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Thread: ZRA S2 Seat back height dilemma

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    ZRA S2 Seat back height dilemma

    I know I have posted a lot of questions lately. Please bear with me as I finalize the specs for my ZRAS2. It is the small details that is troubling me now.

    The seat back height for my current chair is 16". I sit on a 1.5" cushion. Plus the cushion, I guess I am leaning on a back height of 15".

    I spec'ed for integrated push handles rather than fold-down because I need to have assistance to go up on kerbs and fold-down doesn't appear to be able to withstand that on a regular basis.

    The adjustable back post for medium height is 13.5" - 16.5" while high is 17.5" - 20.5"

    Now that I am getting the Stimulite Classic Sling which is 2-3/4" thick, what would be a good height range for me? Looks like the 16.5" maximum height for medium is borderline low for me while the 17.5" minimum height for high is a tad too high. Please advice. Thanks!
    C5-C6 ASIA C - October 15, 1984
    Tilite ZRA Series 2
    The DIGITAL AWAKENING
    Living One Day At A Time
    www.petertan.com/blog/

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    Are the backs measured the same way? If you follow the directions on the tilite form when you measure the back on your current chair, do you still get 16? Most manufacturers have different methods of measuring chair dimensions, making it very difficult to translate from one to the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyk View Post
    Are the backs measured the same way? If you follow the directions on the tilite form when you measure the back on your current chair, do you still get 16? Most manufacturers have different methods of measuring chair dimensions, making it very difficult to translate from one to the other.
    I measured from the rear seat to the top of the back post. Is that the correct way?
    C5-C6 ASIA C - October 15, 1984
    Tilite ZRA Series 2
    The DIGITAL AWAKENING
    Living One Day At A Time
    www.petertan.com/blog/

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    Is your current chair's backrest height adjustable? If so, play with it a bit to find out what height you prefer.

    From a thread about back pain I was having with my new chair . . .
    Quote Originally Posted by SCI_OTR View Post
    My rule of thumb is that the top edge should be high enough to support your lower ribcage.
    When I followed his advice, my back pain went away. I had set my backrest height too low.
    Chas
    TiLite TR3
    Dual-Axle TR3 with RioMobility DragonFly
    I am a person with mild/moderate hexaparesis (impaired movement in 4 limbs, head, & torso) caused by RRMS w/TM C7&T7 incomplete.

    "I know you think you understand what you thought I said, but what I don't think you realize is that what you heard is not what I meant."
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    Page 5 of the ZRA S2 order form has the measurement
    instructions for the seat back height (F) and there's a diagram on page 3

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    Quote Originally Posted by chasmengr View Post
    Is your current chair's backrest height adjustable? If so, play with it a bit to find out what height you prefer.

    From a thread about back pain I was having with my new chair . . .

    When I followed his advice, my back pain went away. I had set my backrest height too low.
    I followed your thread about back pain. Good to see that it is solved.

    I have no problem with 15". I'd say that it is just nice although I suspect I can go down to 14".

    The dilemma I have here is whether to spec the ZRA S2 with the medium or tall back seat height and set it at what height for the Stimulite Classic Sling that I am getting.

    The Stimulite has a difference in height from the cushion I have been using and I don't want to set the seat back height too low or too high.
    C5-C6 ASIA C - October 15, 1984
    Tilite ZRA Series 2
    The DIGITAL AWAKENING
    Living One Day At A Time
    www.petertan.com/blog/

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyk View Post
    Page 5 of the ZRA S2 order form has the measurement
    instructions for the seat back height (F) and there's a diagram on page 3
    But that still doesn't address which back seat height I should select for the cushion I will be getting. Will medium be too low and high too high?
    C5-C6 ASIA C - October 15, 1984
    Tilite ZRA Series 2
    The DIGITAL AWAKENING
    Living One Day At A Time
    www.petertan.com/blog/

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    What I mean is that you have measured from the seat sling whereas tilite measures from the post. So what you measured as 16 may translate to 15 on a tilite. It's only an approximation on my part, but you should redo the measurement.

    Also take into account that the sling version of the cushion may place you a lot higher than you expect. I have a supracore contour sling, and regret buying it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyk View Post
    Also take into account that the sling version of the cushion may place you a lot higher than you expect. I have a supracore contour sling, and regret buying it.
    This issue is that I fear most. Sitting with the back rest too high up, or too low. Besides, the height I want is between the medium and high back seat height.
    C5-C6 ASIA C - October 15, 1984
    Tilite ZRA Series 2
    The DIGITAL AWAKENING
    Living One Day At A Time
    www.petertan.com/blog/

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    One of the nice things about using a solid backrest like the Roho JetStream, is that the chair can be spec'd with lower back canes/posts -- the backrest extends above them. The backrest can be repositioned vertically along the solid, non-telescoping posts, so you can dial in the ideal height, and with the lower back posts you can move your elbows backwards without banging into them. Mostly I prefer the support of a solid backrest but these are other pluses you might consider.

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