Kayak Seats

Kayak Seats | The 5 Best Options for Kayak Seats

Featured Image Credit: Scott Beutjer Fishing

There’s nothing worse than heading out for a day on the water only to get a few hours in and have your back start screaming in pain. It’s a reality for many kayakers, especially kayak anglers. Luckily, kayak companies have spent countless hours developing some amazingly comfortable kayak seats. 

In no particular order, here’s my top 5.

Kayak Seats: Vantage Seat – Hobie

I’ll admit that I fish out of a Hobie Pro Angler so I’m a bit biased on this one but I can say without question that the Hobie Vantage Seat is one of the most comfortable kayak seats I’ve ever used. The Vantage seat allows kayakers to adjust the bottom and the backrest of the seat as well as built-in lumbar support. The seat is adjusted with some easy to use knobs. The height of the seat is built into the hull of the kayak which prevents the seat itself from needing to have that functionality built-in. 

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Compared to some other seats, the vantage is really simple but really good at what it does, support the people who sit in it. I’ve had some rough days on the water where I’ll let the seat back and catch some shut-eye, it’s even a great seat to nap in. 

Kayak Seats: AirPro Max – Wilderness Systems

The AirPro Max from Wilderness Systems is the first “lawn chair” style seat that I’ve ever used. I’ll never forget how tough it was for me to spend the money on a new kayak seat. The moment I sat down I instantly knew what I paid for, and easily would have paid double. 

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Not only did this seat retrofit my three-year-old kayak but it allowed me to double my time on the water, it’s that comfortable. The seat is super adjustable and very easily be adjusted to different positions.

Kayak Seats: HiRise Kayaking Seating System – Bonafide

Bonafide is one of the newest kayak companies in the game but they’ve wasted no time hitting some home runs with their products. A perfect example of this is their HiRise kayak seat

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This seat easily raises higher than most if not all other kayak seats and allows anglers a great vantage point for spotting fish. The HiRise seat is infinitely adjustable and can accommodate kayakers of all shapes and sizes.

Kayak Seats: High Hi-Lo Ergo Seat – Jackson Kayak

Jackson Kayaks is one of the first companies that ever saw use the “lawn-chair” style seat, ever since I first saw it I was completely interested. This was years ago when their main fishing kayak was the Coosa, I remember watching Drew Gregory do a 360 while on the kayak. Since that time, the Ergo seat design itself hasn’t changed much. 

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It seems like Jackson has focused on making upgrades and refinements to their seat rather than inventing new seats. This is by no means a criticism, quite the opposite. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. This seat will keep you on the water for hours in complete comfort. Jackson also offers Molle attachments for the back of the seat as well as a lumbar support pillow add on that inflates and attaches to the seat. You can’t go wrong with this option.

Kayak Seats: 360 Pinnacle Seat – Nucanoe

I have to admit, I’ve never used a 360 Pinnacle seat from Nucanoe but I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of being able to completely rotate in your kayak while not having to leave your seat. 

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Nucanoe boats tend to be really wide and stable, this seat is the perfect compliment to that style. Not only does this seat allow you to swivel a full 360-degrees but it’s elevated enough to allow you to find great fishing spots or even sight fish.

There are many other kayak seats out there from some really great companies. It’s a really great and comfortable time to be a kayaker looking at seating options!

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Adam Rourke


Adam Rourke is a bass angler with over 10 years of tournament fishing experience. About eight years ago, he shifted his focus to the sport of kayak bass fishing which led him qualifying for the Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship in 2018 and 2019.

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2 replies
  1. Mike Bell
    Mike Bell says:

    Really? No love for the Feel Free Lure’s Gravity seat? Three years ago, Southern Moon Outfitters took me on a 13 hour demo/fishing trip down the Savanna River Rapids. I had him order my Lure the next day. 10+ hours are normal trips for us and the seat/back support was my #1 reason for getting the Feel Free Lure/Gravity Seat set up. The Gravity is the most comfortable I’ve been in, but the new Bonafide is right up there with it judging from the latest demos I’ve done at Southern Moon Outfitters. And as SMO say’s DEMO DEMO DEMO!!!


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