Did you choose a seat Trappy?
Kind of... I've put together a short review of the seats I tried.
Here’s the breakdown of the seats I tried out in GSM’s showroom last Saturday. I suppose I should be clear on the particulars of my carcass as this is obviously a huge and personal factor. I’m 5’10” and weigh around 95kgs. I have a very broad chest and back, so a decent width seat back is a requirement for me. For reference, I physically can’t sit back in a Nissan 350Z seat – the side bolsters dig into my back leaving 4” behind me to the seat back…
OMP Style, Design 2 and whatever the other one was
A reasonably priced range of seats I’ve had on my list for years. I sat on (not in) it for all of 5 seconds. The bolsters on the base are so close my butt barely touched the seat. Awful, nasty things.
Auto Style seats
An even cheaper range of seats that come in a variety of sizes and shapes, all equally firm, uncomfortable and unsupportive. I tried about five of these and didn’t like any of them.
I sat in this seat feeling quite sceptical. How could it be worth £1,200, almost double the price of every other recliner in there? It is worth every penny. You simply sink into it until it feels like it’s wrapped around you. It’s incredibly comfortable while holding you in all the right places but doesn’t feel restrictive in the least. Unfortunately, it was the only Recaro in there to test as I wondered would some of their cheaper offerings might be like… Over £2,500 for a pair of seats is just too much for me.
This seat looks even better in the flesh than in the photos. The best-looking seat there is to my eyes. I sat in it almost hoping I wouldn’t like in case I ended up forking out more than I had budgeted for – and I swear I heard my plums pop. The seat base bolsters are so deep and vertical, it crushes your legs together, quite aggressively. I felt like I’d been kicked in the knackers for a good ten minutes. Probably not the seat for me then…
Corbeau RRS and RXI
The RXI is essentially a revised version of the RRS. To my eye, the RRS is the marginally better-looking seat but the RXI had more support around the shoulders and, ultimately, this is more important. Both offered surprisingly little side bolster support on the base however. After noticing this, I jumped into the Golf to see how good they were in comparison to its seats as I already know they’re a very supportive and comfortable seat and found them to be about the same so it’s clearly good enough for a ‘fast road’ set-up, especially considering the extra shoulder support both offered over the Golf’s seats. They are also among the best-looking seats out there, based loosely off the Audi RS seats from a few years back I believe.
I could easily have overlooked this seat being a recliner that doesn’t tilt for rear access, but I had a try after seeing so many glowing reviews in my research. This seat was very nearly as good as the Recaro Sportster in terms of comfort and support and better than the RRS and RXI.
The vinyl quality is so good on the Corbeaus that I had to ask which of them were leather. Turned out none of them were...
One other thing going for all of the Corbeau seats is that they come in with a base height of only 2.5”. I asked about the height of the runners – that was 1” more and then there’s the base plate. The chap in GSM looked up the part number and found a stock image that appears to be near flat. Up shot, is that these seats might even come in as lower than standard seats…
Now over a week on and having made a few phone calls and done some research while thinking over different ideas… I’m still not 100% decided. I did initially decide on the RXI with white stitching but then realised the RRB comes in Vinyl in the US with white stitching. I got a quote for these to be imported by Corbeau but that came in (at the current exchange rate) at £300 more than the cloth RRBs. They’re just not worth that much more.
Upshot is, I think I’m going to go for the Corbeau RRB in cloth. Rear access won’t be a problem as I’ve now decided to get a roll cage fitted along with harnesses.