Kayak Seats - Maximum Comfort
Fishing, GTS, and High Backs
Good kayak seats make all the difference between a fun day out paddling and a day complaining about a bruised butt and back pain. The type of kayak seat you choose, however, depends on the type of kayak or canoe you paddle and what you intend to do with it.
Some of the most common users of kayak seats are fishermen. Sit-on kayaks generally require an additional seat for comfort and if you’re planning to spend a good part of the day fishing from your kayak it’s a good idea to have proper back support as well. At a minimum you’ll require a back band and butt pad just to feel comfortable but many people opt for a full fishing seat.
Fishing seats generally come with rod holders incorporated into them. This means that you don’t have the hassle of drilling holes, attaching rod holders and resealing your kayak just to hold your rods in place. Fishing seats are also a great solution if you’re planning to fish while on holiday and need to rent a kayak there.
Surf and ocean kayaks also often require additional seat solutions and a gel-filled paddle saddle or a GTS seat with a high support back can be a good solution. Air support seats that slip over the existing seat and inflate as required are another good bet.
Kayak seats allow you to sit above the puddle of water that often accumulates in the seat recess of sit on top kayaks, keeping you warm and relatively dry. Some models also have a large pouch pocket which can be very convenient for holding odds and ends.
Choosing a seat
Most kayak seats come with a choice of tall or low backs and it’s a good idea to try several out in the shop and to get advice from trained staff before making your choice. You’ll get more support from a high back seat, so they’re a good idea for anyone with back problems or if you’re planning a long journey. For kayak touring where comfort is paramount on long distance trips, seat cushions and inflatable seat pads can also be a big help.
When buying kayak seats always check if you’ll need brass or plastic fittings. Older kayaks were fitted with plastic buckles behind the seat rest in order to securely attach a removable seat to the kayak and prevent it from sliding around. Most new ocean and fishing kayaks have strap eyes behind the seat recess. If you’ve got a newer kayak you’ll need to look for seats and back rests with brass clips in order to connect them securely. You can also buy an adaptor to convert plastic buckle fastenings to brass clips.
Expect to pay between $60 and $130 for a good kayak seat.