I have flat webbed and nolded tractor.
– Last Updated: Nov-04-05 1:59 PM EST –
Most of my solo & tandem canoes have had tractor style seats. The Wenonah Solo Plus that I got last year has webbed seats.
The flat webbed seats are comfortable enough, but to this point, I prefer the molded tractor style seats more. They seem more comfortable to me than the webbed seats.
In the solo canoes, I like the firm seating position I have with the molded seats - my butt won't slide from one side to the other. Some folks like to be able to move side to side, so they prefer flat seats.
The tractor style seats in my Wenonah Echo, Sawyer 190, Sawyer Summersong and Moore Ladybug canoes were/are much roomier than the tractor style seat in my Mad River Slipper solo canoe - it took a while to get used to because of the depth of the molding on the seat. When I first got it, I thought that maybe it was a special youth model seat or something. Now I like it because I stay firmly in place when leaning the boat. The seat in the Slipper is mounted in such a way that the front can be lowered for more comfortable kneeling and the feet easily fit along the side.
So far, I prefer the molded seats. There can be a great variation in the shape of the molded seats from different manufacturers and maybe even within a particular manufacturer.