I still see DragonSaddles that have been used for a paddler's every practice and race since 2010. The will naturally fade from the sun but will remain just as functional as day one. If you keep it clean, the bottom will last longer before it tends to move on the bench. I did see one that had the top fabric delaminating from the neoprene. It still performed and felt the same after seven years. Just so you know, The Super Saddles are not rugged. They will certainly wear out after a couple of seasons. The Teflon doesn't like to be abused off the boat. They live up to their name during intense racing even if they do have a limited lifespan.
The DragonSaddle is easy to carry, but keep it loose, not tight over the blade. That's Doug in the photo still racing premier when he was 70 with a broken foot. How old is he now? I knew you would ask.
Protect all your water sports gear from UV sun fading.
Keep it clean, protected and bright. Fold the sides in during storage.
Occasionally you will need to remove the inserts to clean and air dry to prevent mildew. You can use cleaners such as mild soap and water, Resolve, Oxy carpet and upholstery spray cleaner or UV Tech that is specially formulated for watersports gear. Also wash the bottom and rinse well. Clean the boat benches too. This will help maintain slip resistance.
The neoprene is non-absorbing. Years of direct sunlight exposure will cause some fabric color fading.
So please store it out of the sun as much as possible. Avoid dirty boat seats, sand, accumulation of ocean salt, abrasive conditions, damage. No washing machines or dryers please, or any unusual folding that will cause unwanted creases.
Store with side flaps neatly folded under if you have not upgraded with the DS2 Slip Proof Kit (view in "Other Products") and keep the entire cushion in a flat position during storage.
It should last years unless you get tired of the color and want to eventually order a new Dragon Saddle in a different color or print.
Treat the Teflon carefully on the Super Saddle. It can become damaged. Protect it during transportation and how it is handled. It is expensive .
PROTECT THE TEFLON ON THE SUPER SADDLE MODEL GG DURING STORAGE AND TRANSPORTATION. It can become permanently creased or marred if abused . This thickness of pure Teflon is expensive. Take care of it. All four optional bench fastening systems require removal from the bench by the fasteners, not by the neoprene.
Gravity is not your friend in a dragon boat race. Glide out there on the Teflon like a bullet and catch a longer distance of power leverage, compliments of your pelvis.
LET IT RIDE !
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