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OPTP Original McKenzie Self Inflating Airback

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4.3 out of 5 stars 305 customer reviews
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About the Product
  • Achieve comfort and ease back pain when traveling
  • Self-inflating and portable lumbar support.
  • Can be adjusted to any type of seat
  • Measures 16"L x 2"D x 8"H when fully inflated; measures 8" L x 3" diameter when deflated

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  • OPTP Original McKenzie Self Inflating Airback
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Product Description

Product Packaging: Standard Packaging

The Self-Inflating AirBackTM can be adjusted to any type of seat, whether in the car, on a plane, at a ball game, anywhere you need added lumbar support. Simply twist the valve to inflate to the desired level in a matter of seconds. To deflate, re-open the valve, roll the AirBack tightly and close the valve.

Product Details

Package Type: Standard Packaging
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 2 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B001MPXQD0
  • UPC: 793573867407 783318826219
  • Item model number: 710
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (305 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,080 in Health & Personal Care (See Top 100 in Health & Personal Care)
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I bought one of these more than ten years ago and it has been wonderful. I'm a traveling consultant so I use it in office chairs and on airliners. It's easy to adjust the firmness to suit the particular chair, by blowing more air in or letting some out. It's easy to inflate, about ten seconds of blowing, and it doesn't resist like a balloon so you don't have to have super lungs. It deflates in a few seconds and rolls or folds up into a fairly tiny package--or just leave it flat--that's easy to stow in a briefcase or travel bag. The valve closes by simply twisting it and the seal is very good. Until recently it would hold its shape for two years if I was lucky enough to get a gig that lasted that long.

My biggest problem is that it's easy to forget, but I've always managed to get it back except for one time on an airplane. (I used to have two of them.) After at least ten years this one is finally wearing out. It fails gracefully, by simply leaking slowly so you can blow it up again and put a new one on your shopping list.

Be advised that not everyone finds the same shape comfortable. This pillow is not very tall and fits into a very narrow space on your back. There are others that are taller, if that's your particular need. This one is perfect for me and I'm buying a replacement.

I wish all products were manufactured to this quality standard, although unfortunately there's no way to know whether the new one will be as good as the one that finally wore out.
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This product will not stay deflated. (see other reviews for this product) I didn't realize it at first, thinking I had not closed the valve tightly. I didn't fully realize the problem until the sellers "30 day return" window had expired. (The Therapy Connection at HPMS) It was about 45 days after delivery. They referred me to the manufacturer: optp.com. They also told me to take a hike due to a 30 day limit. I quote from their email: "I can tell you incase you are not aware that the Original Airback is considered to be a temporary used item, meaning if you are using this more then 1-2 times then we would suggest that you invest in a foam lumbar roll that is intended to be used all the time." And this from a customer service manager. I have been a McKenzie super roll customer for over 15 years buying multiple units. So obviously I'm very disappointed in their response. What I can do though is recommend the Therm-a-rest lumbar pillow. I've had two and they've both been great! http://www.amazon.com/Therm-a-Rest-Lumbar-Pillow-EverGlade-Slate/dp/B00453N7JY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335991840&sr=8-1
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I tried this product in my car for about a week. It will not stay in place, and my back pain actually got worse. I contacted seller for a refund as I felt the product did not perform as advertised. They said once the package is opened there are no refunds. So be sure this item is what you want,because once you open the package it's yours, even if you never use it.
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Bought February 2010, as of November 2010, now when you put weight on it, it deflates, and if you deflate it, it reinflates itself within a few minutes.

I used it on a few airplane trips and a couple long car rides. Maybe 10 or 20 times total.

When it worked, it really was a good product. For those with a bad back, made air travel bearable, and easily fit in your carry on. If it hadn't of failed, I would have given it 4 stars, not 5 because it was really not as compact as it could have been for travel.

But it should last longer than 9 months. Now I have to find another one. I shouldn't have to do this twice in one year. One star.
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By Spot on January 26, 2013
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It wasn't the packaging. It came in a Huge box with air bubbles. Tried to inflate-- it has a leak. Not so great because I needed it for a flight I am taking in 4 days! Very disappointed to say the least.
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The self inflating lumbar pillow from McKenzie is doing exactly what I needed. My car does not have a lumbar support and this air pillow is perfect for adjusting just as I need to (position & firmness). I may just purchase another one to keep in my office. Might be nice for a plane too since it deflates & rolls up nice and small.
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I purchased this as a lower cost alternative to a (more expensive) Varilite brand that I left on a plane. I got what I paid for. The pillow is manufactured poorly - it leaks. This means that over time (a few hours) it will deflate as you use it, or alternatively inflate if rolled up. It also employs a "wing" design on the sides, which I find uncomfortable.

As for the seller, I had to wait a few WEEKS to receive the "available now" product, and they only told me about their delay when I called them. After finally receiving the pillow and discovering that it leaked, I requested a refund and was told that I could send it back for them to inspect - and if they agreed - that they would refund my money. My time is worth more than the $20 I paid for it.

Learn from my mistake!
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This back support item is suitable, not great, but okay. I just happen to like mine a little larger.
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