The AirPro Advance Kayak seat adds over 4” of increased height over the standard Ride seat. The contoured seat and seat backs have been designed with increased comfort in mind. Multiple-sized holes in the special foam padding produce varying densities to provide extra cushioning along the spine and under the legs while comfortably supporting the sit bones. The flexible back rest features a cutaway for spinal support and a more rounded design to conform to your back; the seat's leg lifter area has a softer edge and is more contoured to your thighs. The Air Pro also features carefully selected material over the perforated foam, greatly improving ventilation so you and your seat breathe and dry out quickly. This seat fits the Ride 115 and 135.
I only had the chance to take this out on my Ride 115 for an hour or so. First impressions: 1 Although only four or five inches higher, the change in perspective is dramatic. Now my 115 seems too short -- wish I had a 135 at least until I have to deal with it on land. 2 My foot pegs are now too far away. Had to move them several notches closer. Im 61 200 pounds. 3 There is an under-seat compartment that I had expected to use for a plastic tackle box, but its too far back under the seat for my hand to reach. Might be a good place for a first aid kit or some infrequently used item. 4 The higher position is great for fishing: I can cast farther, and visibility into the water is much improved. Overall, I like this seat, but it will take some getting used to. I wish it was convertible, but I can still install my original low seat if I want. I think there will be times when I will want the feeling of actually sitting in the kayak - in wind or bigger water, for instance - as opposed to sitting on top of it. Ill know more next trip out.
The seat is designed very well and a big improvement over the original Ride 115 seat my boat came with but the foam is very thin like the original. You would think the Wilderness Systems people would have at least doubled the thickness of the foam especially since the new foam has holes in it anyway. If the foam was twice as thick I would have given this a 5 star rating instead of a 3 star rating.
Very comfortable seat. I have had back problems so several hours in the my Wilderness Ride 135 would get my back sore. The AirPro Freedom Elite seat solved all that and it also makes it more comfortable paddling for me. Great seat and very adjustable for different size people. I would definitely recommend this seat.
Just bought a ride 135 with this seat. I also owned the previous gen ride 135 and I can say that the seat makes a big difference on endurance trips. The added cushioning can really spare you the numb bum experience. The few inches of elevation helps with visibility in particular while fishing. All in all, I'm extremely pleased with this seat.