I ordered the Hobie Inflatable Seat Pad because my aging six o'clock
no longer has enough padding on it to keep from going numb after a
couple of hours when yak fishing. The Hobie inflatable seat pad put
a stop to that discomfort. Fully inflate it and then keep letting
enough air out until your buttocks does not bottom out on your yak.
That way you don't screw up the seating geometry. You will like this
air pad. You will also like the superb customer service from ACK . .
none better anywhere.
Great product! Easy to install and very comfortable, even on the long
no ifs, and or butts about it! this seat is terrific! much more
comfortable rthan the stock seat alone it`s understood but there are
no instructions noting that the inflate valve twists open for inflation
and then closes to hold the air I recommend deflating after use and
don`t overinflate peddle/paddle on!!
The seat pad was a Christmas gift for my husband. He seems very
happy with it. The service was great and the pad was exactly what
my husband asked for.
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