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    Varilite Evolution PSV

    I loaned one off a supplier to test. Was told all i need to do is open the valve to let it fully self inflate, Close the valve, Sit on it, open the valve to the feel setting you you need and let the air out till it stops, then close the valve. I did this and It felt like if I let it it would go completely flat. It went softer than i was comfortable so i quickly closed it. Besides I cant see the setting when I'm in the chair anyway. The supplier told me i needed to pull the valve till i heard a click. I pulled the valve almost to breaking point and realized i wasnt going to achieve anything. So i just reinflated it. Sat on it. Opened the valve to let the right amount of air out and closed it again. Is there a method to this?
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    I just let a little out at a time (like a little every hour or so) until it feels right. If I feel I've let too much out I ask someone to open/close while I do a pushup.
    The valve will come out from time to time so be sure to get the glue for this from the supplier. The valve is also in a terrible place for transfers. Still, it's a good cushion IMHO.
    T3 complete since Sept 2015.

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    Thanks for that Mize. What you are saying was what I was thinking. The way the PSV valve works and the way I was told are 2 different stories. No matter tho. I sat in it for the day and realised it probably isn't for me. I move around alot and when I do the air in the cushion moves, making it difficult for me to move. I sat at the front edge of the cushion and had to fight to stay on it. The air moved to the back and started pushing me off the rest of the cushion. If you don't move around as much as I do, I can see why a person would find this very comfortable though. Today I am spending the day on an Invacare Matrix. the foam cushion with the gel butt well. First impressions, Its heavy.
    Everybody wants freedom.... They just don't want it for everybody else...

    A college professor, a man I now consider my dad, once told me...
    "The minute you let someone decide what you can and cannot do, your life is no longer yours." A truer word has never been spoken in my opinion.


    Professor Bill Johnston
    (1930- )

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    I've used this cushion for over 10 years and never deflated. No skin issues.

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    My husband swaps between the Varilite Evolution PSV and a Vicair Vector O2. He likes the Varilite when he uses a power add-on to give some extra air.
    Partner of an incredible stroke survivor. Limitations: hemiparesis and neglect (functional paralysis and complete lack of awareness on one side). Equipment: TiLite ZRA 2 and 2GX, Spinergy ZX-1, RioMobility Firefly. Knowledge: relative newbie for high-level equipment (2012), but willing to try to help others who are new with similar limitations (definitely not a guru, but inquisitive).

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