Here is a better description of the problem which involves an IR Reggie backband in a sea kayak.
Imagine that your backband was attached to the seat by one thin rope. Imagine that rope ran from the left seat arm along the lowest edge of the backband to the right seat arm.
Then when you press your back against the backband, the top edge would recline back like a lazy chair.
My old band did not do this. The new IR back band reclines and I dont like the feel…its like I am not attached to the boat anymore.
The reclining seems to occur because the straps are attached to pad with a rotary swivels. The old backband just had balanced webbing which made a nice cradle.
The shock cords on the back of the IR backband are no match for the forces.
I do not have the “pro straps” connected to anything…I am not sure how and if they are used.
No instructions came in the IR kit.