About a month ago, I was fortunate enough to pick up a brand new Hobie Pro Angler 12 from Austin Canoe and Kayak (Burnet Rd. store). I decided to give it a very in depth review and in this section focus on the features of the seat. You can find what I had to say about the other features of the kayak, some basic first installations and, of course, how it fished.
The seat in the PA 12 is extremely comfortable and has several adjustment points. The front legs sit inside of a couple of cleats that keep it in place.
The back of the seat has two sitting heights. The low position, where the back of the chair sits back in the groove of the boat, pictured left, and the elevated position, pictured right.
The seat position can be easily be adjusted by simply leaning forward and pulling the tether marked “seat”. This will adjust the high position seat holder out of the way so that the seat can be lowered with ease.
The other main adjustable features of this seat include the lower back support which can be increased or decreased by a twist of this knob.
The seat also lifts up to provide more standing space. As you can see the cord for the thigh adjustment is still in place. This can be removed by simply unhooking the cord from the left side of the seat. Just don’t forget to put it back when you’re done!
With the seat lifted up and the thigh adjustment cord moved there is plenty of space for storage and standing. You can also see the strap that holds the under the seat tackle storage. There is enough room for a couple of nice sized plano boxes.
As you can see, Hobie put a lot of work into making their Pro Angler seat. I look forward to putting it to the test and you should keep an eye out for a fish-ability review that I will be adding after a couple more outings with the kayak! Thanks for reading.