The 10 Best Canoe Seats

This review has been updated 15 times since it was first published in October of 2016. There’s nothing more tranquil and relaxing than a nice, long trip paddling down the river — unless your canoe seats are hard and painful (or you start to hear ominous banjo music; but that’s a whole other issue). The models on this list can be used on top of your existing seat, helping to keep you comfy and content, no matter how long you stay out on the water. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the review

Editor's Choices
Top 10 Canoe Seats

10. Rio Gear Arm Chair

  • Folds up very compactly
  • Cannot be reclined
  • Armrests have almost no padding

9. Crazy Creek Pad

  • Inner foam doesn't absorb water
  • Also good for sporting events
  • Seems a bit overpriced

8. Crazy Creek III

  • Quick-release buckles
  • Rear storage pocket is small
  • Seat is a little narrow

7. Rio Gear My Pod

  • Reclines to four positions
  • Shoulder strap for carrying
  • Some may find the back too short

6. Crazy Creek Hex 2.0

  • High-density eva foam
  • Can lie flat and be used as a mat
  • Rolls up for compact transport

5. Soft Touch Stadium

  • Bottle holder in the armrest
  • Made with waterproof cloth
  • Fairly easy to clean

4. Mountaineering Explorer +XT

  • Made with closed- and open-cell foam
  • Extra-thick bottom cushion
  • Comfortable for extended sitting

3. Brawntide Wide

  • Handy phone pouch
  • Removable side pockets
  • Zippered rear storage area

2. Alps Mountaineering Weekender

  • Durable and affordably priced
  • Also great for use on bleachers
  • Lifetime limited warranty

1. GCI Outdoor SitBacker

  • Lumbar cushion for added support
  • Portage lock to keep it closed
  • Available in black or hunter green

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