Gel vs Air seat pads


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Gel vs Air seat pads

Postby wingthing88 » Sun Mar 08, 2015 3:16 pm



My wife wants to start riding with me more but she has a little discomfort due to back issues. I have both the stock seat and an older corbin seat with back rest for my 88 wing neither makes much difference for her. We were thinking of getting her a seat pad. I was wondering if there were any opinions as to which would be more comfortable a gel pad or air pad



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Re: Gel vs Air seat pads

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Sun Mar 08, 2015 3:43 pm

I would go for an air pad.

A gel pad is comfortable - but shapes itself to your contours - and when riding it has a tendency to disperse the gel to areas under the least direct pressure - in other words they get hard in the spots you don't want. Whereas an air seat can be adjusted for the amount of air - and it moves with your movements - and gives a degree of bounce - depending on how much air you put in - infinitely more adjustable than a gel pad - and seem to allow the air to flow around you a bit more, as the air is trapped in single cells and not one complete bladder.


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Re: Gel vs Air seat pads

Postby Dusty Boots » Sun Mar 08, 2015 4:26 pm

I have a fella in my riding group whose wife has similar issues and she uses an ObusForme Highback Backrest pad on his wings

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Re: Gel vs Air seat pads

Postby NKYWinger » Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:16 pm

http://www.motorcyclecushions.net/colle ... -gold-wing

I bought an Air Hawk - one of the best investments I've made. NO WAY could I ride long days without this.

Something to consider-
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Re: Gel vs Air seat pads

Postby Fatwing Chris » Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:07 pm

The wife lost a lot of weight(boney butt now) and our Corbin just wasn't cutting it for her.She found a gel pad for a kitchen chair(used to have them at Walmart)at our Canadian Tire Store here and it fits the back seat of the Corbin like it was made for it.It was a whole $12 and doesn't look much different than the $100 ones they sell for bikes.She loves it.Cheap enough to try if you can find one.
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Re: Gel vs Air seat pads

Postby onelostsock » Thu Mar 12, 2015 6:53 am

Haven't tried mine yet but I got a seat cushion for X-Mas in '14 for my '06 Wing. It is a thin-ish bag filled with buckwheat hulls that is re-arrangeable under your butt by sliding around a little. It is supposed to be able to change shape as your butt gets "used" to it in one position then move it around a little (while riding) and it gives you a new shape and a "fresh" seat. The cushion is called BumBagsFor Bikers. I think it is a site in the U.K. They are not real cheap but seem to be a quality made product. I look forward to trying it this year when spring actually gets here in the great white north. We still have 2-3 ft. of snow on the ground and am supposed to get about 6" over the week-end! We have had more than enough for 2 yrs!! Good luck on your search

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Re: Gel vs Air seat pads

Postby minimac » Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:13 am

I've tried a gel pad and it was fine....until I parked for a while in the sun on a very warm day. That thing got downright hot! I then tried a friends airhawk pad and it was very nice, but I'm very, ah, frugal. I ended up getting some scrap foam from an upholstery shop and a friend stitched up a cover out of a piece of marine vinyl from the fabric store. Very supportive, comfortable, and inexpensive.

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Re: Gel vs Air seat pads

Postby NKYWinger » Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:18 am

minimac wrote: but I'm very, ah, frugal.

I am to, but sometimes it pays to buy good quality items. This, for me, was one of them!
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Re: Gel vs Air seat pads

Postby redial » Thu Mar 12, 2015 6:20 pm

My Darwin based brother has a long drive of 3 000 Km (about 1 800 miles) to visit me. He complained to me that the cushioning of the driver's seat was getting uncomfortable. I suggested a "inflatable doughnut", like they give hospital patients that are bedridden for a while. Well he gratefully accepted the one that we purchased, and has been very happy with the outcome. It does not need a lot of air to be comfortable, all you need is the air to keep your butt off the seat. For those of us that are frugal, this is not a bad option ;)


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