Blisters on back side

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Blisters on back side

Post by runningsteve251 » December 14th, 2009, 12:59 am

I have a model B that I am using for 10K workouts about 3 or 4 times a week. I am getting blisters on my back side, I have tried swopping from regular running shorts to cycling shorts, which helped a bit, should I be looking at getting some specific rowing shorts or do I need to change the seat. Any recomendations greatly appreciated.



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Post by DavidA » December 15th, 2009, 2:59 pm

I used to have that problem also. It was caused by either a seam in my shorts, or by the end of my t-shirt ending up in a sensitive spot on my tushy. I now try to wear shorts without any seams back there, and make sure the end of my shirt is underneath me when I sit on the erg.

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Re: Blisters on back side

Post by Nosmo » December 15th, 2009, 4:29 pm

runningsteve251 wrote: Any recomendations greatly appreciated.
C2 sells shorts.

I've got a pair from Craftsbury (don't know who makes them), Potomic boat club and over the years I've bought probably a dozen pairs from JL Racing.

I like the JL the best, although they are all good. JL is certainly the most popular among the rowers I know. (I did have one pair years ago that had a seam that bothered me on long rows, so I gave it to my wife and it doesn't bother her--but perhaps that is because she never does rows over 20K--again that is one pair out of many)

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Post by Montanaandy » December 17th, 2009, 3:02 pm

I have been using a folded towel for quite some time and find it to be the best for avoiding chafing. Have worn cycling shorts in the past but found them to be extremely hot. I just wear cheap nylon shorts that are well vented and use the towel. Montanaandy

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Post by runningsteve251 » December 17th, 2009, 7:25 pm

Thanks guys, think I will give the rowing specific shorts a try!

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Re: Blisters on back side

Post by Greypuller » March 22nd, 2010, 11:33 am

My son was complaining of the sore butt issue too. I simply placed a "closed cell" foam "kneeling/gardening" pad across the seat and it did not slip, yet offered much relief. It's fairly soft with a shinny finish so it grips well and returns to shape after too.

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Re: Blisters on back side

Post by Mikerowmgr » December 19th, 2010, 1:25 pm

I have found that 1/8" foam packing, cut to the size of the seat, works well also. I have used the gardener pad foam cushions - the same material as in wrestling mats - but developed a itchy red rash on my tailbone that is now a recurring problem. If anyone has experienced this problem and has a solution, I'd be grateful for your reply.

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Re: Blisters on back side

Post by Cyclist2 » December 20th, 2010, 12:48 am

If you cut the pad to mimic the shape of a rowing shell seat, it will be more comfortable. That is, with a deep cutout in the back so your tailbone doesn't hit anything when at the finish, and two holes under the sit bones so your weight is supported by the muscle, not the bone pinching the skin. C2 has a reason, I'm sure, for their latest seat design, but it sure is hard on my poor skinny butt without a pad - I have two or three different ones I use. The model B seat, IMHO, was a way better design, I use that one with no pad just fine, I'm surprised it is giving you problems.
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