The 2023 Rowing Pad Holiday Gift Guide

Wouldn’t it be nice to wrap up all your holiday shopping in just one day, so you can kick back and truly get into the spirit of the season? Maybe log some extra miles toward your Concept 2 Holiday Challenge, make a batch of homemade eggnog or try a new cookie recipe? Then head to the local rowing studio to burn off all that sugar. Catch up on all the cool new rowing-related things happening in pop culture, like the release of the The Boys in the Boat movie, and great books like Goran Buckhorn’s The Greatest Rowing Stories Ever Told and Dan Boyne’s rowing murder mystery, Body of Water, that came out this past spring.

With the Rowing Pad 2023 Holiday Gift Guide, that relaxed, festive, and totally prepared person can be you! So make up your list of rowers near and dear and consult our guide to find the perfect boar or erg pad for each one. Want to make it extra special? Add personalization at checkout. Don’t forget to take advantage of our holiday promotion: Spend $70 and your order ships free. (No coded needed.)

See? Thoughtful, useful, easy, and FREE SHIPPING! Here’s you, enjoying the holidays, with the best rowing presents ever arriving in plenty of time to be wrapped. Pour that second cup of nog—you’ve earned it!

For the Disproportionate Rower:


If your distinguishing family trait is long legs, short torso, chances are the rower in your life could use some assistance getting their body weight in front of their hips. Why is this important? A powerful drive depends on a rower’s ability to get their shoulders in front of the hips during the recovery, and for rowers with long legs, that can be a struggle. A RowingPad 30MM Triple Decker Boat Pad with Non-Slip gives just the right amount of boost to help perfect that geometry, with three layers of soft/firm/soft density foam for comfort and preferred level of firmness. The non-slip add-on protects against slipping and skidding, even in wet conditions.

Take it from national champion masters rowers Laura Nowacki and Ann Panagulias, who are affectionately called “munchkins” by their New Haven Rowing Club mates: “[Rowing Pad’s] rowing pads not only boost our stature in the boat, they boost our confidence, too! In a sport of technical detail and proficiency, a Rowing Pad gives us an undeniable edge on the competition. And every millimeter counts! We LOVE them!”

For the Indoor Rowing Fan:


Indoor rowing aficionados know the secret to erg bliss: Surround yourself with a dozen other rowers, an inspirational instructor and a perfectly synced soundtrack and the meters will fly by. For the studio set, a 20MM ErgPad with Comfort Cutouts is 100% guaranteed to delight. With a firm side and a soft side, your recipient can choose what feels best on the seat. Take it from world record holder Bill Nurge, head coach at Hardcore Training Center, “The 20mm ErgPad (dense side up) is not only super comfortable, it enables my 60-year-old, 5’8” frame to sit a little taller on the erg. I like the feeling of having more leverage on top of the flywheel.” Want to add an extra special touch? Personalize the pad with your recipient’s name or personal best—they’ll cherish the engraving and it will make their pad easier to spot in the dark studio.

For the Comfort Craver:


Even the toughest rower can hit their personal wall when it comes to the ergometer. Too much ouch gets discouraging! Those who crave some extra comfort factor during rowing machine workouts will love Rowing Pad’s extra-soft ErgPad line. In fact, this ergometer seat pad is so soft, the sitz bones will feel total relief (no comfort cutouts necessary)! The 20MM Soft ErgPad with Non-Slip is the ultimate erg training tool, featuring Rowing Pad’s new soft-soft density design along with a layer of proprietary non-slip technology. Textured rubber grips the rowing machine seat for improved slip resistance—even when things get sweaty in the rowing studio. The 20MM Soft ErgPad packs the same double-soft foam without the non-slip layer.

For the Club Secret Santa:


Your rowing club is having a holiday party with a white elephant gift exchange. Yankee Swap. Dirty Santa. Whatever you call it, this fun but unpredictable holiday tradition puts the pressure on! We’ll make it easy for you: Lean in to your shared passion for the club by ordering up a set of boat pads engraved with something meaningful—the club logo, a recent championship win, a beloved motto, or an inside joke that won’t quit. Pair a 30MM Triple Decker Boat Pad with a 20MM Boat Pad for a classic combo that will suit a range of rower preferences. A guaranteed holiday hit!

For the Junior Rower:


Congratulations! Your daughter or son has joined the rowing team at school and is having an amazing time. Except for one thing: He or she frequently complains about a sore rear from all the time spent training on the erg. Even for young rowers, rowing machine workouts can spell major back pain. Why? Our bodies absorb some of the pressure from the hard ground when we work out on a rowing machine. Protect their spine with a technical-level foam seat cushion like 20MM ErgPad Solid.

The extra height can also help overcome inflexibility, which is common in junior rowers who are growing fast and furiously. A butt pad can help increase their range of motion so they can overcome tightness in the hips, hamstrings, and lower back and row a longer, more complete stroke. One mom told us, “My son is a high school freshman rowing novice who is tall and thin (and still growing). He was really struggling with erg practices and testing due to ischial and low back pain. We tried 3 different products before finding yours. Hallelujah!”

Alternate product: 20MM Boat Pad with Non-Slip

If your rower spends more time in the boat and is groaning about all that carbon fiber contact, try a new boat pad, like the 20MM Boat Pad with Non-Slip. With firm-density foam, comfort cutouts, and protective non-slip technology to keep the seat pad in place, practice will be a breeze come spring training time. Give them the competitive edge and a little TLC—a winning combo!

For the Masters Rower:


“Masters” is, for many rowers in this category, a badge of honor. These rowers have put in the work over the years and show no signs of slowing up. But for the masters starting to veer into “Grand Masters” territory, certain issues are unavoidable: bonier butts, aching joints and sitz bones and recurring back pain. As we age, our range of motion can decrease, and rhythms that were once second nature can suddenly start to feel out of whack.

But that shouldn’t keep career athletes from enjoying their preferred form of exercise. Rowing Pad’s 30MM Triple Decker ErgPad with Comfort Cutouts—featuring our exclusive soft/medium/soft three-layer polymer foam construction—can help restore a rower’s range of motion, thereby maintaining the most effective body angle. The extra benefit is the additional comfort on the rear. This best-selling ErgPad is available as a solid pad or with comfort cutouts.

For the Rower’s Stocking:


Need a low-budget treasure for the ergometer buff in your crew? Surprise them with our newest addition to the Non-Slip Collection: the Non-Slip Erg Pad Add-On. An easy upgrade to any Rowing Pad ErgPad, this peel-and-stick application adds a rubber layer of our non-slip technology that will grip the seat and protect against skidding—even when the sweat factor is high. Just maybe don’t actually “stuff” it…treat this baby with care.

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