Best Kayak Seat of 2018 & Buying Guide

If you have a kayak already but cannot imagine yourself being able to sit in it for over an hour, then you might want to get a different seat. A different kayak seat can mean hours on the water without having to get out.

It can mean hours on the water without even realizing it has been hours. Plus, some people are just more sensitive back there so they require a nice seat. If you are one of those people then this is the article for you.

In this article, we are going through each feature on a kayak seat and reviewing the top five seats available. In this article, we will tell you what makes a good kayak seat and some of the things you should consider. Then, we’ll show you the top five available kayak seats and some of their pros and cons.

Buyer’s Guide:

Why might you need to replace your current kayak seat?

One of the benefits of having a great kayak seat is having a seat that will provide the back support you need. If you have a proper seat then you’ll probably be able to last longer in the water. You’ll also have a better form with a correct seat.

This usually leads to muscles that are not as sore the next day, which allows you to get back on the water without being incredibly sore. Always a plus.

Ocean Kayak Comfort Tech Seat Back

Ocean Kayak Comfort Tech Seat Back

Should I get a super padded seat?

Leader Accessories Deluxe Kayak Seat

Leader Accessories Deluxe Kayak Seat

This is one of the first things you should look for in a kayak seat. You will usually get a feel for what type of seat it is for by the name and look of it. But first you have to figure out why you are buying a new seat.

Do you enjoy fishing from the kayak and just want something more comfortable? Do you like to go fast and ride some rougher rivers? Then you may want to get a seat that helps form and focuses less on the comfort of the seat. 

If you are sitting in your kayak for a long time then go with a seat with more cushion. If you are focused on the sport of kayaking then go for a sleek looking seat because that will be the one that helps form.

What should the seat be made of?

What types of seat cushions are there?

Sit-on-Top Deluxe Cushioned Kayak Seat

Sit-on-Top Deluxe Cushioned Kayak Seat

There are two main types of seat cushions to choose from. The first is a strap seat that clamps to the boat. This is the most popular type of seat cushions. The other type is an adhesive type that you basically paste to the kayak.

There are different varieties of these two so it can get pretty complicated. There are pros and cons to all of these but do not worry. We will be covering these in detail with the reviews.

Does it matter what kind of kayak I have?

Most definitely! You can’t forget what type of kayak you have because that makes all the difference. Some seats will not work with other kayaks. It is easy to fall in love with a seat and want only that one but you have to make sure it fits with your particular kayak or the one you are thinking about buying.

Just make sure to measure your seat so you can match the descriptions and requirements of the new seat you are thinking about.

Crack of Dawn Baja Seatback

Crack of Dawn Baja Seatback

Best Kayak Seat Reviews

1. Pactrade Marine Adjustable Kayak Seat Review

The Pactrade Marine is the first seat we are checking out in this article. This is one of the most popular added seats and many people love it. It has adjustable front and rear straps. It has a non-slip contoured padded slip surface. The detachable back bag helps store even more in your kayak. 

Pactrade Marine Adjustable Kayak Seat is suitable for most kayaks. You will definitely get a more comfortable experience with this seat. It has four cooper hooks to help keep it extra secure. This is also an extremely rugged piece that can be used several times a week for years if taken care properly.

Pros

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    Adjustable front and rear straps
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    Non-slip surface
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    Detachable back pack/bag
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    Made from neoprene+600D polyester
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    This has four cooper hooks to make sure it never moves once you have placed it
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    The bottom is extremely comfortable

Cons

  • The back could be a little firmer

This is a nice little sit that will last a long time. It is fairly inexpensive so that is always a huge plus. If you are buying a seat solely to support your back then maybe you should wait for the next few reviews because that is where this seat falls just a little bit short. But the bottom cushion is extremely comfortable and lets you be in the water for hours without a problem.

2. Leader Accessories Deluxe Kayak Seat Review

Pros

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    Marine grade solid brass
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    Two straps in front, two straps in year to help make it as secure as possible
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    Totally supports your bottom and back
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    Easily move around to do some intense moving and paddling

Cons

  • May have to do some own customizing on your own

This is a great little seat. It looks amazing and very sporty. It’s comfortable and made for the person who likes to do a lot of moving while in their kayak. The four marine grade straps are great and usually help keep the seat super comfortable. You may have to use a strap in a weird way or have an extra one for your kayak. If you absolutely do not want to do any of your own changing and customizing to get your seat to fit, then you may want to check out a different one, but people who kayak are usually good with their hands, so you will probably be fine.

3. Sit-on-Top Deluxe Cushioned Kayak Review

This Sit-on-Top seat is a comfy seat to go on your kayak. It has an extra storage detachable bag that is waterproof to help keep some of your belongings dry. It has extra back support and comfort to make sure you can stay out fishing for a long time.

The seat is UV protected to help keep the life in your seat so you can use it for a long time without it being damaged.  The backrest is 24 inches tall so it is perfect for taller people.

Pros

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    Very tall backrest to help support you more than the normal seat
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    Four adjustable straps to fit most sit-on-top kayaks
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    Storage pouch for wax coated water resistance
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    The adjustable straps make it so anyone can be comfortable, you just have to adjust the straps in the right way
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    Inexpensive

Cons

  • The fabric is OK. The fabric with the seat is not entirely bad, but in some parts it can be a little weak. If you are using this for fishing you should be fine

This is a great piece for someone who is focusing on the back support. Especially if you are a fisher, this is the seat for you. It comes with a convenient bag to hold some of your fishing supplies in. It fits on most kayaks

4. Ocean Kayak Comfort Tech Seat Back Review

Pros

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    The back is 16 inches, so it goes really high on the average person’s back
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    It has side support to help keep you even more supported than the average seat
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    UV resistant material
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    Brass swivel buckles for attachment
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    Reflective logos
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    Built-in ventilation system

Cons

  • The side supports are comfortable but they can restrict you just a little bit

This is a great fishing seat, or just cruising seat. The Ocean Kayak Comfort Tech Seat is truly a great seat. The side supports are really unique compared to the other seats and adds to the comfort a lot. If comfort is at the top of your list then you may want to get this seat.

5. Crack of Dawn Baja Seatback Review

We decided to include this one because not everyone will want an entire seat. Some people may find the seat they are using to be pretty comfortable, but they may want a different backrest.

This keeps things simple by only having a couple of straps, but it is still secure since it is only the backrest. Another reason you might only want a backrest and not a full seat is this is usually at a lower cost than a full seat, which may be a factor when deciding kayak seats.

Pros

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    Low cost alternative to a full seat
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    Comfortable backrest
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    Easily fit into almost any size kayak
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    Simple product and easy to use

Cons

  • Not a full seat so if you do not find your seat right now comfortable that will not change
  • The back support doesn’t cover your whole back so it will not support you like some of the other seats

This is a nice little backrest. If you just got a kayak and already spent a decent amount of money then you probably do not want to spend much more. If your back is hurting then this might be the right piece for you. It easily attaches to your kayak and will fit most of them. This could be the perfect product depending on what you are using it for. Plus, it does not break the bank if you want to test this out first and end up getting a full-on seat.

To Conclude:

Hopefully after reading this article you feel like you have a good grasp on what makes a seat good for a particular situation. We talked about the features of the seat and there may have been more than you were thinking, seats can be complex. You should read the buyer’s guide and try to figure out why exactly you are buying a seat. It may seem obvious but you should really think about it because there are different pros and cons to all of these seats.  Next you have hopefully read the reviews and looked for the reasons why you want to buy a seat, and hopefully you found the best one for you! The ones listed are all great and could be ideal depending on the situation.