I finally got out today with the Tempest. The seat changes were a definite improvement, but it's far from done.
The fore-aft positioning is great. I also removed the hip pads because it was too tight with them in. I could see maybe making my own about half as thick sometime later.
The thigh braces need a bit more adjustment. I left my screwdriver at home so couldn't do anything on the water. But the biggest problem is the seat bottom and seat back. I think I need to just replace that seat with one of the molded ones from a composite boat. The one in that SEDA that I paddled in the Kayaking Essentials class was awesome, even without padding.
The current seat bottom angle is all wrong. Even with the front lifted up, it isn't supportive enough, and that's what is setting off my sciatic nerves. The Perception's seat is much better in that regard. The bottom isn't adjustable, but it's already at a good angle. Unfortunately it's too wide to fit in the Tempest or I'd swap it in.
And then there's the issue of the seatback, which I still say is too flimsy.
So.. I need to find a place to order a seat. Then I think the Tempest will be golden. I went ahead and put the Perception up on Craigslist too.. maybe I can get it gone and use that money on a dry suit.
Touring Kayak Paddles
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