How To Install A Seat In A Kayak

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Written by David Myers

June 6, 2020
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Installing a kayak seat is one of the easier things to do when you are outfitting and customizing your kayak. It’s important that it’s done right to make sure your seat is comfortable. Of course, that does not mean it cannot feel a little daunting if you are outfitting your kayak for the first time. Fortunately, you can count on this comprehensive guide for seat installation.

What Do I Pay Extra Attention To When Installing A Kayak Seat?

Even though you will always have a manual to follow, there are some additional things you need to think about that are not necessarily mentioned seat installation manuals. One of those things is the location of your seat.

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Avid kayakers usually have a preferred location for the seat as well as the accompanying straps. While you have some freedom when it comes down to choosing the location, the type of kayak you have can rule out some of the options. 

Once you decide the location, grab the seat, and situate the fold of the seat right up to the back of the seat area. Next, attach the matching clips to the accompanying accessories on your kayak. Once attached, you can adjust the straps until it meets your personal preferences.

After installing your seat, it is always a good idea to check the shape of the backrest. Seats that are probably installed usually have a slight curve to them, so always look for this curve if you are unsure about your seat installation.

How Can I Make My Seat As Comfortable As Possible?

There are a couple of things you can do to make your seat as comfortable as possible. Of course, this is important, as you will spend several hours on the seat. So, here are some of the things to check and adjust for maximum comfort. 

The right amount of support can be different for everyone. For example, some people with back problems need more support than those who do not experience such difficulties. For these people, it is a good idea to pay extra attention to the back tilt. This is also a feature that can adjusted while you are out and about. In fact, doing so can actually be beneficial for people who are more prone to backpain. 

If you have issues with your lower back, it is also advised to change the seat tilt in the hip area. To maximize comfort, try to tilt the seat so it extends with your lower back, this will make the seat more comfortable over longer periods of time and is less likely to cause nerve-related paint. 

There are some seats that do not allow much customization. If this is the case for the seat you have obtained, you can make some customizations by obtaining some suitable foam pads or other small accessories to make your seat more comfortable. The same applies for the height of your seat, as sitting higher usually makes you feel more comfortable. However, you cannot forget about stability either, so make sure you find that perfect combination of comfort and functionality.

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