Standard kayaks have the choice of a High performance glass seat or a foam seat.
The high performance seat (standard since 1/3 2009) is slightly tilted forwards for a more positive and dynamic paddling position. It has been designed to improve the paddler's posture and in turn will help the paddler achieve a more efficient forward stroke.
Hip pads are provided and full foam pads are placed under the seat. These stick to the hull, come in different heights and will stop stones getting trapped between the seat and the hull.
The rear of the seat comes higher up supporting the paddler's lower back. The raised area also prevents the bottom being pinched between the back of the seat and the back rest.
The seat comes with a built in lower back support, but can also be supplied with an optional extra backrest. This allows both lower back support and a narrow back band so support can be given even if the paddler is leaning forward.
The High Performance glass seat comes in two widths. The narrower seat being suitable for the small or slimmer paddler size 8-10 down in UK female sizes (US: size 6-8. Europe: size 36-38), and approx 30″ waist in male sizes (US and Europe: size small).
The wider seat for sizes above.
The wider seat will always be fitted unless a narrow seat or foam seat is specified.
As standard it comes set in the middle position and can be set 12 mm (½″) forward or backward by the paddler depending on their needs. In our factory it can also be set higher if required, at least 25 mm (1″). With a bit of drilling and by purchasing some extra pads from us, it can also be set higher by the paddler. The High performance seat is also available as a retro fit kit. This comes complete with all the fittings and instructions to fit into any of our boats.
The foam seats is ½ a cm lower than the glass seat making it more stable. It is also simpler and less likely to damage. It can be raised and tipped forward or back using padding placed under the seat.
The smaller, lighter kayaker will most often need the seat to be moved forward to stop the bow from being blown down wind.