The 10 Best Kayak Seats

This review has been updated 9 times since it was first published in February of 2019. Paddling around all day in a kayak is extremely beneficial, as it gets you out in the fresh air, builds upper-body strength, and improves cardiovascular health. However, none of those benefits will feel good if you’re hunched over from crippling back pain. These seats offer plenty of comfort and support, so you can spend more time on the water and less in your chiropractor’s office. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the review.

Editor's Choices
Top 10 2 Person Kayaks

10. Skwoosh High Back

  • Sturdy double-battened back
  • Durable fabric and stitching
  • Not comfortable for all-day use

9. Sea Eagle SEC

  • Good budget option
  • Nice choice for kids
  • Requires special pump to inflate

8. OceanMotion Ergo-Fit

  • Includes detachable storage bag
  • Comfortable neoprene cover
  • Intended for sit-on-top models only

7. Surf to Summit Mild

  • Encourages slightly forward posture
  • Ideal for calm-water touring
  • Can't reposition after installation

6. Skwoosh Classic

  • Filled with pressure-relieving gel
  • Conforms to various body shapes
  • Overpriced for a simple cushion

5. Sea Eagle Deluxe

  • Simple to blow up
  • Takes up little room when deflated
  • Lightweight and easy to carry

4. Surf to Summit Performance Band

  • Fabric permanently bonded to foam
  • Hooks on with ez-clips
  • Good for younger users

3. Yakpads Cushioned Highback

  • Adjustable stabilizer straps
  • Good for lessening tailbone pain
  • Compatible with hard molded seats

2. Surf to Summit GTS Sport

  • Perfect for fishing
  • Perfect for fishing
  • Rear sewn-in cargo pack

1. Brooklyn BKC Professional

  • Plenty of lumbar support
  • Plenty of lumbar support
  • Adjustable angle

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