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Backrest

by Ocean Kayak

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My back was broken in a car accident and sitting is uncomfortable…

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My back was broken in a car accident and sitting is uncomfortable for me. Without a seat I wouldn't be able to use any kayak.

This is the best kayak seat I've used so far. It fits my 12.5 foot Cobra sit-on-top perfectly and it adjusts easily. The cushion is just the right thickness although I wish it were a tad wider. I like it so well I bought one for each seat in both my kayaks (4).

Pros: it's lightweight, sturdy, looks good, comfy and keeps me in the kayak. Cons: it could be a little wider in the seat, thus the rating of 9 versus a perfect 10. I would have rated it 9.5 but that wasn't an option.

My Ocean Kayak Scrambler XT Angler came with Ocean Kayak's comfort plus…

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My Ocean Kayak Scrambler XT Angler came with Ocean Kayak's comfort plus seat. I got both used and the seat was ripped on the seam where the support column is. To be honest it's sort of a bad design as the support is pushing up against a seam rather than against the webbing. Other than that the seat is not very comfortable. The back rest is almost high enough but that's about all it has going for it. No padding whatsoever and is pretty uncomfortable after an hour or 2. Pretty much needs to be replaced unless you're 12 and can sit on nails and not be uncomfortable. I've replaced it with the seat you see on amazon for about $50 bucks. Night and day in terms of comfort on my boat.

I own the Ocean Kayak Comfort Pro Backrest. I would recommend…

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I own the Ocean Kayak Comfort Pro Backrest. I would recommend it for a Ocean Frenzy. It gives the right support and it is light and not bulky. It stays in place. As I find with all Ocean products, it is made very well. A definite good value! I give this backrest 5 stars!

Ocean Kayak Comfort Seat: Lists for $89.95 at Ocean Kayak web site…

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Ocean Kayak Comfort Seat: Lists for $89.95 at Ocean Kayak web site. According to Ocean Kayak, "A cushy backrest with cushioned seat pad for comfort and a drier ride. Durable foam-injected design provides sturdy support." This statement is accurate, but is not nearly the whole story.

My experience is that this seat totally transformed my experience of paddling a sit-on-top (SOT) kayak. I normally paddle a high-performance, sit-in, sea kayak, and I dislike paddling SOTs and do not own one since they are so uncomfortable for me to paddle. For some reason, even when pushing hard on the heel stops built into a SOT, my butt slides forward when paddling the kayak, which results in an extreme reclining position so that I cannot use torso rotation, which is very painful to my lower back and extremely exhausting (I become exhausted partly from the pain). However, when I visited Lake Tahoe last summer a SOT was the only kind available to rent, but all of the SOTs had the Ocean Kayak Comfort Seat installed. I was dubious, but rented one anyway. What a transformation! While the 11-ft by 32-inch kayak itself was somewhat of a barge, and weathercocked badly, I stayed in place and could use my normal torso rotation, and did not get unnaturally exhausted. Although I do not own a SOT, I plan to buy a Comfort Seat to take along when I run into SOT kayak rentals. I cannot think of any reason not to rate this item a "10".

I have both the Therapeutic Support and Comfort models. The Theraputic Support…

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I have both the Therapeutic Support and Comfort models. The Theraputic Support ($48)is a just a sheet of hard plastic with straps but it improves comfort tremendously and supports my back very well. The Comfort model ($30 is a similar design but in a moderately stiff plastic coated closed cell foam. Doesn't provide quite the support of the Theraputic but allows me to lean back and lift my bow while surfing. I found that adding straps to the bottom and top made this one stay in place much better than with the manufacturers strap configuration. I have used the Hi-Tech ($90) and found the support to be poor and the seat padding unnecessary (I wear a wetsuit.) The Basic model ($42) provides almost no support and won't stay in place.