This made all the difference... after 2 hours of sitting in the kayak,
this cushion made it enjoyable, whereas before it was uncomfortable.
The pad helps but it doesn't solve all of the problems with the Hobie
Mirage seat because it doesn't give you any additional padding
over the webbing with the pegs that hold the seat in place. I’ve
always considered the Hobie Mirage well designed except for the
seat. Basically it has no comfortable position because of the way it
fits into the “scooped out” seat area. It forces your bottom to slide
down and back on the webbing that the pegs are attached to. This
feels like you are sitting in a hard trench. The second problem is
the pressure that it puts on the back of your legs between the hips
and the knees, where the scoop angles up to the middle of the
kayak. This cuts off circulation in the back of your legs.
An improved pad design would be a wedge that is at least 4 inches
thick at the back of the pad, then tapers to 1 to 2 inches thick at
the front of the pad.
Instead of attaching to the seat by a flap like the existing pad, add
2 Velcro straps to the top and bottom of the back side of the pad
that are long enough to wrap around to seat back to hold the pad in
place. This would be a simple design that could be quickly attached
to the seat and you would still be able to reach under it to line up
the seat pegs to the holes in the kayak. Attaching it to the back of
the seat rather than the web and peg part would put padding over
the web and pegs.
Hobie still has work to do to improve the seat and/or pad.
Spent about 12 to 16 hours in
that seat over 3 days in SW
Florida bay fishing. Made a huge
very nice product. Self-inflates
to perfect thickness, or you
can inflate more if desired.
Velcro's securely to the Hobie
seat. Appears sturdy enough to
last awhile. Really makes a
difference in butt comfort.
Expensive, but worth it. Before
buying this, I tried a 20 dollar
inflatable thermarest pad. That
only lasted a couple of trips
before it started leaking. This
Hobie pad is far more rugged
and I'm confident it will last a
long time (6 trips so far).
The wife seems to like it :-)
Like David, I suffer from a lack of natural
padding. This cushion dramatically extends my
fishing time. Unfortunately, the cushion has
begun leaking where the valve is sealed into the
air bag rendering it useless. Have only used it
about 20 times.
Please contact us and we will get you a replacement asap!
First impression, literally, is that it
works very well. If it (we have 2)
holds up long term, it will be a
great buy. 4 stars until durability
I have a pretty bony posterior
and long periods of sitting can get
really uncomfortable. The i
Comfort seat lets me fish
comfortably for hours.
This is a good product for use
around salt water because it is
completely rinsable. Only 4
stars because the original seat
is just as comfortable. Bottom
line - good waterproof seat,
but no increase in comfort over
MADE THE OUTBACK SEAT MUCH
MORE USER FRIENDLY
This item came as described, and
fits in with the seat.