Sested for long periods of time both my legs and back hurt in boats (even with Eds Contour Seat!) without footbraces.
Your back takes a pounding with every paddle stroke wanting to slide yourself forward off the seat. Unconsciously your back tries to work to keep you on the seat. Footbars give your legs support and also keep you from sliding forward.
After that I would add a backband or seat. After all there is a reason kayaks have both. Not unreasonable that canoes have both.
I have just found out that I do not need a backrest with a footbar.
Kayak & Canoe Outriggers
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