Now that I'm back on the water again, I'm a lot more conscious and protective of my back. And to be honest, up until now, I simply threw a seat in my boat and hit the water. But when you consider that whether you paddle to a destination so you can wade, or whether you can't make ten strokes without stopping to cast, you're seated for most of your trip. It only stands to reason that your seat should be comfortable. However, it should also meet the needs of the type of paddling you do.