Best Sit-On Top Kayak Seat
Ok, so you’ve had your new kayak a while now. It’s great fun, and buying one was possibly one of the best ideas ever!
Kayak Seats: At A Glance
(These links will take you to Amazon)
But there’s a problem…
Every time you go out, you start getting pins and needles, then your legs begin to go numb. You get sore hips. All of a sudden kayaking isn’t as much fun. You’re no longer enjoying the freedom of paddling around and exploring new places...enjoying the clean fresh air.
Nope, instead your attention focuses on the negative effects of ‘sitting pain’, leg numbness and even lower back pain. You might not even be paddling as efficiently as you could be if you don’t have the correct kayak seat.
Well, the good news is that seats can be purchased individually from kayaks.
So today, we’re going to go through the best sit-on-top kayak seats (or ‘chairs’, if that makes you happier!) on the market today. There are different kinds of seats for different kayaks, so it's important that you pick the right one for the job.
What Is A Kayak Seat? How Do They Work?
Well, there are different kinds of seats.
If you buy a kayak with seats included, then generally speaking, you will get one of two options.
1) The kayak will come with either just a single backrest. Sometimes you may also receive a separate pad to sit down on. These are normally shipped with the lower-priced budget kayaks.
2) A foldaway 'all-in-one' padded seat. This will protect both your back side (the boney parts) and provide support for the lumbar area of your back.
Quite often, users who buy budget kayaks, complain of discomfort and pain from being seated, even for short periods. If you are still happy with the ‘yak but want the extra comfort, then a better quality seat may be the way to go. And if you don’t even have any kind of seat or padding, we recommend you at least go out and get a seat cushion/pad.
Just make sure there are attachments on your kayak to allow the straps of any seat to attach onto your kayak!
Do Sit-On-Top Seats Work With Sit-In Kayaks Or Paddle Boards?
Some of the sit-on-top seats are versatile enough to work on different types of kayaks and even SUPs. Yeah, we know it’s “Stand Up” Paddle Boarding, but hey, sometimes it’s nice to transform your board into a ‘kayak’. Ok, not exactly the most durable and manoeuvrable ‘kayak’, but you get where we’re coming from…
Regardless, if there are attachments available near a given seating area, you could be in luck!
Should I Upgrade My Kayak Seat, Pad or Cushion?
Like we said before, if you become uncomfortable very quickly, or you feel you just don’t have full control of the kayak, then it is perhaps worth considering upgrading your kayak seat.
And, if you don’t have a seat or have a seat with poor padding, then actually, a purchase/upgrade is probably going to make sense if kayaking is something you are going to start taking more seriously!
Top 5 Best Sit-On-Top Kayak Seats
Here, we are focusing only on seats, not pads. All these seats use straps to help keep them in place while paddling.
If you are unsure whether or not these kayak seats fit your kayak, we recommend you contact the manufacturer of your kayak for confirmation. Or alternatively, head down to your local paddling store.
1: Pactrade Marine Adjustable Padded Deluxe Kayak Seat
- Adjustable Front and Rear Straps
- 4 Copper Hooks
- Made from Neoprene + 600D Polyester
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
A padded adjustable seat suitable for most sit-on-top kayaks.
This kayak seat has 4 straps in total. Two for the rear and two for the front. Each one clips (with a copper hook) onto the kayak. The straps adjust, hence the universal fit.
It has a non-slip surface to help keep you in place when paddling strongly.
This lightweight seat also comes with a carry bag to store other items.
2: Ocean Kayak Comfort Plus Seat Back
- 4 Adjustable Front and Rear Straps
- Ventilation system
- Weight: Around 2 pounds
Although this seat comes from Ocean, and is suitable for Ocean kayaks, it can be used for a lot of other kayak brands.
Another padded seat with 4 straps (adjustable). The seat is UV protected to help against ageing from the sun’s rays. The Ocean logos are reflective, helping to increase your visibility when a light shines on you when it becomes dark.
The seat is also ventilated to help combat sweat and it’s higher back helps boost comfort.
3: Kerco Angler-x Sit on Top Kayak Seat (inc Back Pack Extra Thick Seat Pad)
- 1.5" Thick Cushion
- 4 Adjustable Straps with Brass Clips
- Weight: 4 pounds
This adjustable seat comes with extra thick padding and an anti-slip bottom to help keep you in place. You might want to add more padding at the bottom if paddling for more than a couple of hours though.
This nylon seat comes with 4 straps (you can see a pattern here!) and clips to hold you in place.
The seat can be used in kayaks or paddle boards, as long as there are fastenings on the kayak or board to clip the Angler-x seat into place.
Comes with a detachable zipped pack.
4: Leader Accessories Deluxe Kayak Seat Boat Seat
- 4 Adjustable Straps
- Marine Grade Brass Clips/Snaps
- Adjustable Webbing
- Material: Molded Foam
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
Another ‘4 strap’ adjustable kayak seat, designed to be tightened to your liking and body shape.
Can be folded up for portability. Is well supported and should fit most kayaks out there.
Comes in black/gray and black/gray colors.
5: Surf To Summit GTS Sport Sit-On-Top Kayak Seat
- 4 straps (Adjustable)
- Material EVA foam & PVA foam combination
- 12 inch tall back
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
The four straps adjust and clip onto the kayak with brass snap attachment clips. Designed for sit-on-top ‘yaks, but will fit a lot of sit-in kayaks as well.
There’s a built in pack at the rear that you can store essentials in, which is very useful.
The thermoformed foam panels provide extra comfort and back support.
We hope this guide to kayak sit-on-top seats was useful. Share if you think it’ll be useful for other too!
Over to you….have you got one of these seats? If so, what do you think? Can you recommend any others?