The pad itself is foam with a removable ripstop nylon cover, convenient for cleaning. The pad was firm enough to be supportive get had just enough give to alleviate pressure points. The pad was thick enough to do the job without noticeably raising the paddler's center of gravity.The cover had enough texture to grip wet nylon shorts so there was no uncomfortable slipping and sliding like I've experienced in the unpadded, molded plastic seats Old Town uses.
I have struggled with lower back pain for years and a seat can make or break an experience for me. This pad did an admirable job of keeping me comfortable while being unobtrusive. If I spent more time paddling a canoe instead of SOT kayaks I would probably buy my own.