Help With Seat/Seat Back
Posted by: Steveyacht on Oct-23-13 3:05 PM (EST) Category: Kayaks
Pure novice here. Just purchased an older Perception Sol`e. Got it out on the water this past Sunday. All went well except for the seat back. I have bad back and hips. Hips were ok, while moving, but the back rest, in my opinion sux.
Are there any options as far as replacing or improving the current seat back? I would prefer something higher with more back support.
Also, getting out is a problem. Although I feel that with more time in the boat, practice and watching some "how to" videos, that will get better.
Thanks in advance for all your help and suggestions.
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That is a nice kayak, but it is small|
Posted by: JackL on Oct-23-13 4:07 PM (EST)
Posted by: steveyacht on Oct-24-13 6:01 AM (EST)
I neglected to mention that I am 5'6" and around 170(ish). Once upon a time, getting in and out of this thing would have been a piece of cake!
higher seat back option|
Posted by: jesse59 on Oct-23-13 4:26 PM (EST)
I believe this would be the ticket for replacing your seat back with a higher one:
High back might not help the back|
Posted by: rival51 on Oct-23-13 10:51 PM (EST)
Jack L makes a good point about paddler vs. boat size. From the pictures, it looks to have a fairly low fore deck. If that's the case then you may have a pretty straight leg paddling position. If you have flexibility issues that can strain you back & a higher seat back actually may hurt rather than help.
Posted by: CEWilson on Oct-24-13 9:56 AM (EST)
It became obvious year ago that seats with backs inhibit proper torso rotation; tending to force the paddler's torso towards a recline and rubbing when rotation is used. We want an erect torso in sitting and kneeling paddlecraft.
Posted by: steveyacht on Oct-24-13 1:15 PM (EST)
forgive my ignorance. How does a back band work?
seat back needed?|
Posted by: pbenter on Oct-24-13 1:22 PM (EST)
Being a complete beginner, I bought a Tsunami 125 this summer . It is great that Wilderness Systems uses the same seat in all of their boats. However the more advanced boats use a backband, instead of the padded seat back in the 125. At first I like the seat back, but then it began to feel in the way as I appear to be improving my paddling. I replaced it with WS backband, and definitely prefer it this way now. It also makes for easier entry and exit.
Issues in pack canoe|
Posted by: ret603 on Oct-27-13 4:47 PM (EST)
The issues Charlie mentions are certainly true.
Perception seat back Replacemt|
Posted by: Marshall on Oct-24-13 10:17 PM (EST)
Here's a seat back I replaced with a IR Loungeback Backband I. A Perception Avatar.