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Anyone else having issues with the seats in these new trucks? I'm 5'11, 210 lbs. But I'm not what you'd call obese by any means. Yet the side bolsters on these seats are causing pain in my upper legs unless I sit with my two knees almost touching. Couldn't they have added a couple inches to the seat width??? Must have gotten a Chinese dude for a test dummy for them.

Anyone know of a way to fix this? I'm thinking about getting a cushion to sit on and bring me up a bit so the side bolsters aren't digging into my legs. Didn't bother me before now. Probably too giddy about all the cool features to really notice them.

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Anyone else having issues with the seats in these new trucks? I'm 5'11, 210 lbs. But I'm not what you'd call obese by any means. Yet the side bolsters on these seats are causing pain in my upper legs unless I sit with my two knees almost touching. Couldn't they have added a couple inches to the seat width??? Must have gotten a Chinese dude for a test dummy for them.

Anyone know of a way to fix this? I'm thinking about getting a cushion to sit on and bring me up a bit so the side bolsters aren't digging into my legs. Didn't bother me before now. Probably too giddy about all the cool features to really notice them.
I have a Z71 and love the seats. I've heard they are different than the LT... but I never seen an LT in person.
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Yet the side bolsters on these seats are causing pain in my upper legs unless I sit with my two knees almost touching. Couldn't they have added a couple inches to the seat width???

Anyone know of a way to fix this? I'm thinking about getting a cushion to sit on and bring me up a bit so the side bolsters aren't digging into my legs.
My first thought, if you wanted to do it right, was find an automotive upholstery shop in the area who can either change the foam inserts, or add some foam inside the seat. Could potentially be expensive if they are disassembling the seat portion, and/or possibly restitching to accommodate more cushion.
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That's a drag--the seats are pretty well reviewed, and I liked them fine, but no seat is perfect for everyone. You might try a cushion and see how it works, but I think Detroit has the right idea-have an upholsterer shop take a look at them and see if they can sort you out.

The one thing I don't like about the seats is that the back recline is manual. I really liked the powered recline on an SUV we test drove for my wife a while back! I wish they'd put that feature on the top end trucks, at least in the Canyon SLT.
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Anyone else having issues with the seats in these new trucks? I'm 5'11, 210 lbs. But I'm not what you'd call obese by any means. Yet the side bolsters on these seats are causing pain in my upper legs unless I sit with my two knees almost touching. Couldn't they have added a couple inches to the seat width??? Must have gotten a Chinese dude for a test dummy for them.

Anyone know of a way to fix this? I'm thinking about getting a cushion to sit on and bring me up a bit so the side bolsters aren't digging into my legs. Didn't bother me before now. Probably too giddy about all the cool features to really notice them.
I'm about your same size and I know what you are talking about! My Chevy SSR has the same problem with the bolsters pinching! Short trips OK, but long trips in the seat are killers! I use a cushion like they use on kitchen chairs!

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Some of the media evaluators have commented on the uncomfortable seats in the Colorado as well as a flimsy seat back adjustment. Seriously, how difficult is it to make a good seat?
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One of the mountain bikers commented that the side bolsters made the 'seat' area too narrow.
Sounds like you can back up that statement.
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I can certainly back up his findings. The seat between the bolsters is 11 3/4" wide at the rear of the seat, and 12 1/2" up where my thighs sit. The bolsters at the rear are smaller and more compliant. But as they get bigger toward the front of the seat, they don't give much at all.

Pretty disappointing. And, read the new thread I started in the general section about the heater!!

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The seats in my 08 are 20" across. With 12" of that the flat space (seam to seam) between the bolsters. Of course the bolsters are pretty small. Even me, my legs are resting on both of the bolsters. I'm a runner and have strong legs, bigger than an average runner. But in general I am smaller than the average adult.

Do you feel there is a chance the material will soften in time, like when it breaks in some?
Next option would be to have an upholstery shop trim down the foam.

I only reason I ask because I ordered a 1993 F-150 and not long after I owned it took a long road trip. The seat wasn't very comfortable. So much that I realized that day that the years to come may be full of uncomfortable miles. In time, the seat foam broke in.
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I have read posts of some that say they want larger bolsters. I remember one of them drives a Camaro.....
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The seats in my 08 are 20" across. With 12" of that the flat space (seam to seam) between the bolsters. Of course the bolsters are pretty small. Even me, my legs are resting on both of the bolsters. I'm a runner and have strong legs, bigger than an average runner. But in general I am smaller than the average adult.

Do you feel there is a chance the material will soften in time, like when it breaks in some?
Next option would be to have an upholstery shop trim down the foam.

I only reason I ask because I ordered a 1993 F-150 and not long after I owned it took a long road trip. The seat wasn't very comfortable. So much that I realized that day that the years to come may be full of uncomfortable miles. In time, the seat foam broke in.

I don't see that portion of the seat "breaking in" as the only thing touching that area are the backs of my legs. Not a lot of weight there to really break it in. In fact, I think over time it may only get worse as the flat part of the seat where my butt sits will compress and break in over time, leaving the bolsters even higher than they are now. I could be wrong though.

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I can definitely see how your thought can be true, in theory.
Hopefully it is not so. I'm sure the body will adapt to the seat though (people will get used to the discomfort).
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When we went a test drove an LT i noticed it pushing into my thighs, on my Z71 it actually is MUCH better and haven't even noticed it pushing into my legs
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I feel like this is a tough thing for automakers to get right. If you don't have side bolsters (My old G8 ), everyone that is thinner complains because there is no support and you slide around. If they do add "aggressive" side bolsters you are left with this example above.

There is not a perfect way of doing things, unless you go for a very expensive design like my BMW that has the adjustable side bolsters.
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I feel like this is a tough thing for automakers to get right. If you don't have side bolsters (My old G8 ), everyone that is thinner complains because there is no support and you slide around. If they do add "aggressive" side bolsters you are left with this example above.

There is not a perfect way of doing things, unless you go for a very expensive design like my BMW that has the adjustable side bolsters.

A very good idea. If they can do the adjustable lumbar support, they should be able to do adjustable bolsters without too much cost. Especially since they scrimped on the reclining part so badly.

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A very good idea. If they can do the adjustable lumbar support, they should be able to do adjustable bolsters without too much cost. Especially since they scrimped on the reclining part so badly.
Probably my favorite seats in any vehicle I have ever driven. It is kind of funny when one of my friends get in my car to drive, and they are terribly uncomfortable because I have them adjusted so tight, but after adjusted I have yet to find someone who was not comfortable.
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I have a Z71 and love the seats. I've heard they are different than the LT... but I never seen an LT in person.
What he said. The seats in my Z71 are just about perfect for me. I'm not a big guy (6'0", 175#) but i can spend hours in these seats in comfort.

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I didn't realize the seats in the Z71 were different. Just thought it was the material.
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I own the LT Colorado and the seats are fine. You can't please everyone. I drove the truck to NY to NC and then back to NY. Not once was I uncomfortable
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