Older model SOT kayaks all had molded plastic “footboards”. These were as sturdy as the kayak itself, allowing proper paddling technique with a driving stroke-side leg which initiates the hip rotation for torso power. All it required was adjusting the seat position to get the correct leg extension for full-contact paddling. (and a good set of thigh straps)
All of the newer SOT kayaks have cheapo “adjustable footboards” that aren’t functional footboards at all… they are foot RESTS, nothing more. They are inexpensive pegs mounted on a floppy, inexpensive plastic rail. This is true of even the best SOT kayaks… Jackson, Old Town, Perception, Wilderness, Ocean… A driven stroke-side leg on these fake boards would tear it off the side wall.
My Question: There are plenty of study aluminum rail systems with a double row of anchors (Example: http://scotty.com/product/no-340-track-adaptor-copy-copy/ ). It should be easy to remove the floppy cheap OEM system and upgrade it. Does anyone make an equally sturdy footrest for these replacement rail systems?