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    Seat Cushions for incompete SCI's........

    Would like some input from some other incomplete/or with butt sensation SCIs on seat cushion preferences. I'm looking for a new comfy cushion for my Marvel. Its my first chair with a solid seat pan which i enjoy but do need a new cushion. tried a few old Stimulites i had laying around but they are really hard on a solid seat and made my arse sore after a couple of hours . I'm presently sitting on a old Jay cushion which i really like and its very comfortable, i can sit in it all day. BUT, it is very heavy, weighs over 7 lbs and is starting to see its last days. Any thoughts, preferences, warnings on seat cushions.

    #2
    If Stimulites are hard and the gel cushion are heavy, you only have one option left, an air cushion.

    Maybe the mid profile 3" Roho cushion 4.4 lbs will be a good option for your seat pan.

    I was in a Roho for 3 years and they are OK.

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      #3
      try a new stim xs classic bob.
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      John@bike-on.com
      c4/5 inc funtioning c6. 28 yrs post.
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        #4
        I have a Varilite Meridian which is a nice change for me after being on heavy Jay gels. I like the Meridian because you can adjust the amount of air in the front section separately from the back section. the Varilites are air and foam. You can see them here. http://www.varilite.com/products_category.aspx?catID=1 They're a lot lighter than the gels and I really am helped by being able to change the air chambers as needed. Very comfy on my "feeling" fanny! Hope this helps!

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          #5
          if you like the jay, check out the jay xtreme.

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            #6
            I too have (had) a Varilite Meridian that I got with my TiLite Aero Z. I used it for a while but it was VERY uncomfortable on my "feeling fanny." I was lucky enough to purchase (OK...It was practically stolen) a Stimulite Classic XS from a fellow CC Member and I absolutely LOVE it!! The day I got my cushion I went to an event that would last more than a couple hours so I took both cushions with me. I got sore after a while and decided to switch back to my Meridian, but was back off the Meridian and onto the Stimulite within a few minutes. Even though I was sore, it was 10x's worse with the Varilite. Now I only use the Meridian in emergencies. It is nice to have a back up cushion for those times where you forget to wash a cover, etc. If the Meridian was a bit thinner it would be used as a cushion in my car seat, but I am too tall and with the cushion under my fanny my head hits the roof. Oh well...
            Anyways, the best thing would be to see if you can get a seating evaluation by a seating therapist to determine what cushion will pressure map the best and of those, which feel best on the feeling fanny. Unfortunately it doesn't always work out that the cushion that maps the best feels the best, so you might have to make a decision to be a little uncomfortable but better avoid a pressure sore, or sacrifice a little fanny protection for comfort and just make sure to check your skin frequently and do pressure relief religiously.
            Good luck in your quest to find a new cushion. You are definitely in the right place to get good feedback from other users!
            ~Mandy~
            SCI as a result of spinal surgery
            TiLite Aero Z!!!

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              #7
              Jay Lite

              Much lighter than Xtreme; lighter than Stimulite; very brethable. It wouldn't squeeze over time. Worth trying it.

              Antonio

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                #8
                thanks all !!!!!! i have used Stimulite early in with my SCI (96) but they seemed to go flat after about a year but im assuming their technology has greatly improved since then as they were quite new at the time and the thickness that is avail today wasnt back then. im wondering if this is common will all foam cushions ???? dont know much about the Varilites and i did sit in a Jay Lite while having my Kuschall repaired. the jay lite was real nice but only got about 40mins seat time in it. im due to go back to get more work done on the K chair and will re-test it more thoroughly......Keep all these suggestions coming!!!

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                  #9
                  I'm a big Stimulite fan, but I am currently using a Varilite Zoid, which is a much thinner foam & air cushion. You might to see if you can get a hold of a demo cushion to try sitting on for a bit. It's comfy, but not one of those super deep cushions you sink into. I usually use setting 2, lets me sink a little deeper (since I don't have much bucket on my chair).

                  Personally, I feel like I almost need more positioning, because of strength imbalances I tend to end up kind of twisted and am always adjusting my position. The bright side to this is that it provides a chance for pressure relief when I might not think about it otherwise. You might not have this kind of issue at all, hence my recommendation to try it out. =-)

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by BobMach View Post
                    thanks all !!!!!! i have used Stimulite early in with my SCI (96) but they seemed to go flat after about a year but im assuming their technology has greatly improved since then as they were quite new at the time and the thickness that is avail today wasnt back then. im wondering if this is common will all foam cushions ????
                    Bob...you do know that Stimulites are not made of foam right? They are made of a honeycomb material.

                    In my opinion, Stimulites are much lighter than a foam cushion, and these can be thrown into the washing machine (very wonderful idea). I used to be on Roho, then a matrix cushion...then a Jay extreme...but when I finally got my Stimulite...I was hooked.
                    "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot nothing's going to get better. It's not." - Dr. Seuss

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by jgrant27 View Post
                      I'm a big Stimulite fan, but I am currently using a Varilite Zoid, which is a much thinner foam & air cushion. You might to see if you can get a hold of a demo cushion to try sitting on for a bit. It's comfy, but not one of those super deep cushions you sink into. I usually use setting 2, lets me sink a little deeper (since I don't have much bucket on my chair).

                      Personally, I feel like I almost need more positioning, because of strength imbalances I tend to end up kind of twisted and am always adjusting my position. The bright side to this is that it provides a chance for pressure relief when I might not think about it otherwise. You might not have this kind of issue at all, hence my recommendation to try it out. =-)
                      I recently did an A-B mapping comparison between my Stimulite Classic and Varilite Zoid and was very surprised to discover that I mapped much better on the Zoid, a less cushiony cushion than the Stimulite. Also surprising, to me, was that I mapped better with the Zoid mostly deflated. (My chair has a carbon fiber seat pan.)

                      Absent sensation I couldn't tell you which cushion is more comfortable, however, I've had friends sit on both and the winner is always the Stimulite. But the Zoid distributes pressure better for me, no hot spots, and eliminating hot spots, and potentially decubiti, is the ultimate goal.

                      Selecting the best cushion for your butt can be counter-intuitive, which is why science -- Does anyone remember science? (Led Zeppelin reference) -- should be part of the decision making equation.
                      stephen@bike-on.com

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                        #12
                        Bob

                        I am going to be utilizing my stimulite sport with the Marvel. I have been using it since I got hurt so hopefully it will work with the solid seat pan
                        What ever doesn't kill you makes you stronger

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                          #13
                          BobMach

                          Have you investigated an air cushion like those produced by Vicair? Do a Google search for "Vicair Adjuster Air" to see how they are made. In another post within the Care Cure forum, Mr. Wise spoke highly of this type of cushion (the "Vicair Adjuster Air" type of cushions).

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                            #14
                            I have a 'feeling fanny' and while not great for pressure in my case (then again, I don't register well for Roho's either), my Infinity (by Invacare) is pretty great comfort-wise. It's a foam cushion, well layered with varying-density foam. I also tried the Stimulite this week and my first impressions of it were pretty good. I plan on giving it a good look-over when they get it in for a trial shortly.
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