How To Best Use Your BackSaver                                      Warning - Improper Use

The real key to back support is whether someone tends to sit up straight and lean back with their upper body.  Any significant slouching or hunching over will eventually cause the lower back to fatigue.  BackSavers are designed to adjust in height and support angle to fit the needs of individual users.  When the BackSaver is adjusted to the right height users will automatically sit up straighter, push back with their upper body, and relieve strain on the lower back.  Many paddlers also find that they like different heights or angles of support depending on the type of activity (lazy paddle, hard aggressive paddle, fishing, etc.).  Special BackSavers for children or very small adults are also available.  Go to BackSaver models  to see other models available.

The strap and tension buckle are used to control the angle of support.  If properly installed the tension lock buckle will be just above the rim of the seat.  To tighten or pull the seat forward, pull on the loose end of the strap by pulling it straight back along the same angle as the section of the strap coming down from behind the BackSaver.  Push down and out on the top of the tension buckle to release the strap and let the BackSaver ease back.  These adjustments work easiest when there is very light pressure on the BackSaver.  The mounted BackSaver is designed to have a little give when you lean back on it for added comfort.  The strap is designed to be long enough that you can let the BackSaver rotate all the way back and down out of the way for very aggressive paddling or so that it is out of the way if you turn around in the front seat. 

Snap buttons on opposite sides of each BackSaver let it telescope to different heights.  Try different heights to determine what works best for you.  Push both buttons in at the same time to raise or lower the height.  If you only move one side at a time it may jam.  Both sides should always be set at the same height.  Most users like the top wooden cross rail one to two inches below their shoulder blades.  This gives good support while still giving you full motion for paddling.  It is easiest to adjust the height before you go out on the water.

Strap the BackSaver down flat against the seat before you portage or flip your canoe upside down.  When you portage, wrap the loose strap around the top of the BackSaver and secure the end with a half hitch.  Some people will wedge either clothing or their life jackets between the BackSaver and the seat to simplify carrying gear on a portage.