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Recently, Ride introduced a new, ultra-breathable 3D mesh liner option for the Ride Custom Back. It has quickly become evident that this new liner is superior in every way to our original composite (Brock®) foam liner.  It keeps the sitter even cooler and drier, is easier to clean, and in-field modifications are much more efficient. 

In alignment with our mission to use only the very best materials to make Ride cushions and back supports, we will discontinue offering Brock foam on the Ride Custom Back as of May 31, 2021.

Orders for the Ride Custom Back with Brock liner received by the end of business on May 31, 2021 will be fulfilled.  Quotes for the Ride Custom Back with Brock foam liner that are open as of June 1, 2021 will be modified — the Brock foam option will be replaced with the ultra-breathable 3D mesh liner option.  

Q&A

Is there an extra charge for the ultra-breathable 3D mesh liner option?

A: No.

Q: Is the ultra-breathable 3D mesh liner heavier than the Brock foam?

A: No, the mesh liner does not add any additional weight to the Ride Custom Back.

Q: How thick is the ultra-breathable 3D mesh liner?

A: 7mm thick. The liner will be wrapped around the edges of the back. There will be no perceptible difference in the back, from the standpoint of the end user, between the original Brock and the new ultra-breathable 3D mesh liner.

Q: Are there other liner options for the Ride Custom Back?

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A: Yes, another option is the soft, open-cell polyurethane foam liner, which is a slightly thicker, more forgiving option.  An incontinence-proof cover can be ordered for the soft foam liner in place of the breathable spacer fabric cover.

Q. Can I order an incontinence-proof cover as a replacement for the spacer fabric cover with the ultra-breathable 3D mesh liner?

A. No, the ultra-breathable 3D mesh liner requires use of the spacer fabric cover, however an additional incontinence-proof cover can be ordered to go on top of the spacer fabric cover if needed.

Q. Is the commode back available with the ultra-breathable 3D mesh liner?

A. Yes.

Q. Is Soft Fit available with the ultra-breathable 3D mesh liner?

A. Yes.

Q. Is Enhanced Relief available with the ultra-breathable 3D mesh liner?

A. Yes.

Q. Are Axillary Pads available with the ultra-breathable 3D mesh liner?

A. Yes.

Q. I used to carve away Brock foam when relief in certain areas was needed. How should I handled these modifications with the ultra-breathable 3D mesh liner?

A. Simply cut out the liner in the areas where relief is needed using a sharp razor knife. Then, pull the cover back over the liner. Done!  

Please contact Shelly Young, Product Manager (shelly at ridedesigns.com) with any questions.

Lateral reinforcement option for Ride Custom AccuSoft Cushion

Are you familiar with the Ride Custom AccuSoft™ Cushion?  Like the firmer Custom 2 Cushion, the AccuSoft is carved to precisely match the client’s shape for superior postural control, improved mobility, and skin protection. 

While Ride continues to believe in the benefits of a firm, orthotic mode of support, the AccuSoft Cushion is the result of understanding that there are times when a softer cushion material may be what’s needed. It’s made of soft, open-cell polyurethane foam to create a supple sitting surface.

In cases where additional rigidity is needed to support the lateral thighs, Ride now offers a lateral reinforcement option. Quite different from traditional, industry-standard metal or composite reinforcements, this innovation boosts structural integrity, while using forgiving materials that help reduce the risk of injury to skin and soft tissue.    

Reinforced lateral thigh support option for Ride Custom AccuSoft Cushion.

When the reinforced lateral thigh support option is ordered, ½” of cushion foam will be removed from each lateral thigh support, and the reinforcement material will replace the foam that was removed — without increasing the overall width of the cushion. 

If even greater lateral thigh support and control is necessary, we encourage you to consider the Ride Custom 2 Cushion, or contact us to discuss your options.

If you’re utilizing the new bundled pricing option, the reinforced lateral option is included in the AccuSoft Cushion bundled price.   

Ultra-breathable liner for the Ride Custom Back

Now there are three: Ride Custom Back foam options

The Ride Custom Back has long been the premier wheelchair seating solution for achieving optimum postural support, balance and control. The original firm, breathable composite foam liner allows for a thin profile and helps to keep the sitter dry and comfortable in virtually any climate. 

Then Ride further revolutionized custom molded seating by offering the option of a soft foam insert on the Ride Custom Back.  This soft option simply provides a more forgiving user interface with the exacting support of the Custom Back shell.  

Always aiming to improve Ride products, we’re excited to announce a third liner option for the Ride Custom Back! Made from ultra-breathable 3D mesh, this liner performs as well as the original composite liner — yet it’s more breathable. While allowing increased air flow, the Ultra-breathable liner retains even less moisture than the original, making it easier to wash and quicker to dry. In-field modifications are a breeze. Even better, there is no additional charge associated with selecting this liner option.

NEW ultra-breathable, 3D mesh liner material

Review all the liner options via video here:

Understanding Custom AccuSoft Cushion contour options

The Ride Custom AccuSoft Cushion is offered with a choice of contour options: Full Contact and Ride Contour. These contour options have generated some questions so we wanted to highlight the difference between the two… perhaps most readily understood by seeing the photographs below.

Full Contact: The cushion is manufactured exactly as captured (left column below).

Ride Contour: The cushion is manufactured with Ride’s patented mechanism of support. The Ride Contour option carves a recess 3/8″ deep into the surface of the cushion underneath the high risk bony areas (right column below).

The Ride Contour option does not create offloading under the ischial tuberosities.

Rather, it creates a loading bias underneath the proximal thighs and posterior-lateral buttocks, which then reduces forces underneath the ischial tuberosities (as shown in pressure map image, above right). 

The Ride Contour option is not available when ordering extra soft foam. 

NOTE: The Ride Custom AccuSoft Cushion is not a fully off-loading cushion. For orthotic off-loading, consider using the Java® Cushion or Ride Custom 2 Cushion for the ultimate in skin safety and postural support.

Kudos to consumer advocate Jenny Siegle

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tomandjenny072820Jenny Siegle was awarded the NRRTS* Consumer Advocate of the Year Award during the Unite4CRT Town Hall Meeting on July 28th.

That masked man in the photo, surprising Jenny while she was hosting the town hall online, is Ride CEO Tom Hetzel. Jenny’s mother, Barb, joined in.

A sports producer and huge Colorado Rockies fan, you may have seen Jenny modeling in some of Ride’s photography over the years or lobbying on Capitol Hill.  She uses a Ride Custom Cushion and Back to support her active lifestyle.

Jenny helped to form the advocacy coalition, Unite4CRT, and has been a driving force in planning the monthly town hall meeting topics and discussions. As host of the meetings, Jenny’s warm and welcoming personality encourages discussion among a diverse audience.

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The group’s mission is to bridge the gap between the perception and the reality of living with a disability. Consider joining their next meeting… information on registering to attend (free) is here.

*NRRTS is the National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers

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