No, mine is stitched right on to the inner part. I was suprised, for 300+ clams it ought to hold up. I guess if it gets any worse I'll ask them for a fix or a new one.Backrest is just a zip over cover isnt it (my stealth is)? Pop it off and run down to an awning shop, restitched for a couple bucks. Though I'm sure the Lair would be more than willing to supply a new one, for a nominal fee of course.