My Pygmy Coho had no pad for the plastic backband when I got it. I’ve rigged up a simple piece of yellow foam that works fine (first photo) but might like a nicer padded sleeve that slides over the backband. My 2002 Seaward Luna Grande has a sleeve like that (second photo). Seaward doesn’t appear to sell that sleeve as a replacement part anymore, and I’ve searched Topkayaker and Austin Kayak and didn’t see anything similar. Does anyone know of a source for such a backband cover?
I put in a ww band with cam buckles in a sea kayak with a slanted bulkhead behind the seat. Anytime I leaned back the cam buckles would contact the bulkhead and release.
I’d go with just straight up straps next time around.
The hard plastic seat band that Pygmy provided with my Murrelet kit made no sense. It stood inches above the low Greenland back deck and made it difficult to get my spray skirt on. I tried cutting the band down but it was just annoying.
The hard plastic backrest fits pretty well in my Coho without extending above the deck, but the CLC backband would be nice too. I notice the CLC backband shows a couple of bungee cords in the back that are meant to help hold it up. Can the length of those bungee cords be adjusted? Thanks.
Absolutely. I have mine pulled pretty tightly so the seat back won’t flip under me during rescue re-enters. The bungees also provide an attachment point if you want to put a dry bag with a first aid kit or your lunch behind your seat.
CLC is a great company and a lifesaver while I was doing the finish work on my Pygmy. It didn’t bother them one whit that I was building a competitor’s kayak - totally generous with advice. They have a fabulous selection of tools, gear and supplies. The Bonsai draw knife was my go-to tool for cutting the hatches. I’m lucky I’m only 2 hours away!
Just FYI, you can carve the foam on the Happy Bottom pad if needed. I used a sharp knife, hacksaw blade and a rasp. I also used contact cement to glue some stiffer foam to catch on the uprights next to the cockpit. But note that mine had air bubbles inside the “wings” - not an issue unless you happen to carve the seat in an unfortunate spot. I don’t have a good photo of the air bubbles, but I circled the best view I have.
I realized I had never updated this one. Replaced the factory seat and backband with the happy bottom seat and Wilderness System backband. It’s much improved in my opinion and I’m well pleased with the seat. Factory on left, modified on the right.