If you are unsure of where to put your seat start in the middle and then adjust from there as you paddle your kayak. Don’t be afraid to change your seat position around, sometimes it takes a bit to find the best one for you. Also in your outfitting kit you’ll notice a plastic wedge with a bolt coming out the top. This is a seat raiser, used to help hold your legs into the thighbraces. To use it just lift the front of the seat up and slide it under the bottom, remembering to screw the yellow wingnut back onto the bolt.
I highly recommend trying this, it provides better control and comfort.
The creek seat, due to its sturdiness, takes just a bit more time to move. For this reason I usually paddle my Nomad or Mamba a bit before moving the seat (in other words make sure you need to before you do it). First you want to completely unscrew the bolt that connects the front of the seat to the center pillar (take care not to lose it the center wall cavity).
Second loosen but do not completely unscrew the bolts on the sides of the cockpit (these connect the seat to the boat).
Before moving the seat knock the bolts back down flush with the boat by hitting the top of your screwdriver with your palm.
Move the seat to the desired location, keeping in mind to line the front of the seat up with the pre-existing recessed nuts. Retighten and bolt everything. Backband
Start by unbuckling the straps that attach the back of the backband to the cockpit in order to allow the full range of movement while adjusting.
Next position the rachet system so that it’s near but not at the front of the teeth. Now reach behind the backband and pull on the plastic tabs on either side.
This will move the backband forward, stop when the backband is centered over the back of the seat.
At this point you can re-buckle the straps that attach the backband to the back of the cockpit. You don’t need to make these super tight, allow a little slack. Now sit in your boat and use the ratchets to move the backband forward into a comfortable position. You want the ratchet to be about half way down the teeth when you have the backband where you want it.
If its too far forward or back adjust on the back of the backband accordingly. All set, to get out just release the ratchets.
At this point you no longer have to use the adjustment behind the seat, you can get all the movement you need from the ratchets. Hippads
Loosen the straps that hold the hippad to the side of the seat. Tip: Don’t take them all the way out:)
Now pull the hippad off of the Velcro and add foam shims to the pocket on the back until you reach the desired thickness.
Re-velcro and pull the attachment strap tight. One note, as you re-velcro make sure that you locate the hippads high enough so that the bump on the front is on top of your thigh and in front of your hip. This will help keep your legs from falling asleep.
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Now you’re all set for some paddling adventures! Have fun, stay safe and see you on the rivers. Don’t forget if you’re having issues with any of your outfitting you can ask questions in the discussion area of the website.