Scroll down to see the IDBF Regulations regarding seat cushions.
Permitting the use of the Super Saddle could require copying these latest IDBF Regulations to show race management.
The Dragon Saddle has much more than minimal padding. This is the ultimate cushion for comfort with an adjustable thickness. The Dragon Saddle meets IDBF racing specs by sliding out one of the two neoprene inserts. Some paddlers remove both inserts for the sprint races. Using both inserts will adjust the cushion upward for the demands of the most challenging, long practices and 2K races.
Dragon Saddle-W. New! This beauty wraps around a removable insert. Has a bottom grip, 20mm soft, all neoprene total with insert. Includes a pair of very secure Quick release fasteners. Choose your color combination.
DS Hip Pad $12. Pain on the outside of your hip against the gunnel wall is usually from pressure on the TFL trigger point. See illustration. It then radiates down the ITB. This hip pad is 100% Chloroprene 6" x 6" x 3/4" thick with a textured grip surface on both sides and a name plate. Place it between your hip and the gunnel or inside your shorts against your hip.
IDBF COMPETITION REGULATIONS FOR SEAT CUSHIONS
Practice with the SS-GG before racing. Get the feel of the freedom. The Teflon will soon reflect your slick butt print. You might not want to loan it out.
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The Super Saddle is not a performance enhancement. It does NOT do the work for you. The Super Saddle allows you to do more work yourself. Available in 10mm or 15mm neoprene thickness.
DS Foot Pad and DS Hip Pad are at the bottom of this page.
See all prices at the ORDERING page.
The head racing official has the final word on race day regarding equipment, regardless of compliance with IDBF Regulations. Always have extra accessories that will satisfy the officials that might have concerns about any equipment you are using.
LET IT RIDE !
The economical Cushion Model G, for recreational novices, has a grip surface all the way around. No bench fasteners.
Ride the dragon in total comfort during long practices on a Dragon Saddle model S including two inserts for cushioning adjustment. On a very tight budget? Try Dragon Saddle model G . After several seasons, depending on the cleanliness of your boat benches, your body weight and how you move, the bottom gip will eventually wear and possibly slip. Order your Dragon Saddle with one of the four optional bench fastening systems for absolutely secure seating.
If you are obsessed with speed, going beyond your apparent potential, to really move farther, longer, faster, and use more powerful leg drive, consider upgrading to the 2019 SUPER SADDLE - GG.
You have a choice of two bench fastening systems. There are two different surfaces on top for an anchoring grip on one side and a super Teflon glide on the gunnel side of the top. The closed-cell neoprene in the Super Saddle is 15mm IDBF legal with no inserts. Glide like a bullet and catch a longer distance of power leverage, compliments of your pelvis.
MORE ABOUT THE DRAGON SADDLE
Since 2010 the Dragon Saddle has been the top selling dragon boat paddling sport product because of the adjustable soft cushioning for short sprints or long practices, used by many dragon boat racing teams worldwide.
My name is Doug Bedgood and I own Dragon Saddle LLC. The company is located in Florida, USA with production in Orlando and Eustis. Shipping is from Grand Island, Florida.
There are many color and print choices for the Dragon Saddles and Super Saddles-GG. Questions or to place an order? Contact Doug at firstname.lastname@example.org about shipping quotes or any discounts for your team and send your address.
Choose the bench fasteners that you want.
POLYMER CLIPS 1.25" wide (2), expensive, simple to use, on the bench or off in a second. Nothing to do under the bench.
QUICK RELEASE BUCKLES WITH WEBBING 1" wide (2), Snap the buckle and pull the webbing. It will outlast you. 8 webbing colors. Inexpensive. Takes a moment to connect but easier than you think, off in an instant. Convenient in luggage or storage too.
SS-L Super Saddle-Light is the 12mm version. Don't be a baby. You can handle it. For ultra-strict racing rule compliance, SS-Light is advisable. At 3mm under the maximum thickness, you are a little closer to the water, includes two double sided and embedded velcro fasteners, grip and Teflon, all black, the Velcro is the carrying loop, nothing fancy. Functions exactly like the SS-GG. 6"x13", 15cmx33cm, 280g, only 9oz and only $45 complete. Ten at $39.60 each USD..
SS-GG is the 15mm version plus 2mm grip patch and the polymer clips on the ends or other fasteners. 6"x15", 15cmx38cm, 454g, 16oz,
$50 plus $16 for the polymer clips or additional for other fasteners. Use the SS-L model at IDBF or Club Crew Championships.
You can do more on a Super Saddle. Here is how it works:
First, be in top physical paddling condition to get the most out of this. To the front your full rotation quickly moves on the Teflon. No movements are inhibited. The legs prepare for deep action from the catch, airborne off the seat for a moment, and power-drive your leverage through a longer, geometrically, mechanically efficient and effective stroke against the paddle blade.
Know that you are free to move farther in any direction with increased dynamic speed. Control your body with precision. With the Teflon on the gunnel side, time the entrance, catch and exit precisely with the pacers and other paddlers, a no-brainer for competitive paddling athletes.
You will experience a surprise, a longer stroke length under full aggressive power while adapting your body to a more vertical paddle angle and increased leg thrust. The grip side is absolutely required for stability during an incredible fast return and maintenance of posture. Your quads really get involved. Discover these things. Feel the perfect rhythm within yourself and with the team. The boat responds instantly.
Some of the Windy City paddlers from Chicago at the 2019 Team USA camp in Florida, using Super Saddles since May 2018.
The Dragon Saddle-S has two removable inserts included between the base and the top. All parts are 100% pure closed-cell neoprene.
The view from under the bench
The X-Ray of the hips and pelvis on the right shows the relationship between the points of compression and the Super Saddle. The points of compression are the two Ischial Tuberosities that are at the lower border of the Ischium. The distance between those points on the average adult female is 5"m (11.8 cm) and adult male is 3 1/2" (8.5 cm).
The distance between the Bench Claw platforms on the bottom of the Super Saddle is 12.25" (31.1 cm). The Bench Claw base platforms are 7/16" in thickness and well outside the points of compression from body weight. The overall length of the Super Saddle is 13.25" (33.7 cm) and the neoprene thickness is 15mm.
POINTS OF COMPRESSION ON THE SEAT CUSHION
ARE UNDER THE ISCHIAL TUBEROSITIES
OC6 Outrigger Saddle, 12"x16"x22mm neoprene, full grip texture both sides, carrying loop, rounded front. $47
The Dragon Saddle
the super saddle and more
Dragon Saddle-C hybrids are just Dragon Saddles with your choice of one of four bench fastening systems to absolutely keep it in place so you are not distracted. They provide comfort and durability expected in a DS-S with the addition of the convenient Super Saddle stretchable looped handle. With the cushy chloroprene isomer, you can float if you want to. Also, we can convert your old Dragon Saddle to a hybrid if it is slipping from years of wear. Ship to us us to make the conversion.
Removing one of the Dragon Saddle-S inserts could be required if seat pads are officially inspected by formal race management in some high level IDBF events; most paddlers keep it full thickness at practice because the removable inserts adjust the comfort.
DS Foot Pad $8. If you can't reach the foot rest bar on the hull to use your legs properly during the stroke, this foot pad will help solve the problem. 8" x 5" x 2". You can shape it to fit. Premium HDPE foam. The closed-cell structure will not absorb water. The 2019 foot blocks are charcoal black.