Over the years I have tried a variety of custom built seats trying to find a seat that is truly comfortable for all day riding. I've heard a lot about Russell Day Long seats and in desperation after riding from Spokane, WA to Toronto, ON with my half my butt on the seat and the other half hanging in the air to gain some relief, I tried Russell Day Long. Wow! This is it! Day Long seats are exactly that... I've spent many long days in the saddle without squirming or sore butt. I've routinely done 12 to 14 hours in a Russell seat. I find my posture on bikes with an upright seating isn't very good, I tend to slouch and this earns me a sore back by day's end. The Russell Day Long backrest helps alleviate this problem by giving me a comfortable backrest to lean on.
In the photos below, the backrest was removed from my other bike's Russell seat, so it's not yet adjusted for this bike. The backrest pad can be raised and lowered and the backrest's tilt angle can be adjusted fore and aft.
Note the lack of "wings" on the passenger seat, in order to not interfere with the passenger grab handles. The passenger seat is, however, plenty comfortable and I found sitting on it - with my full riding gear - that my back was directly against the GTL's backrest.
As soon as I sat on the seat, the seat felt right. With the Russell Day Long seat, I had to get used to the upper thigh support "wings" digging into the back of my thigh when stopped in traffic. On the GTL, this issue is greatly reduced because of the lower overall height of the seat.
There is an additional spacer that is installed in the lower slot which adjusts the angle of the seat. I have not yet installed this spacer. The RDL backrest is easily removable without tools.
For taller riders, there's certainly plenty of room to build the seat much higher and reduce the gap between the passenger and rider.
Notice how the Russell Day Long seat builder left a gap between the passenger grab rail and the seat, compare this to the stock seat below it:
My son says the seat is very comfy and the backrest doesn't interfere which his seating position and don't come close to the boys.
Yours truly with my 30" inseam flat footing it on both sides:
Russell Day Long Saddle: My heel is raised about 1 cm off the ground. (1/4"?) on both sides. Notice how my butt is slid forward to my legs can reach the ground without getting hung up on the seat "wings". It's not a conscious effort, it happens when I put my feet down. I usually only put one foot down anyway.
Stock low seat: My heel is flat to the ground on both sides.
Russell right side:
Russell Day Long:
The seat is definitely taller than the stock seat, by around an inch, my guess.
The quality of the construction is tops. If there's one "flaw" it would be a slight gap between the seat material and the heater switch.
I also bought a lock tumbler and well get my dealer to key it for me.
I will update this thread once I've put a few thousand km's in this saddle.
Overall, I'm very pleased with the customer service and the quality of construction.
I ordered this seat as part of a group buy last fall, so that netted me a good discount. I think I paid around $520, plus $65 for the backrest bracket. I already had the backrest. You have to send RDL your stock seat for them to build you a custom seat based on your height, weight and seating preference. I opted to buy a new stock seat so I can keep my stock seat unmodified.
For me, comfort is priceless and Russell Day Long knows how to make a truly day long seat.
On my next ride, I will try the seat heat to be sure it's working properly.