cooler. Have a smaller boat so I tend to get tossed around a lot in busy water.
seat gives me better leverage and saves my back from pain.
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Old 1 Week Ago   #9
 
Boise, ID
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I’ve tried both. Prefer sitting on a box. Why is everyone sitting on coolers? Passengers should sit on the cooler so the can hand you beers. Passengers need something to do too.
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Old 1 Week Ago   #10
 
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Thanks for your input. Really just comes down to personal preference and what I realized is that I could put a seat over a box if need be. (And I'd much rather get the less expensive frame anyway.) And it's rarely me doing the rowing anyway... I'm much better as a beer handler

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