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Rog Wilko on 09 Jan 2018
Does anyone have experience with Backfriend? Or do you swear by something else?
petegunn on 09 Jan 2018
In reply to Rog Wilko:

I haven't tried a "backfriend" but i have had one "made to measure" (just different back sizes) from a orthopedic place a number of years ago.
This was quite hard and found it ok on short journeys but painful on longer trips > 1hr.
I now use a cheap mesh one that i bought in B&M which is much better as i think it has more flex in it. Worth a try as only a few pounds, works for me.
Dax H - on 09 Jan 2018
In reply to Rog Wilko:

The back friend looks good and at that price I'm going to get one to try.
I currently use a mesh one that is real comfy and works well but it pushes me too far forward in to the wheel due to the level of bow in it.
Welsh Kate - on 09 Jan 2018
In reply to Rog Wilko:

I've had a Backfriend for years, but don't need it for driving, I used if for a long time on my sofa, and then for a few months last summer when I had a recurrence of a back problem. I find it fairly comfy, and it's hard-wearing. There's a certain amount of adjustment available. Probably worth a punt - when I bought mine there was a 'money back if you're not satisfied' guarantee, don't know if they still do it?
richard_hopkins - on 09 Jan 2018
In reply to Rog Wilko:

I tried adjusting the rearview mirror slightly higher, requiring me to sit a bit higher to see properly.
It subconsciously made me sit more upright in the seat which might help slightly and probably helps with posture.
nniff - on 10 Jan 2018
In reply to Rog Wilko:

I use a 'wobble cushion' - not so much in the car, but at my desk. You're supposed to sit on them, but they work really well as a back support - inflate to the appropriate size.
Rog Wilko on 11 Jan 2018
In reply to Rog Wilko:

Thanks for all the replies.

Murderous_Crow - on 11 Jan 2018
In reply to Rog Wilko:

For the last few years I've used one of these, on and off:

http://shoft.co.uk/

Not a back support as such. It keep the lap portion of the seatbelt where it should be, over the hips, helping to prevent slouching. It's not a complete lock, and it does leave the upper seatbelt totally free to move, so from a practical point of view it doesn't hinder anything. I swear by it, especially for long drives. I find I need to re-tighten it by wiggling back in my seat and pulling up on the shoulder portion every hour or so.  

timjones - on 12 Jan 2018
In reply to Rog Wilko:

Keeping the seat, steering wheel and mirrors all properly adjusted is far better than trying to compensate with other aids.

 

Rog Wilko on 12 Jan 2018
In reply to timjones:

That's dependent on the car seats being firm enough. Many are much too soggy.

timjones - on 12 Jan 2018
In reply to Rog Wilko:

I've certainly encountered some saggy seats, but I'd sooner visit a scrappy for a decent seat rather than bodge it with an add-on back support.

Rigid Raider - on 12 Jan 2018
In reply to Rog Wilko:

The seat in my Passat B8 is pretty comfortable and I drive with it raised to the highest possible position so as to give me a good view around the car and because I hate to see drivers lounging back in their seats, only just seeing over the wheel. I keep the backrest pretty upright but the lower back support cushion is a little too high in this model (was perfect in the B7 and B6) so I keep a piece of carpet underlay folded double into a pad about 12" x 4" by 1" thick, which sits at the bottom of the backrest and makes all the difference in supporting my lower back. 


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