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Thought long and hard before giving a five star value for money rating then decided if I can row for longer and be free from discomfort then it's worth every penny. Still the dearest 'sporty' thing I've ever bought apart from the rowing machine - but worth it if i don't have to skip a day because I've got a sore bum.
What do I like about it? Well it is a vivid lime green that I happen to like, it fits the seat beautifully, it doesn't slip and it makes a difference. There's not much more to say about the seat really especially as when I'm rowing I don't really notice that it's there. I used it for a couple of 5k rows then had a few weeks break 'coz the other half wants to redecorate. Just started again today with a gentle 20 minutes row. No discomfort at all. I plan to try a longer row in a week or so and if I remember I'll update this review.
The only niggle I have is that it did not come with instructions. You don't need any instructions to fit it - that's pretty obvious, but it's going to need cleaning at some point. Can I put it in the washing machine? Are there any household cleaning fluids I should use/avoid?
Having purchased the Vapor Fitness phone holder for the PM5 on the Concept2, and seen a recommendation for the seat cover on Dark Horse Rowing I bought the seat cover. For those with a more adventurous spirit, there’s also and Acid Green and Fluorescent Pink version with matching phone holders. The seat cover fits perfectly. It doesn’t get “attached” with double sided tape or fit under the edges of the C2 seat, it just fits over the top covering the exposed surfaces in their entirety. As per the title, this is NOT to be considered a padded seat cover as there is very little, if any, extra cushioning gained by using this seat cover. For padding, the Hornet Watersports Anti Slip Rowing Machine Cushion would be the way to go. I like this cover as it protects the original seat beautifully and once you’re sitting on the cover due to the texture of the finish, you will not be sliding around at all, at all. A very grippy surface. Well worth the money for a perfectly made and fitting cover. The phone holder is DEFINITELY worth a look as well
When I read about this, I was hugely sceptical, but it does indeed give a much more comfortable position than a classical rowing seat pad, or just the standard Concept2 seat. I row at least 10,000m per session, often the 21,340m half-marathons and it’s absolutely fine. Possibly a bit too expensive for a bit of moulded rubber. Highly recommended nonetheless.
I've rowed about 100,000 metres now with this seat cover and can say it does add a small amount of padding. The seat is approx 0.7-10mm thick of silicone. For me it adds a bit of extra grip on shorts that might have slid a bit without it.
I've been rowing for 40 years and have been a concept 2 owner properly for the last 5 years. in lockdown i am hitting 100KM a month and the standard seat can be uncomfortable. this just takes the edge off the seat as in the catch, you don't slip. shane Farmer from Dark Horse Rowing uses one, so he's a good reference for this. it's not a soft cushion at all, its just a non slip silicone cover.