9 Top Kayak Outfitting Tips 2020 [And Why It Matters]

Many people don’t realize this but outfitting your fishing kayak is as important as choosing a fishing kayak itself. And this is not limited to fishing only. Whether you are planning a rough rafting adventure or just going out to fish in the lake, outfitting the kayak is important, even more so than picking a kayak for the ride. If the outfitting is not done properly, you will lose stability, security and control.

On the other hand, with proper outfitting, your performance is enhanced exponentially and your control on the water is increased, making your kayak more efficient than ever.

9 Kayak Outfitting Tips for Your Fishing Kayaks

To help you get your Fishing kayaks outfitted, I decided to share some tips that helped me with my kayak – 

Tip 1 – Use minicell foam to outfit

Mini Cell foams are the dense foam people use as the pillars of kayaks. These foams are available in various sizes and shops. However, buying these cell foams in a kayak shop could be a bit inexpensive. But you can get these foams in a car audio shop for much less.

Tip 2 – Properly Use Backrests / Back Bands

The lumbar pads and back bands against your back and prevents the paddler from sliding to the back from the seat while also holding him forward towards the foot braces. This helps the paddler by lowering strain off the lower back. Through the holes in paddler’s seat, the pads should be added and securely fastened.

Tip 3 – Install the hip pad properly 

Hip pads go on the side of your hip. But before installing one in its place first seat in your seat and check whether you’ll need a hip pad or not. If you can fit your hand between your hip and the side of your kayak, you will need a hip pad. If the distance is even wider, use additional cell foam to increase the padding.

It will increase the performance eventually. Wondering how?

These hip pads make it easier for you lean and tilt as well as help you stay in place so that you don’t roll upside down when in water. If you don’t make those shims too restricting, your kayak will grab your hips and give your proper control over your hip region.

But make sure to leave enough room for the vests and padding you’ll be wearing when paddling. If it is too tight, your movement will be restricted and efficiency will be compromised. However, If you feel like being numb after sitting for some time in your kayak, try moving the pads a little and you’ll be fine.

Tip 4 – Pad the seat pads

Most of the seats are manufactured for kayaks are made of plastic and as for the mold, they use a generic mold to depict how your butt would sit on the seat. However, like me, many people don’t fit on that generic mold or feel comfortable for a long time.

For them, it is important, if not must, that the seat is padded properly to fit the shape and provide maximum comfort. To modify or outfit the seat, you can use sleeping mats foam or the usual rubber seat pads available in the market.

Remember, the padding is not about comfort only. It also helps with the control by increasing friction between your hip and your kayak.

Tip 5 – Don’t forget the pleasure pods

Where the pleasure originates from, I do not have the foggiest idea. Basically, this is a touch of cushioning that sits on the facade of the seat in the middle of your legs.

It gives more contact between the pontoon and your internal thighs giving the seat a "saddle-like" feel. Both Prijon and Perception used to fit these as standard and they permit some alteration through the screw that affixes the pod to your seat. These pods can be effectively created from minicell foams or from layers of sleeping foam/mat.

Tip 6 – Use thigh braces 

Just a couple of years back kayaks accompanied standard thigh braces that offered just a little in the adjustment section. These days the circumstances have improved with most manufacturers offering flexible, adjustable and removable thigh braces. Remember, the right alteration/fit is crucial. Invest a lot of energy sitting in your pontoon and attempting the thigh braces out.

Tip 7 – Fasten the thigh pads 

Each time you lean or move, one of your thighs will in general sneak toward the focal point of the cockpit. Left to its very own gadgets, it would slip free from its thigh prop and cause you more control issues than you could ever need to examine. Neoprene thigh cushions or foams not just pad and solace your association with your thigh braces; they give the contact important to keep a strong grasp on your vessel.

You can even form foam snares along within your knees if your thigh braces come up short on these highlights, or the knee cups for both of your kneecaps to give you the ultimate in fit and control.

Tip 8 – Bulkheads and Foot Braces are important

This is the last contact point of your kayak. Bulkheads and foot braces give strong balance and help you push the remainder of your lower body firmly into the proper position. At the point when consummately balanced, your feet will lean easily against those footbraces.

In any case, when you apply a little weight, your hips, thighs, butt and your back press marginally harder against their particular cushions which gives your essential whitewater fit. Generally, you have two alternatives – either plastic/metal footrests that are darted into the pontoon or the foam bulkheads.

Tip 9 – Fix the leaks 

Last but not least, fix the leaks in your boat. Remember, even if the leak seems small right now, the consequences can be far worse.

Bottom Line

Now that you know how to outfit your kayak properly, you better get started since it might take a while to collect the materials and go through the procedures. Remember, even if you are just looking for a good lone fishing time in a steady lake, outfitting your kayak is as important as choosing a fishing kayak. 

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