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#12751219 - 05/10/18 10:07 PM Kayak seats
jippedgenes Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 08/12/11
Posts: 781
I have a crappy ole ocean kayak caper I have had a few years I got for peanuts off craigslist. I would love a new one but remodeling the house and I like my man parts attached where they are so "no new kayak" is what my wife and potential man junk removal specialist said.

I went out Sunday and after 4 hours my back was FUBAR with the original seat. I tried a piece of 3/4" camping mat under it but it still hurts me. I thought about using drywall screws to put a solid stadium seat in it, or buying a couple of those garden kneeler foam things and cutting them to fit. I certainly do not mind getting up a little higher.

Any suggestions? Cheap seat or DIY that I can enjoy being on the water and not worrying about the 3 days of back pain to come?

Yes, I did catch a couple of dinks and yes, I had a great time, but started feeling better yesterday.

#12751236 - 05/10/18 10:31 PM Re: Kayak seats [Re: jippedgenes]
Jimbo Offline
TFF Guru

Registered: 01/18/03
Posts: 16034
Loc: South Texas
The second kayak I owned was a OC Caper.
It's not a speed demon, and it's a fairly stable one.
The seat issue can be improved by using about a 3" foam cushion.
If you go over that height you risk doing the turtle thing.
I used to sit side saddle on mine when my back started hurting, or just pull up on the bank and stretch your legs for a while.
Just one more cast!

#12751281 - 05/11/18 12:49 AM Re: Kayak seats [Re: jippedgenes]
lconn4 Online   content
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 12/02/12
Posts: 9195
Loc: Cherokee County
I feel your pain. roflmao Went through the same same thing when I bought my first kayak seat. It was very similar to the one that came stock with the OK Caper... low back seat, very little back support and adjustment, and no padding for your butt.

One thing that might help without spending any money, would be to make sure your seat's position is correct (for you) so that you are perfectly fitted to the molded in foot wells of your OK kayak with knees slightly bent. By tightening both straps it will move you closer or by loosening the straps, will move you slightly further back, depending on what feels best to you with feet in preferred slot. By pulling on both straps at the same time while seated, make absolutely sure what support you do have is perfectly square. Once had strap on one side loosen and it had me slightly tilted to one side and though I didn't notice the difference right away, I had a back problem big time the next day. Another cheap way to get much more comfortable is to get a self inflating seat pad (cheap, adjustable during the day and much better than a solid foam seat pad in my opinion) . Lastly and the most dramatic change in comfort level would be by biting the bullet and getting the Surf to Summit Expedition seat.

I can go 10 hour days on water without getting out of kayak to stretch, easy, and have had some 14 to 18 hour days on the water without back discomfort.

PS.. the only way to get more comfortable is to get a self inflating pfd as the straps on your back don't cause problems like some of the foam filled pfds do.
A good rule of angling philosphy is not to interfere with another fisherman's ways of being happy, unless you want to be hated.

Zane Grey, Tales of Fishes, 1919

#12751335 - 05/11/18 06:29 AM Re: Kayak seats [Re: jippedgenes]
Tallgrass05 Online   content
bill maher's protege

Registered: 03/02/05
Posts: 42236
Loc: Kansas
Surf to Summit GTS Expedition high back seat.

#12751410 - 05/11/18 07:46 AM Re: Kayak seats [Re: jippedgenes]
RealBigReel Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/31/06
Posts: 1269
Loc: Stephenville, TX
I use a ThermaRest inflatable.
My kayak STRIPER2. I don't go too fast but I go pretty far.

#12756988 - 05/15/18 08:06 PM Re: Kayak seats [Re: jippedgenes]
jippedgenes Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 08/12/11
Posts: 781
Thanks fellas, I will check out the Surf to Summit and the thermarest as well as just a big pad.


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