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    Changing seat base

    Does anyone have any input on changing from a adjustable strap seat base to a solid seat? I have always used the strap seat base, and usually run a bit of sag in it. I am interested in an icon, but wonder about how the switch to a solid base would affect my seating. Specifically if I would have issues with pressure on different areas than what I have now. I would imagine the best thing to do would be to get mapped, just wondered about others experiences...

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    I have sensation, so I don't know about pressure issues, but I love my solid seat pan. It is maintenance free, and always feels the same. I can't imagine going back to a sling.
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    sportaid was a kit for that for around 300 dlls

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    I don't know anything about pressure mapping, never had those issues but having a solid seatpan on my Tilite TR, I would never go back to a sling seat. The stability and support with the solid seatpan is great. A whole new experience. I should have my Icon in a few weeks. If it didn't have a solid seatpan I'd either get one or probably not get the chair. That's how big a difference it's made for me. I hope some one else can give you some information on pressure concerns. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tw View Post
    Does anyone have any input on changing from a adjustable strap seat base to a solid seat? I have always used the strap seat base, and usually run a bit of sag in it. I am interested in an icon, but wonder about how the switch to a solid base would affect my seating. Specifically if I would have issues with pressure on different areas than what I have now. I would imagine the best thing to do would be to get mapped, just wondered about others experiences...
    I had the same concern before I bought the Icon. The solid seat is way better for my posture. I use a low profile roho so was worried that I'd bottom out and if I did here would be a lot more pressure on a solid than a sling. The roho seems to work better on the solid base and haven't had any problems with bottoming out.

    I agree with grommet's comments "I would never go back to a sling seat. The stability and support with the solid seatpan is great"

    What kind of cushion are you using?

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    sling vs seat pan

    I will try to avoid sling as well. The seat pan keeps me from slouching

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    Thanks for the replies. I am using a jay extreme cushion. I was mapped once a few years ago, and of the cushions available to try, none of them looked any better than the extreme did. I do remember not being too confident in the skills of the person doing the mapping though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juggular View Post
    I agree with grommet's comments "I would never go back to a sling seat. The stability and support with the solid seatpan is great"

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    I agree too.
    But remember if you are going to order a chair with a solid seat pan the rear and front frame height will have to be around .5" lower, because the seat pan will make you be seating in a high position.

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