Yakpads gel seats are designed to increasethe seat comfort of any kayak or canoe by incorporating an elastomer gel (same is as used in bicycle saddles) into the cushioning which virtually eliminate potential pressure points. As an added bonus, the seat pads insulate the paddler from the a hot seat. One of the most common complaints around kayaking is seat discomfort and most factory seat pads do little in the way of actually cushioning the paddler. Radically improve your experience on the water with a Yakpad gel seat.
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Provides just enough cushioning to the molded seat of my touring kayak. No-slip bottom works well. Has eliminated any thoughts of what I'm sitting on while I'm paddling. Have had really good luck with other Cascade Creek products (yakgrips), so went with this one and am pleased.
Cascade Creek YakPads are a must for any kayaker who plans to paddle for more than an hour in training or recreation. The visco-elastic padding allows for a comfortable skin-seat interface that does not bind or crease the skin, even when wet. It disperses loading forces more evenly so that the important sciatic nerve is not compromised against a hard surface resulting in numb/tingling feet and lower limbs.
The pouch holds everything I need it to (sunglasses, four fly reels/spools, headlamp) with room left over; it not only has two water bottle holders with elastic straps to keep the bottles in, but two bottles were supplied.
On to the seat itself. Besides being very comfortable on my seat bones ("What seat bones?" I wondered as I paddled back hours later ... ), it also holds my body heat. The first time I was out with the Paddle Saddle, I reflected that my feet were a bit chilled, and then I noticed that my butt was a very comfortable temperature.
The mesh back of the seat doesn't hold heat -- a real plus in warm weather. The sides of the seat hug my hips securely without chafing, and the Paddle Saddle, once placed, does not scoot or slide AT ALL -- welcome features that make me and my SOT that much more unified.
I was able to adjust the back support just right -- no more aching back! -- and it fit just under my PFD instead of pushing it up or creating a non-supporting space in the lumbar area like other seats I've tried to date.
Both the Paddle Saddle and back pouch appear to have high-quality workmanship and materials. My only quibble is that the excess front adjustment straps end up next to the snap. As a flyfisher, I'd prefer the excess hung close to the seat back instead, more out of the way of flyline on the boat deck, but for just paddling it hasn't been a problem. Because Yakpads was not trying to create a fishing-specific seat, I have to give it a 10 because as a SOT paddling seat, it IS a 10!