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Use this on a 9 day trip canoeing from lake to lake across Isle Royale and every canoeing trip after. It is adjustable so you can lean way back and put your feet up if just drifting along, or angled to give you support when digging in deep fighting to make headway upstream/against a stiff wind. IT was a HUGE help when fishing. It gave you support when casting or pulling in the "big one". The seat STAYS where you adjust it. The split seat design allows it to conform to the plastic molded seats or lay flat on the custom plywood seats I made for a canoe that had none. The cushion kept my butt from getting sore and it allowed me to fish for hours longer then some of my friends. The heavy straps and buckles that attach it to (around) the seat can be made to fit almost every seat I’ve seen and have never unbuckled unless I wanted it to. It’s "stay closed" strap held the seat up and out of the way during portages and while on the canoe rack traveling hundreds of miles down the road. I even use the seat while doing "white water" canoeing. It has given me the support I needed to lean back (to rudder) make some fast steering and only has hindered forward travel when we were forced along a bank with over-hanging trees (which snagged on it). A "MUST BUY" for anyone who owns a canoe! Check it out!
The SitBacker canoe seat is designed to fasten to canoe benches by simply clicking the sturdy dual buckle strap system. Patented single buckle BackComfort Technology adjusts the backrest position for customized reclining while a lumbar cushion provides maximum comfort. Patented Auto-Fold Technology with Portage Lock shoulder strap allows for easy opening, closing and carrying. The split contour seat is ideal for both molded and flat canoe benches. The SitBacker canoe seat is constructed of sturdy, powder-coated steel and 600 denier polyester. It features a cushiony 16” x 16” pad and storage pocket. The SitBacker canoe seat weighs only 3 lbs yet supports up to 250 lbs. Measures 11” x 16.5” x 18” when open. Folds to 16.5” x 16.5” x 5.5”. The SitBacker canoe seat is ideal for canoeing but can also be used for watching sports, camping and picnicking.
GCI Outdoor SitBacker Canoe Seat Review
Bought these for a week long canoe trip to swamp base in Louisiana for Boy Scouts. Almost 62 miles long. Halfway through the trip the seat pads were splitting. They held up but won’t handle another big trip. Our party had several of these seats on the trek and this was a common issue. It didn’t seam to matter how heavy the person was but the foam seat did compress depending on weight. One person in our group did break the hinge but was able to lash it together. Also you can expect the fabric will rub on the gunnels or cross members and break through. Someone did find a seat from bass pro that held up great. This seat served the purpose but was hoping it to be more durable. I hope this is helpful. -Read Reviews-
High quality, field tested travel chairs
Made using the highest quality materials
Easy folding and transport
Patented Back Comfort Technology for customized reclining
Patented single buckle Auto-Fold Technology with Portage Lock shoulder strap for easy folding and carrying
Dual buckle bench attachment and storage pocket
Supports 250 lbs yet weighs only 3 lbs
Measures 11 x 16.5 x 18 when open and folds to 16.5 x 16.5 x 5.5
Let me start out by saying I’m not the type of person who says that a product is either awesome or sucks. I tend to be realistic about my evaluations, and most of the stuff I buy (whether on Amazon or at other places) gets three stars. Furthermore, I don’t evaluate most of the stuff I buy, because it’s just not worth my time. But with that said. ..I’ve been an avid canoer/kayaker for about 20 years. I’ve paddled the Boundary Waters, multi-day downriver trips in several states, and whitewater in Wisconsin. One thing that always sucked was sitting on a bench seat in a canoe. That came to a happy ending with the purchase of this seat. I specifically bought this seat for a homemade plywood and fiberglass canoe. I custom-fit the seats based on the dimensions of this seat. My teenage daughter and I paddled downriver for several hours, and I can’t say enough good stuff about this seat. I’ve never had such a comfortable ride down the river. Once the run was over, I just used the portage strap and popped the boat back on my truck. I didn’t even remove the seat until the trip was finished. The ONLY downside I could possibly come up with is that it may be a bit flimsy for heavier paddlers. I have a friend who is about 300 lbs, and he was pushing the limits of what the seat could hold.