Match here too. I wish they would state what the Vantage seat's capacity is like they do with camp chairs - just for piece of mind. Some "heavy duty" ones can max out at 225-250. There's a recent post on tearing on the older seat which I could see happening more quickly with me in it...
I can't see there being an issue between the seat being elevated or not...? I think the support/quality lies in the material and stitching strength. Maybe another poster who has one (I have to wait 'till mid-April to place my order
) could say if the seat in the up position plus the armrests might make for a more controlled... landing
That could reduce wear and tear.
I liked the new seat personally and certainly wouldn't want it to give out prematurely. More bells and whistles, more things to go wrong... The old seat, if I remember right, you are still supported by material, it's not a hard seat or supported by the floor underneath. (I realize you may already know that just thinking out loud -it's something I should get on asking
my dealer about)