How to Use Your Non-Slip Rowing Pad

It’s been almost four years since Rowing Pad launched our non-slip rowing pads, and they have become one of our most loved features from customers!

Born of frustrations we heard from rowers over slipping in the seat when things get splashy, our non-slip technology was designed with a clear need in mind. The goal was to find an easy solution to the occasional skid or slip—during a race or on the sweaty erg seat—that didn’t detract from the other beneficial features of our rowing seat cushions. The resulting line employs our unique non-slip technology to deliver the ultimate anti-skid, slip-resistant rowing experience.

How does it work? Rowing Pad’s Non-Slip Technology adds a textured rubber layer to your pad base to help it grip the boat or erg seat and stay put for the duration of your row. It is available with the 10MM, 20MM, and 30MM Boat Pad as well as the 10MM and 20MM Soft Erg Pad or as a peel-and-stick add-on to your current Rowing Pad boat or erg pad. Our favorite part? The coating holds firm despite the elements—meaning you can maintain your stability even on those days when you have to race or train in wet, cold, or sweaty conditions.

How to Apply the Non-Slip Boat or Erg Pad Add-On

The most common question we get about the non-slip add-on pad is: Do I stick it to the seat or to my rowing pad?

The answer: You stick the add-on to your pad—not the boat or erg seat. This means your newly acquired slip-resistance stays with you and your pad versus anchored to one boat or rowing machine. 

Here’s what to expect based on your purchase: With the 10MM Boat Pad with Non-Slip (#11372), which features a single layer of our resilient firm polymer foam, the non-slip layer comes pre-applied to the pad. When your pad arrives, you will notice a thin (3/16″ thick) additional layer attached to the underside of your pad. This textured coating is the Non-Slip, and it will help hold your pad in place on the seat of any boat. 

For the 20MM Boat Pad with Non-Slip (#11373), the non-slip layer comes separately—and here’s why. Our 20MM Boat Pad features a dual-density, soft/firm construction. This means it can be used soft or firm side up depending on personal preference. We ship the Non-Slip Boat Pad Add-On separately with your order so you can decide which side of the pad you want to apply the textured layer to. For example, if you prefer a firm cushion, you will apply the add-on layer to the soft side of your pad. 

The non-slip layer also currently ships separately with the 30MM Triple Decker Boat Pad with Non-Slip (#11608), which features three incredibly cushy layers of polymer foam in a soft/medium/soft density core. You can apply to either side of the pad as both are the same density.

The Non-Slip ErgPad offerings, which include the new 10MM Soft ErgPad with Non-Slip (#7800) and the 20MM Soft ErgPad with Non-Slip (#8500), both ship with the textured non-slip layer already applied to the pads. They arrive ready to rock on your rowing machine of choice and will provide slip-resistance for your pad anywhere you row, from the rowing studio to your home gym.

The Non-Slip Boat Pad Add-On and ErgPad Add-On (#11500) ship as a 3/16″-thick single layer featuring the textured non-slip technology on one side (the other side has the adhesive). You can apply it to any Rowing Pad boat or erg pad you currently own using the peel-and-stick application process.

The application process is a simple peel-and-stick method. You will find instructions from Rowing Pad on how to best apply in the shipment with your order. 

Shop the Non-Slip Technology collection now. Available as: 10MM Boat Pad with Non-Slip (non-slip layer comes pre-applied to the pad); 20MM Boat Pad with Non-Slip (non-slip coating comes separately so you can choose whether to apply to the firm or soft side of the dual-density pad); 30MM Triple Decker Boat Pad with Non-Slip (non-slip layer comes separately); Non-Slip Boat Pad Add-On (apply to any Rowing Pad boat pad); 10MM Soft ErgPad with Non-Slip (non-slip layer comes pre-applied to the pad); 20MM Soft ErgPad with Non-Slip (non-slip layer comes pre-applied to the pad); Non-Slip ErgPad Add-On (apply to any Rowing Pad ErgPad).