Newer kayak models have newer, more advanced parts… I know, I’m stating the obvious here. But while that’s true, you don’t necessarily need to buy a completely new kayak if you feel like you’re lacking in a certain department.

Considering that sit-on-top kayaking (and kayak fishing) requires a lot of sitting, it makes sense that your kayak seat is an important accessory. So go ahead and customize it to your liking! Go big. Your back and backside will thank you.  Kayak seat comfort comes from two main features: the height of the chair (opt for a high back) and the amount of cushioning. We’ve got plenty of options that can fit most sit-on-top kayaks.

Kayak seat comfort comes from two main features: the height of the chair (opt for a high back) and the amount of cushioning.

Here’s a look at our selection:

The Budget Pick: ACKcessories Basic Kayak Seat

Do you know we carry our own line of ACKcessories? Now you do! This seat is a no-frills option that fits most sit-on-top kayaks, reinforced with fiberglass to keep its shape.

The Extra (Lumbar) Support Picks: Comfy Deluxe Big Back Kayak Seat or Skwoosh High Back Seat with Lumbar Support

Comfy Deluxe Big Back Seat


Skwoosh High Back Seat with Lumbar Support

“Lumbar” simply refers to the area of the back around your lower spine. The defining feature of both of these seats is the high back and adjustable lumbar bar, aka more back support. Both also have extra handy features like a zippered pocket, and the Comfy Deluxe (another of our own accessory brands) has two water bottle holders. The Skwoosh (as the name hints) also has a squishy seat, making it an all-around ideal option for long paddles.

The Next-Level Comfort Pick: Surf to Summit GTS Expedition High Back Seat

This seat has serious foam padding throughout, making it one of the most comfortable, universal seats on the market. Something to note: Comfort doesn’t mean “soft.” The extra padding isn’t going to cause you to sink into the seat; instead, it’s firm and durable, which is good for your posture during a long day of paddling or fishing.

The Angler Pick: Cloud 10 Gear High Back Sportsman Sit-On-Top Seat Cushion

This seat’s material is premium quality; it’s sun-proof, water-permeable and air-flow friendly, meaning it’ll keep you cool throughout the day. But what makes it an “angler pick” is the mesh pocket (for your gear) and the two deep rod holders.

We’ve also got brand-specific kayak seats (i.e. Hobie, Wildnerness Systems, etc.); head over here for our entire inventory or filter by the brand you’re looking for on the left sidebar.

(P.S. We’ve got canoe seats, too.)

Not looking to part ways with your seat for a comfier replacement?

If you’re already happy with your seat but think it could use extra cushioning, consider supplementing with a seat pad like the Cloud 10 Gear Seat Cushion. Just looking for extra support for your sore back? We feel you. Invest in a back band.

As you can see, there are boundless opportunities to reach your maximum comfort level on the water. As always, if you have any questions about the products we mentioned or one that we didn’t include in this post, hit us up in the comments. 🙂