It's not the height but it does help. I think it helps keep your butt from sweating so much. I used one while traveling. I tried several different pads (air, gel, combo of both) but none helped that much. So I tried the old piece of sheepskin that came with one of the bikes and found it just as good as those other things. What I always wanted to try but never did was one of those bead "cushions". They look uncomfortable but apparently really help.