Our Episea has no backband, but a fairly deep seat. Also footpegs and an airbag up front. I haven't outfitted it further with any foam or anything because as soon as I saw my 9 year-old in it last summer, I knew it wasn't the boat we were looking for.
A couple weeks ago, my wife 5'2, 130 (am I allowed to put that on the internet?), my wife took the Raven out for a morning paddle, and she absolutely loved it. So even after Lilja outgrows this boat, and her little brother Winslow passes through it, I think their mom will want to keep this one around. She's always wanted a boat she could carry down to the water for a quick outing, and this thing only weighs 26 pounds!