How to Upgrade Your Kayak Seat

How to Upgrade Your Kayak Seat

We all know that kayaking can be a lot of fun, but it is hard to enjoy the experience when you are uncomfortable. Fortunately there are ways to upgrade your kayak seat for an enhanced experience. Below are some tips on how to do this.

Add Inflatable Thigh Support

You know that feeling when your thighs are on fire? That’s what it feels like to sit in a kayak without the right support. To make things even worse, you might have noticed there’s not much backrest or arm rests for comfort and balance- but this problem is easily solved with inflatable thigh braces which can be attached at either end of your seat pan – no big deal! They’re adjustable so they fit just about anyone comfortably–and lightweight enough so as not add any unnecessary weight onto our precious craft (important!). So next time life throws us those uncomfortable moments were sitting down becomes unavoidable…go ahead take care ol’ bones while still enjoying some great outdoorsy adventures.

Pad it up

Paddling for hours on end can be tough, but there are ways to make it more comfortable. One way is by adding extra cushioning like gel in your seat pad that moves around easily and presses against the skin so you don’t feel any pressure or discomfort while sitting down for longer periods of time. The other option would involve using thin Minicell foam which applies just enough padding at key points throughout its thickness.

A padded seat eliminates pressure on your hips and butts that tend to radiates pain, while maintaining the natural balance in kayaking. The thin Minicell foam can be added for extra comfort without changing any of its other attributes like durability or water absorption rates- which means you’ll still get great use out them over time no matter what type of watersports activity brings about an adrenaline craving!

Adding more padding underneath us will help distribute weight evenly across our body preventing soreness from occurring at certain points during long journeys through rivers or lakes alike; this way we can enjoy each adventure fully enjoying ourselves as well without worrying about endangering health with poor posture.

Back Tilt Position

The upright position is a great way to avoid back pain when you’re out on your boat. But stretching does help sometimes to ease the pressure. Tilting backwards can help you help you stretch a little bit and make yourself feel comfortable while you are out in the water. However, if your kayak seat is not that adjustable, you might have to purchase a new one as this will help you stay comfortable longer!

Knee and Foot Position

Make sure your seat is comfortable and try moving the footpegs back or forth until you find a position that feels right. It’s also important for beginners to adjust so their legs remain straight when they’re already set in place, as this will allow them better balance and stability while paddling. The seat should feel like an extension of yourself – which means there has been ample thought put into making these products fit just right as well.

Seat Height Adjustment

The height of your seat makes a big difference in how comfortable and stable you feel while paddling. You want to make sure that your balance and stability are in check before heading out in the wide-open sea. By increasing the height of the seat, you can feel more comfortable and enjoy more stability but that comes at a price and that – instability. But if you are planning to paddle on flat water, you can do some experiment with the seat height as it is seen that the height adjustment can lead to better ergonomics and that will definitely lead to better performance at the end.

Lumbar Support

Picking the right kayak seat is essential to a pain free paddling experience. You should look for a kayak seat that promises to offer excellent lumbar support as it releases pressure from your spine and allows you more freedom while sitting in one position, preventing further irritation of muscles around your lower back area with prolonged use.


You don’t want to get sit on a wet kayak seat. Back pain or not, the material will soak through and make you uncomfortable as soon as possible! Consider upgrading if your concern is relieving back strain – try buying seats made of breathable fabric so they drain water first before soaking into it too deeply.

Consider upgrading from old, wadded up pieces of fabric that don’t offer much cushioning at all. Get yourself an kayak seat made from airy breathable materials so water doesn’t soak right into them; this way everything stays relatively dry while you are right into the thick of thing.

Size and compatibility

You also want to ensure that your kayak seats match the size of your kayak and are compatible with kayaking accessories you may already have. Each kayak seat is designed for a specific type and model of kayak, so make sure you purchase a kayak seat that fits your boat! You also want to find kayak seats that work together as a set rather than just an individual component.

A kayak seat is a key component for any watercraft, and purchasing the right one can be tricky. You need to make sure it’s not too narrow or wide so you don’t end up complaining about your experience on board!

To make sure your new purchase fits well into its intended purpose measure out how many inches wide each side is – this way we’ll know if our chosen product has enough space before even looking at price tags again 😉

Add a backrest for more comfort and support

You can purchase a backrest as an upgrade option but it might not fit everyone because you need to make sure it will attach properly to your kayak seat and that it has the correct weight limit for you. If you already have a kayak seat that comes with a backrest included then this is something you do not need to worry about and just enjoy the convenience of having one built-in. When there isn’t one, though, adding your own makes kayaking much more comfortable for anyone who does not get any support from their current kayak seat even if they sit in it correctly. Again, though, you need to know how much weight your kayak can hold so upgrading properly is important no matter what kind of upgrades you want to add.

Install arm rests to avoid getting blisters from paddling all day long

You can also add arm rests to your kayak seat in order to make it easier for you to paddle all day long without getting blisters on your hands. This is especially helpful if you are planning on doing an endurance kayaking event like a white water rafting adventure or something that will involve using your kayak for several hours straight. It might cost extra when you buy the kayak, but it can be worth it not to have soreness when you finally get out of the water at the end of the day.

Get an adjustable foot brace

Get an adjustable foot brace so you can paddle in any position you want without hurting yourself. This means that you will be able to use the foot brace no matter if you are in a kayak or a canoe. You can choose one that does not have any locking features so it is easier to adjust when you need, but then glue this into place so it cannot move around while you are using your kayak seat.

Bottom line:               

Kayak seats are some of the best upgrades that someone who loves fishing can do because they add a lot of stability to the kayak and they help you stay comfortable while you are out on the water for long periods of time.

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Arthur G. Moore

Arthur G. Moore is a veteran paddler. He has over 10 years of whitewater kayaking experience in his kitty. When he was young, he used to love kayaking in rapid III and rapid IV but as time went on, he decided to concentrate mainly on covering long distances on a standard touring kayak. He is currently working as a senior editor for Kayak Manual.

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