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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 10:44 am 
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I ordered a Sandpiper Sand Chair by Stansport from Amazon. It fits perfectly. I may not even use the wood blocks. It was $22 with prime shipping.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:14 am 
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Great idea to take a beach chair, but why couldn´t Hobie develop a better seat for the inflatables. Question to Matt: isn´t it possible to create a seat like the seat for the Outback 2015?

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 12:55 pm 
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What about a stadium seat, which spreads the weight evenly instead of on legs? Many probably have other drawbacks, but some look promising like the Rio Adventure My Pod Seat which is also intended for canoeing.

I have a kayak with similar strap on seat to the inflatables, and it kills me with back pain due to insufficient back support. I just worry about an i12s giving similar results, where my big tall torso just levers down and crushes the back. I have to wait a week or two between outings now due to this.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 11:30 am 
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Hobie is introducing a radically improved "vantage ct seat" for 2015 rotomolds. They have a video of it if you click on the HOBIE tab that drops down on the upper left of this forum screen.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 3:56 pm 
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I bought an additional seat for the i9s and successfully installed it at the back of the i12s. If you look carefully, you can strap it on quite tightly using what's already there.

It's a 2014 i12s model though, so I don't know if it will work for older models.

There isn't much leg space so I reckon it's good for a small person and not an adult. I had successfully taken my 8 year old out quite comfortably for several hours.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2015 7:06 pm 
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I stuck an inflatable seaeagle kayak seat into my i12s on dry land. The advantage is solid back support that isn't resting on stressed hardpoints. Disadvantage is higher CG (tippiness), loss of some rear cargo space due to the slope of the backrest, and worst is the uprightness of the seatback vs the need to slump back and reach the high pedals. The latter may be curable by letting some out air in one of the 2 (bulletproof) seat bladders. But I'm gonna try the stock seat before further experimentation. Here is a pic:

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Why do they put on snaps and zipper instead of corrosion resistant velcro? Anyway I also got their larger "fishing" inflato seat which is super comfy on other craft that can take the tippiness.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:10 am 
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After different chairs, at last the perfect chair for my Hobie i12. Adsend kayak chair from Tracker Bass Pro. $87.photobucket[url][/url]photobucket[img][/photobucket


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 1:36 am 
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frankfp wrote:
After different chairs, at last the perfect chair for my Hobie i12. Adsend kayak chair from Tracker Bass Pro. $87.photobucket[url][/url]photobucket[img][/photobucket

I'm guessing you meant "Ascend Deluxe Seat for FS12T Sit-On-Top Kayak" which seems to be the only one of their many seats that has perfectly straight crossbars to spread the weight, and is closest to the price you quoted. Looks comfy, but I'm concerned that my weight would wholly sit on the rear crossbar (or even tip back with pedal strokes) and prematurely wear the kayak floor there. I had meant to test my inflato seat today, but the flu got me down.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 11:53 pm 
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That inflatable seaeagle kayak seat works great... blessed back support in all of it's glory, and no hardpoints digging into the yak! I also think it makes it easier to get in or out of the yak. While Hobie's stock strappy seat is better than average, that is in no way comfy long term for someone with tall upper body weight crunching down on it. You end up hanging off the carry straps until your fingers cramp, or leaning back on your elbows.

It's a different experience sitting up higher, and definitely a bit tippy. I went out on huge waves, sometimes going almost vertical to get over the crest, but didn't dare test it sideways in a wave. It can give you more leverage if you want to lean into a wave, but I fear those waves that act like an ejection seat in popping you out. Should be better when a bit of air leaks out, but it hasn't leaked for months.

Practical advice is watch out for shipping overcharges from seaeagle... they list false dimensions for the deflated size so they won't send by the biggest flat rate box which in fact will fit. It has 2 bladders so you can mash your weight into it to accommodate them to your back shape. I anchored it down loosely with that shoulder strap that comes with the man purse thing on the back of Hobie's new stock seat... it stays put with your weight.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2015 10:08 am 
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I also find that the Hobie seat with the Mirage i12 just crushes completely and I end up flat on my back. I then got myself a stadium seat from Bass Pro...looked hopeful. The same thing happened! I don't know what I'm doing wrong in fastening it. I checked it on the ground and it withstood leaning back but as soon as I was on the water...I was flat on my back again. I'm no tinkerer or able to think of a way to make the seat stay upright while pedaling....any suggestions? S.O.S. I love my Hobie!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 12:38 pm 
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Just a thought......Have you inflated the hull with enough air?
Could it be "bending under pressure" when you lean back?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 3:54 am 
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If you mean an L shaped hinged stadium seat, all the weight is likely to be on the bottom rear edge. The yak floor will offer give and let the rear dig in. Then your weight will tip back and further put it off balance. Then you will push a pedal and tip back further... snowballing the problem.

To save that seat you might put floor rails sticking out the back. Maybe also hook straps forward, or place the stadium seat on top of the strap seat. One principle is to brace your lean-back with something going to the rear floor. The seaeagle seat does this beautifully... it's not just randomly bulky but the backrest has a wide pyramid shape to counter leanback.

I wish someone could report on the new rigid seat for hobie inflatoyaks. The strappy approach was so wildly infeasible for maybe anyone not built like a marathon runner or ballet dancer. If your lower spine arcs convexly around your gut, you cannot nestle in the straps but just push down the seatback in a second. I don't mean it leans back, but it gets pushed straight down, regardless of it's attempt to be stiff.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 9:27 am 
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I will definitely give your suggestions a go...straps and/or rails of some kind. If that fails, I'll get a Sea Eagle seat and sell or give my stadium seat to someone who can use it.

I too wish Hobie would get a rigid seat for the 2015 inflatoyaks! Alas, I'm no marathon runner or ballet dancer (I was once upon a time ago but no longer) *sigh*

I will also see if I'm inflating the hull enough - though I do think I am.

Thanks you two...you've given me hope!

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 1:52 pm 
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Does anyone know if the new rigid seat fits and 2014 i12? I need to do something. I can not stand the original seat.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 2:14 pm 
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Does not fit older models. The new hulls have wider floors... smaller side tubes.

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