I have a Wenonah Solo Plus that I use solo. The solo seat has two postions one flat, the other canted. With the seat flat my lower back hurts. With it canted my legs ache. Will a backrest likely help in either postion? I would like to eventually kneel, but that doesn't work for me at all. Maybe when I reach a more desirable weight. I weigh 280 now, down from 329! Thanks for any advice on the backrest or seat postion.
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Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Jul-04-13 11:57 PM (EST)
The canted position is usually the kneeling position. You don't say why you can't kneel. Is it the height of the seat or that your knees hurt? The more you practice kneeling, usually, the more you get used to it and the less it hurts.
Posted by: ironbyron1 on Jul-06-13 10:31 AM (EST)
Thanks for everyone's input. The seat on the Wenonah is too low in the canted position for my feet to slip under, although I haven't given it much of a try. I don't see myself ever being comfortable for any period of time on my knees. but I won't truly know until I try. Thanks again.
I would put the priorities the other way|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jul-05-13 8:21 AM (EST)
Sested for long periods of time both my legs and back hurt in boats (even with Eds Contour Seat!) without footbraces.
Posted by: rblturtle on Jul-05-13 11:15 AM (EST)
I paddled with a gentelman once who turned out to be a back doctor. he said the canted seat kneeling position is just like the office chairs he perscribes to his patients. A high,angeled seat might work well for you. I know several people heavier than you that do it fine.
The height of your seat|
Posted by: rpg51 on Jul-06-13 9:30 AM (EST)
is a factor as well. Are your seat hung low, or high? Try changing that and see if it helps.
I paddle my Wilderness|
Posted by: MORiverPaddler on Jul-06-13 2:34 PM (EST)
with the web seat canted forward, kneeling probably 90% of the time, using a waterproof foam camping pad from Wally World under me. I think that the more you try kneeling the more you will like it, puts your center of gravity lower, making for a more stable ride.